We love the loads of pristine white snow that glisten in the sunlight under an azure and cloudless sky on our favorite bluebird day. And we crave that panoramic summit view – those endless miles of crisp pine-dotted Rockies towering amidst a boundless vault of atmosphere stretched infinitely overhead.
But Copper Mountain is keenly aware that the natural resources we’re in love with are actually finite and must be protected. So, a decade ago Copper embarked on an Energy Initiative Program designed to reduce energy consumption and energy resources to protect the beauty and wildness that magnetically draw us to this place.
Copper Mountain’s environmental mission is to reduce, reuse, recycle – and rethink.
A decade ago, back in 2004, Copper completed three major projects that set the tone:
In the years that followed, the ideas flowed and Copper began a partnership with The National Forest Foundation to donate a portion of lodging revenue to fund local forest conservation projects – now totaling over $115,000 in donations.
In 2008, when Woodward at Copper was completed, it was awarded the Green Globes green building certification for using recycled materials and energy efficiency measures. That same year, Copper installed a solar system at the Transportation Center which currently generates an average of 5,900kWh annually.
About four years ago, Copper began a pilot composting program at Jack’s food court. Currently, you’ll find composting at three major food courts and banquet operations here at Copper. At these venues, they’ve removed trash cans so all you have to do is put your tray into a large cart and let Copper employees do the messy, individual bin-sorting for you.
Copper has even revamped their 2012 Green Team, which is made up of ten employees, each representing a different department around the resort. Stephanie Sweeney, one of the Green Team’s rethinking minds, works in Copper Mountain’s public relations department. “Gary Rogers, our general manager, revived the Green Team last season in an effort to make Copper’s green efforts bigger and better than ever,” says Sweeney.
So, what can you do to help keep Copper clean and green?