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Skico recognized for enviro efforts in skiing industry

Aspen Times Staff Report

The Aspen Skiing Co. received two awards last weekend for its environmental initiatives within the ski industry.

The Skico was given two Silver Eagle Awards by The Skiing Co., a division of Times Mirror Magazines and publishers of Ski, Skiing and Freeze. The awards were presented Saturday, May 6, at the annual National Ski Areas Association convention in Orlando, Fla.

This was the third straight year the Skico was recognized for its environmental efforts. Last year, it won the award ceremony’s highest honor, the Golden Eagle Award. This year, that honor went to Stowe (Vt.) Mountain Resort.

The Aspen Skiing Co. won its Silver Eagle Awards this year for energy conservation and water conservation.

“We’re very proud to be recognized for our environmental commitment,” said Skico Director of Environmental Affairs Chris Lane. “The real credit goes to the employees of our company for helping reduce our impact on the environment. It is through their hard work and caring that our programs continue to succeed.”

In energy conservation, one of the Skico’s most important achievements was the fitting of the Sundeck Restaurant with a host of environmental and energy-saving features: a deck made from recycled materials, elimination of CFCs in refrigeration, and energy-efficient lighting, windows and shades.

It is one of only 10 buildings in the United States to achieve certification by the U.S. Green Building Council’s rigorous Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program, the first national rating system for “green” buildings.

The Skico was also lauded for various programs including energy assessments and extensive lighting retrofits of two energy-intensive buildings; a renewable-energy program using wind power to supply 30 percent of the energy needs of the Sundeck Restaurant and 100 percent of the energy required to power the Cirque lift; installation of energy-efficient washers and dryers in employee housing; participation in an EPA Energy Star Buildings program to improve efficiency in 60 percent of the company’s buildings; and deconstruction and recycling of two buildings.

In water conservation, the Skico was recognized for efforts to reduce water use and improve the quality of the local watershed. The company instituted a hotel water-saver program, in which guests have the option of reusing towels and sheets, and contributed more than $18,000 to fund water conservation projects, including wetlands creation and water-quality monitoring, through the Skico employees’ Environment Foundation.

A total of six Silver Eagle Awards were given, along with the Golden Eagle honor. In addition to the Skico, Silver Eagle Awards went to Stratton Mountain Resort for wildlife habitat protection; Gore Mountain (New York) for environmental group relations; Mad River Glen for environmental education; and Vail for area visual impact.

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