Green and local is great
(Editor’s note: This letter was originally addressed to “The Honorable Mick Ireland.”)Dear Editor:I have been a resident in Aspen for years and work for a high profile real estate firm in the city core. I am an eco-broker and very closely connected with the green nonprofits in the valley. I am writing out of concern for the people who can not afford to live in our beloved town of Aspen.I think it’s important that they be able to attend such events as Adam Lewis’s preview screening of Leonardo DiCaprio’s new green documentary film, “The 11th Hour”; The Ideas Festival; and The Harvest Festival nonprofit fundraiser event at Sustainable Settings. My response to this concern is to suggest a project like the Lodge at Aspen Mountain which will provide much needed hotel rooms for visitors.The LAM project is way above and beyond anything that’s been proposed before concerning energy efficiency. They are willing to guarantee at least 30 percent more efficient energy savings per year than other hotels of their size in town. This is the first time a project like this will take an annual audit and if the energy savings is less than 30 percent they will pay the difference monetarily. LAM will actually find a local non-profit to donate the money to. Keeping it local and keeping it green … guaranteed. Now that’s a great project!I know this hotel project will get approval. After all … what good is having Aspen as an educating mega-center and the only people attending its events are the families who are funding them?Alison BierhoffAspen
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
Readers around Aspen and Snowmass Village make the Aspen Times’ work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User
With world travel off the table due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Aspen Sister Cities organizers have turned to a digital format to keep the spirit of global friendship alive.