Lodge goes beyond the bare minimum
This letter was originally addressed to Aspen Mayor Helen Klanderud:Dear Editor:I am writing to express my support for the Lodge at Aspen Mountain project. Here’s why: On energy use, the developer could have committed to aggressive energy-efficiency goals, proposed and built a business-as-usual project, and then used questionable energy models to prove compliance. Instead, showing enormous integrity, they have proposed an extremely progressive design, and a verification system based on actual performance that is a model for the entire hotel industry. In fact, this proposal trumps any of Aspen Skiing Co.’s green buildings and establishes a model we hope to emulate. If Aspen wants to have a prayer of meeting its Canary Initiative goals, and if it hopes to stand as a model for other communities, it needs to support, and then replicate, projects like this, which prove to the town and to other developers that we can build and rebuild radically efficient, profitable, commercial buildings. If council rejects the lodge proposal, Centurion Partners already has approval to build large townhomes. They will make out fine from such an arrangement, but the community will lose big. At a time when Aspen businesses like ours clearly need more hot beds, to forgo a hotel and build a few more empty, dark castles would be misguided.Auden SchendlerExecutive director Community and Environmental ResponsibilityAspen Skiing Co.
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