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Vail & Habitat for Humanity Join to Build LEED Homes

Vail Resorts Development Company, Vail Mountain, Beaver Creek Resort, and RockResorts have announced a green partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Eagle and Lake Counties in Colorado.
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VAIL, CO - Jan. 27, 2009 -

Today, Vail Resorts Development Company, Vail Mountain, Beaver Creek Resort and RockResorts announced a partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Eagle and Lake counties to assist with the LEED-certified FOX Hollow home project. This project in Edwards, Colo., is providing homes to 16 Eagle County families. Through the Vail Resorts 360 charitable giving program, the Vail Resorts Green Partnership will enable Habitat for Humanity of Eagle and Lake Counties to provide energy efficient upgrades that work to meet the LEED certification.

“Habitat for Humanity of Eagle & Lake Counties is grateful for the support from the Vail Resorts 360 program. We are excited to partner with Vail Resorts Development Company and the entire Vail Resorts team on the first LEED certified Habitat homes to be built in Colorado”, said John Welaj, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Eagle & Lake Counties. “Our goal is to create a model for sustainable homeownership for hardworking, local families in need.”

For years, the Vail Resorts family has been committed to working with non-profits where the Company’s resorts are located. This year, in an effort to be more focused with its charitable giving and make more significant and meaningful contributions to the community, the Company launched the new Vail Resorts 360 program with two defined areas of focus for Eagle County: Youth and the environment.

“We want to support programs that make a meaningful difference for families with children and Habitat for Humanity has provided comfortable homes for more than 70 Eagle County kids,” said Keith Fernandez, president of Vail Resorts Development Company. “Habitat for Humanity’s Fox Hollow project represents the values and goals of the Vail Resorts 360 program.”

Through its development projects in the Company’s resort communities including the proposed EverVail, expected to be the largest LEED-certified project for resort use in North America, Vail Resorts Development Company and the Vail Resorts family are demonstrating the importance of building green to live and operate in a more sustainable manner.

“The Fox Hollow housing project illustrates that sustainable, yet economically smart building, is possible,” said Fernandez. “Projects like this one are critical to the livelihoods of our children and the health of our community as a whole.”

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