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Whistler/Blackcomb involves community stakeholders in every stage of planning and development at the resort and encourages open communication so that problems can be identified and common ground can be found. The resort is a member of ten community and local environmental groups, created a Habitat Improvement Team, a member of a Streamkeepers and established an Environmental Fund to further the resort’s involvement in community and environmental group projects. Whistler/Balckcomb’s environmental programs treat community environmental groups as partners and are undertaken in the belief that strong relationships with community stakeholders are instrumental to the success of the resort’s programs. (Finalist: Vail, Colorado)