Energy Conservation- Aspen Skiing Company, Colorado
ASC, winner of the 1998 and 1999 Golden Eagle Award for Overall Ski Area Operations, returns with another outstanding program. Initiatives in this area include: extensive lighting retrofits in the Gondola building and locker rooms; a renewable-energy program using wind power to supply 30% of the energy needs of the Sundeck Restaurant and 100% of the energy required to power the Cirque lift; energy-efficient washers in employee housing; an EPA Energy Star Buildings program to improve efficiency in 60% of the company's buildings; a 75% subsidy of employee bus passes; a $1.8 million annual subsidy of skier shuttles and a formal employee van-pool program.
One of ASC's most important achievements in this area has been the fitting out of the Sundeck Restaurant with a host of environmental and energy-saving features: a deck made from recycled materials, elimination of CFCs in refrigeration, and energy-efficient lighting, windows and shades. It is one of only ten buildings in the US to achieve certification by the US Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, the first national rating system for green buildings. (Finalists: Killington, VT; Mount Bachelor, OR)
Water Conservation- Aspen Skiing Company, Colorado
In an effort to reduce water use and improve the quality of the local watershed by reducing pollution and funding water-related environmental projects, ASC instituted a hotel water-saver and contributed more than $18,000 to fund water conservation through ASC's employee Environment Foundation.
Some of the initiatives include: a switch from solvent-based to water-based parts washers in vehicle shops to reduce hazardous waste generation and solvent leakage; installation of a high-efficiency horizontal-axis washing machines in employee housing; a fluorescent bulb recycling program to prevent mercury from leeching into local groundwater and development of a landscaping plan for the new Sundeck restaurant that uses native grasses which eliminates irrigation beyond the initial establishment period. (Finalists: Angel Fire, NM; Smuggler's Notch, VT)