COPPER MOUNTAIN, CO – Copper Mountain announced the release of the resort’s 2008 Environmental Report, which highlights Copper’s existing and upcoming environmental initiatives, including the installation of a 4.2 kilowatt photovoltaic system at the Transportation Center, Green Globes certification of the new Woodward at Copper facility and the creation of an employee-based fund to support local youth environmental programs.
“The theme of the report this year is simple – we can all take action in our own lives to get involved in protecting the environment,” said Copper environmental manager Jen Schenk. “Copper simplified the 2008 Environmental Report this year by adding some tips on how guests can ‘Get Involved’ in helping us protect the environment.”
During the 07/08 season Copper created an employee environmental fund, through which more than $5,000 was granted to four projects to support local youth environmental action and education initiatives. Copper has recently completed energy assessments for all the facilities it owns to determine areas where energy savings can be implemented, showing a 1% decrease in electricity consumption and a 9% decrease in natural gas usage over the past year.
Copper’s Environmental Report outlines initiatives for 08/09 as well. Copper’s first solar project has been installed and photovoltaic panels now line the south-facing roof of Copper’s Transportation Center located in the Alpine Lot, providing a portion of the electricity for the building. In addition, construction of the 19,000 square-foot Woodward at Copper facility is underway; Copper will achieve two Green Globes, a third-party green building standards program promoting sustainability in building design and construction. On select weekends this season, Copper will be offering preferred parking in the Alpine Lot for those carpooling, with guests enjoying VIP parking close to the shuttle buses and a short walk back to their car at the end of the day. Guests will also be given bumper stickers encouraging carpooling.
For Copper’s 2008 Environmental Report in-full, please visit http://www.coppercolorado.com/aboutus/environment/index.htm . For questions, please contact Jen Schenk, Copper’s environmental manager, at 970.968.3264 or via email at SchenkJ@coppercolorado.com .
Copper Mountain is a full inclusive resort with three distinct villages (The East Village, The Village at Copper and Union Creek) ideally suited for different personalities, all within easy walking distance of the slopes and activities. Copper has 17 mountain establishments located in the East Village and The Village at Copper for coffee, fine dining, quick bites and grill options. For those guests seeking other recreational pursuits, Copper offers snow tubing, snowshoeing, dog sledding, scenic and dinner sleigh rides, snowmobiling, an athletic club and ice skating. For up-to-date weather, photos and more, visit www.coppercolorado.com . For Winter 08/09, Copper introduces Woodward at Copper, a first-of-its-kind year round training facility dedicated to skiing and snowboarding, www.woodwardatcopper.com.
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