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Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” The Aspen Public Radio news team won three first place and two second place awards at the Colorado Broadcasters Association 2008 Awards of Excellence on March 14 in Denver.

News reporters Marci Krivonen and Victoria Foley and news director Mitzi Rapkin shared a first place award for Best Regularly Scheduled Newscast. Marci Krivonen won first place for Best Single Event News Coverage for her story on the adventures of Colorado delegates Bryan Gonzalez and Blanca O’Leary at the Democratic National Convention. Mitzi Rapkin won first place for Best News Feature Report or Series for her story on the closing of the Crystal Palace; Rapkin also won a second place award for her series on religion and buildings in the category of Best Mini-Documentary or Series for Public Radio. Reporter Victoria Foley won second place in the Best News Feature Report or Series category for her story on the Aspen Writers’ Foundation Story Swap program.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Alpine Bank has been approved for recertification of its ISO 14001 environmental registration, according to KPMG Performance Registrar Inc.

Alpine Bank, headquartered in Glenwood Springs, was initially certified in July 2006, and thus far is the first and only bank owned in the U.S. to earn this recognition.

In 2005, Alpine Bank’s Green Team spearheaded a pro-active approach to managing environmental issues within its footprint. The Green Team also created Alpine Bank’s Environmental Management System (EMS), a framework comprising internal policies, guidelines, location and department action plans, and most importantly, systems to measure progress.

As a result, Alpine Bank is commited to: using resource-efficient products, services, and practices; pollution prevention; renewable resources; continuous improvement through actions; regular performance audits; and community outreach, awareness, and education.

Alpine Bank purchases 100 percent of its electricity from “green sources,” either directly from local utility providers’ “green power” programs or by utilizing carbon offsets obtained through the Colorado Carbon Fund. The result effectively eliminates 3,396.73 metric tons of CO2 emissions annually. Additionally, in line with the state of Colorado, Alpine Bank has adopted the following goals to “Green the Banks” by 2012 (reduction targets measured against baseline year 2006):

– 20 percent reduction in energy use

– 20 percent reduction in paper use

– 10 pecent reduction in water consumption

– 25 percent reduction in courier fleet fuel consumption

During Alpine Bank’s re-certification, which is required every three years, ISO auditor KPMG reviewed Alpine Bank’s full EMS plan and visited six bank locations to ensure system practices were being implemented. Employees were also questioned during the audit to show their understanding of the bank’s EMS.

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