Information on public transport is available on the resort’s website, Amtrak (www.amtrak.com), RFTA (www.rfta.com) and Greyhound. Cost of transport is less than 15 cents/km
Lockers to store their unnecessary gear: there are at least 100 at each of our 4 mountains. Cost is minimal.
Bikes are available during summer and Bike paths throughout resorts are available. Some Diesel-Electric hybrid shuttles operated between Aspen and Snowmass
RFTA currently operates a fleet of over 82 vehicles and carried 4.1 million passengers in 2006. RFTA uses Biodiesel fuel in all of its fleet of diesel power vehicles including our hybrid buses, and ethanol in our gasoline vehicles. http://www.rfta.com/green.html.
At the resort gondolas for transport are used.
Sheltered point of arrival at Rudy Pary in Aspen.
Information on carpooling on the resorts website, on the radio and in the local press
Free parking for high occupancy vehicles. Frequent/easy access to bus transportation throughout Aspen and Snowmass.
Parking for cars carrying 4 or more is free at Aspen Highlands and Snowmass.
Radio and newspaper advertising throughout the region.
Using 15 passenger vans some commuter pools are organized. In addition the Aspen Skiing Company subsidizes 75% of the cost of bus passes. Aspen offers discounted bus passes to employees and incentives to use van pools and bike to work.
Salt isn’t used in the city of Aspen.
Impact of the use of salt: studies have been undertaken by County and City governments.
Photovoltaic panels on the Aspen Highlands Patrol Headquarter (2,3 kW), at the Thunder River Lodge (10,6 kW), at the Snowmass golf club clubhouse (4,3 kW), at the Colorado Rocky Mountain school (150 kW), at Sundeck (2.3 kW) and at The Little Nell hotel powering (5 kW). The PV systems are net-metered through connections to the grid.
Micro hydroelectric power station from a snowmaking reservoir. Power: 115 kW
The hydro is connected to the grid.
The systems were reviewed by the appropriate government planning agencies.
Geothermal energy for the heating and air conditioning of the Snowmass golf club Clubhouse and for club Snowmass
Resort focus on the reduction of energy consumption: low voltage light bulbs, sensors for lighting, energy plan with carbon footprint reduction goals…
Building energy audits have been completed and findings implemented in many buildings thorughout the resorts.
· Green energy supplier
A significant portion of the energy consumed by the Aspen Skiing Company is renewable. The Town of Aspen’s utility also use hydroelectric turbines to provide more than 70% of its energy. Green energy certificates delivered by Community Energy for 26 063 MW/h
· Atmospheric light pollution
The resort limits unnecessary lighting through reducing street lighting and/or scheduled power cuts. The local mountains are not lit up at night.
Information on the reduction of energy consumption available inside the LEED certified buildings in the resort. Aspen has 4 buldings: Sundeck - LEED Certified, Sam's Smokehouse - LEED Gold, Snowmass Golf Clubhouse - LEED - Silver, Holiday House - LEED - Platinum
The City of Aspen does have a renewable energy mitigation program (REMP) that seeks to levy fees for large home energy consumption. The REMP project is operated by the Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE). CORE's partnerships with individuals, governments, and businesses (which includes three local utilities) has led to a remarkable series of accomplishments.
The local utilities also offer rebates for the installation of solar electric systems and use of high-efficiency appliances.
Detailed master plans in all the municipalities throughout the valley. These master plans tend to favor in-fill development.
A number of snow guns are dismantled for the summer period, electric cables are gradually of being moved underground. All disused lifts have been dismantled.
Lower RPM, sonar info on snow depth, training on grooming operation to reduce fuel consumption
Resort uses re-usable ski passes with a $5 refund available to those who return the pass media.
Bins are thoughout the resort.
All resort operations meet ISO 14001 standard.
Audubon certification awarded to Snowmass golf course.
Sewage treatment plant in Aspen-Snowmass, sewage discharge limits are respected
State minimum stream flow requirements applied
Reservoirs for snowmaking: stored water, stream withdrawals, and treated or untreated muncipal water. Several impounding reservoirs for a total of 45 000 m3
Origine of the water: rivers and streams.
No rainwater recuperation: this is illegal in the USA
Dual flush systems in certain public buildings
Recycling collection containers in the resort: sorting and separate collection of glass, paper & cardboard, metal, plastic…
100 rubbish bins on the ski area for a total of 46 lifts
Waste disposal site at Pitkin County Landfill 5 km from the resort
Green procurement and waste reduction policy: environmental charter & eco-purchasing. The green purchasing is focused on food, disposable items (plates/bowls/napkins etc.), green cleaning supplies and green office supplies. They typically attempt to buy Greenseal certified items or their equivalent
Picking up of waste along the lifts and on the ski area is part of the employees remit.
There are smoking bans in Snowmass and Aspen.
The city of Aspen is involved in the Sustainable Slopes charter www.nsaa.org/nsaa/environment/sustainable_slopes
All employees are educatied on sustainability goals and expected to work toward achieving those goals.
A GHG emissions assessment has been carried out and an action plan has been subsequently developed. The resort has an aggressive energy reduction plan in place seeking a 10% reduction by 2012 and 25% by 2020.
Small wetland areas exist and are untouched.
Other specific areas of importance for wildlife been identified (nesting areas, migration paths, etc). Protected areas are clearly denoted on trail maps.
Numerous farms around Aspen city: cattle and poultry breeding
Summer ‘markets are held on Saturday. The resort does work with farmers to serve local products.