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Articles and Awards

September 2008 - Conde Nast Traveler recognized Vail Resorts as a World Saver Award receipent in the Preservation category for its commitment to renewable energy offsets, its conservation program with the National Forest Foundation and other environmental initiatives.

May 2008 - The National Ski Areas Associaton awarded Vail Resorts the Silver Eagle Award for Water Conservation efforts, including the installation of water-saving devices, trail design that minimizes water usage in snowmaking and other snowmaking efficiencies.

April 2008 - Julie Klein, Director of Environmental Affairs for RockResorts and Vail Resorts Hospitality, has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory as one of 19 Colorado business and community leaders to participate in their 2008 Executive Energy Leadership program. The six-month program is designed to educate business and government leaders about clean energy solutions for their businesses and local economies.

October 2007 - Colorado's Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) recognized Vail Mountain as a "Gold Leader" for the second consecutive year.

September 2006 - Colorado's Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) recognized Vail Mountain as a "Gold Leader", the most prestigious level of the state’s program. The Colorado ELP is a voluntary program that encourages and rewards superior environmental performers that exceed the requirements of environmental regulations and move towards the goal of sustainability. Gold Leader designation is awarded to businesses that meet certain criteria, some of which includes implementing and achieving continual environmental improvement goals which go beyond regulatory compliance, and implementing and maintaining a fully functional Environmental Management System. In addition, Gold Leaders must have maintained a clean compliance record at least three years prior to applying to the program.

September 2006 - The Colorado Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) recognized Vail Resorts with the first-ever "24-Karat Challenge" Award. This traveling trophy is a peer-nominated award among the other Gold Leader members, based on environmental "above and beyond" activities submitted by each Gold Leader company. 

2005 - Keystone Resort was recognized by the U.S. Forest Service with the Caring for the Land Stewardship Award as part of the USFS regional Forester's Honor Awards in the Rocky Mountain region for sustained support for Forest Service programs and for being a leader in environmental sensitivity and stewardship.

October 2004 - Luke Cartin, Vail Mountain's environmental manager, was awarded the "Pollution Prevention Champion" Award, which recognizes individuals for reducing environmental impacts in the state of Colorado. Cartin was recognized for “providing ski area leadership in pollution prevention, energy efficiency, and renewable energy”. 

May 2004 - Vail Mountain was recognized with the Silver Eagle Award for Energy Conservation by Mountain Sports Media.

May 2004 - Keystone Resort was given the Silver Eagle Award for Environmental Excellence in Waste Reduction and Recylcing from the National Ski Areas Association and Mountain Sports Media.

2003 - The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) and Golf Digest awarded Don Petrey, superintendent of Keystone Golf, an Environmental Leader in Golf Award.

May 2002 - Keystone Resort was recognized with the Silver Eagle Award for Environmental Excellence in Waste Reduction and Recycling from the National Ski Areas Association and Mountain Sports Media.

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