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Congratulations on being chosen as a finalist for the 2010 Vail Valley Success Awards! Please type answers to
the following second round questions and return to Suzanne Sloan at the Vail Valley Partnership by Friday, December 18th. If you do not respond by this date you will no longer be eligible for this award. Thank you for your attention to this and congratulations on your business accomplishments!
Category of Nomination: Your name: Business Name: Contact Information: Number of Business Locations:
Green Business of the Year Kristen Bertuglia, Environmental Sustainability Coordinator Town of Vail 970-477-3455 Municipal Govt. (1)
1. Please detail your level of accomplishments during 2009 that you believe qualify your business of be chosen as ‘ Green Business of the Year’. The Town of Vail is honored to be chosen as a finalist for the 2010 Vail Valley Success Award. We feel that environmental stewardship is and should be a part of daily operations, and we are proud of our success this past year related to green initiatives. We look forward to working with the community to make Vail an environmental leader. Some highlights of our accomplishments in 2009 follow. In January, 2009, the Town of Vail adopted an Environmental Sustainability Strategic Plan, which establishes 6 key goals for the Town of Vail and set the course for our work over the past year: 1. Solid Waste Stream Reduction and Recycling: Reduce the amount of Town of Vail landfill contributions by 10% within 5 years, and 25% within 10 years. 2. Energy Efficiency: Reduce the Town of Vail municipal and community energy use by 20% below 2006 levels by 2020, in order to effectively reduce the Town’s contribution to greenhouse gas emissions and impact on global climate change. 3. Ecosystem Health: Ensure that the natural environment, specifically air and water quality, water quantity, land use and habitat are maintained to current or improved levels of biological health. 4. Sustainable Economic and Social Development: Lead programmatic efforts to promote sustainable and profitable business practices within the Town of Vail and the Vail community. Implement employee sustainability programs to maintain high quality of life. 5. Public Education and Communication: Increase public education and awareness, communication and environmental stewardship in the Town of Vail. 6. Transportation: Reduce the environmental impact of transportation by supporting efforts within the Eagle Valley to decrease total Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) by commuters and guests by 20% by 2020.
Policy & Regulatory Actions • Created the position of Environmental Sustainability Coordinator to focus on the town’s environmental goals full-time. • Updated the town’s regulations making dead trees a nuisance to assist in the town’s wildfire protection actions. • Completed feasibility study and regulatory options for a volume-based, or Pay-As-You-Throw waste reduction program. • Adopted 2009 International Energy Conservation Code with amendments containing more stringent requirements for boiler and window efficiency. • Adopted 2009 Fuel Gas Code with amendments that improve natural gas usage related to decorative, gas-burning outdoor fire pits. Monitoring & Measurement Actions • Established a baseline scenario for Town of Vail organizational green house gas emissions and energy consumption, residential waste levels and recycling participation rates, water quality and forest health and established measurable, attainable goals for improving the baseline. • Completed stream tract survey to identify encroachments on public property to ensure protection of water quality and riparian corridor. • Initiated the RiverWatch stream health monitoring program, to assess metals, dissolved oxygen, and stream health on Gore Creek sites. • Installed monitoring device on 4.53 KW solar system at Colorado Ski Museum. Public Education & Environmental Stewardship Before Recycling Center Upgrade • The Town Public Works department accepts used oil and antifreeze from the, and provides free ground cover (wood chips) from Christmas trees and other landscaping, to keep these items out of the landfill. The Town also burns used motor oil for heat in the mechanics’ shops. • The Town of Vail library switched to biodegradable plastic bags for book checkout and return, and recycles used plastic bags. • All Town facilities recycle paper, commingled items, cardboard, batteries and electronics. • Completed a $135,000 recycling center improvement project, installing a cardboard compactor that greatly increases the volume of cardboard collected before it is hauled away. • Completed facility-wide energy assessment and implementation plan goals and released a request for proposals, Re: energy audit for town facilities. • Initiated the Green Events program in cooperation with the Commission on Special Events, event producers and the Special Events review team that has resulted in less waste, more awareness, and strong partnerships. After Recycling Center Upgrade • Received the following environmental grants: 1) USDA waste composition, recycling education and survey ($100,000) for Garfield, Pitkin, Eagle counties; 2) NWCCOG Technical Assistance grant ($5,243); Pay-As-You-Throw feasibility study; 3) $6,000 awarded for a stream bank restoration project in Stephens Park by the Colorado Water Conservation Board Healthy Rivers Fund; 4) AIA Colorado Chapter grant for Sustainable Design Assessment Team project ($15,000) • Prepared U.S. Department of Energy grant for biomass project, which would utilize beetle-killed wood in a boiler that would offset natural gas usage for Town sidewalk snowmelt systems. • Implemented Electronics-waste recycling program, collecting over 8,000 lbs.
Implemented Trees for Vail Forest Restoration Program. Red Sandstone students planted 75 trees with another 100 trees donated to Vail residents. Facilitated a pilot recycling program for th 4 Grade students plant blue spruce at bars and restaurants in the Vail Golf course during Trees for Vail Vail Village that has program in October. diverted thousands of glass containers from the local landfill. Completed Black Gore clean-up project to prevent road sand on I-70 from migrating into the creek. Completed a Gore Creek water quality protection plan. Conducted a successful program and finished 5th out of 30 in the Colorado Association of Ski Towns Reusable Bag Challenge to raise awareness about the benefits of reusable bags. As a result of the Challenge, Vail visitors and residents used more than 20 times the amount of reusable bags as recorded in 2007, resulting in nearly 300,000 plastic bags diverted from circulation. Created a citizen’s advisory committee to assist with improving recycling and waste diversion practices, and exploring the Pay-As-You-Throw concept. Held Sustainable Building Initiative public workshop to gain community feedback on green building practices. Served on steering committee, held community charettes, compiled data for Sustainable Design Assessment Team project. Retrofitted the Community Development Department lighting system, saving approximately $1500/year in operating costs. Conducted Town Clean-Up Day event with 100 citizen volunteers. Initiated municipal composting program for all landscaping and flowers, and have begun in-office worm composting for food waste and coffee grounds. This has significantly reduced trips to the landfill as well as cost. Led volunteer effort for 4 miles of Gore Creek as part of the Eagle River Clean Up. Led volunteer effort for 6 miles of I-70 as part of the ERWSC Highway Clean Up Day. Purchased more hybrid vehicles for the Town’s fleet in place of less efficient vehicles, and operates a fleet of hybrid buses in the Town’s free bus system.
Town employees learn about composting on an employee environmental education field trip.
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WHAT’S NEXT FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY IN VAIL
In 2010, among other initiatives, the Town plans to continue to work on our green building program - the Sustainable Building Initiative, upgrading buildings to reduce our carbon footprint, incorporating more hybrid vehicles into the fleet, improving recycling practices, increasing public education and awareness, improving water quality and improving the green events program. The Town’s Green Team will launch an incentive program rewarding employees that go above and beyond in helping us achieve our goals, as well as a grant/incentive program for green businesses.
2. Utilizing your mission and core values as guidance, please define what differentiates your business from your competitors and qualifies you for this award. Town of Vail employees take the mission of providing the citizens of Vail and our guests superior services, outstanding environmental stewardship and an abundance of recreational, cultural and educational opportunities to heart. Vail values the interdependent relationship between the resort, community and municipality. Vail's success as a resort depends largely on its success as a community, as the community fosters relationships between locals and visitors. We are in the unique position to make plans and take actions that are investments in the experiences and lives of many different generations, today and into the future. Official Town values include respect, trust, integrity, innovation, and collaboration. Particularly related to this nomination, our mission of environmental stewardship and our value of collaboration has strengthened over the past year. The Town’s Green Team has helped to drive culture change within the organization, resulting in an improved environmental ethic and emerging leaders within each department. Energy conservation in the office and in vehicles has begun to resonate, and talk of carbon emissions reductions has become commonplace. New ideas are heard each day on how to ensure a positive environmental impact, and employees have the opportunity and support to take action. The Town listens to event producers and community members, and is in the unique position to provide environmental services such as recycling of regular and hard-to-recycle materials and education programs. We also provide a place for the community to gain information and for their voices to be heard. 3. Please provide an example of your company’s success in terms of revenue and growth over the preceding year. Vail has weathered the economic storm well this past year, and though sales tax numbers are slightly lower than preceding years, proactive Town initiatives have allowed Vail to come out as industry leaders in several areas. Vail continues to outperform other mountain communities in lodging occupancy. Vail Mountain saw more skiers this year than last winter, and has sold more EPIC passes for this coming season than last. Enplanements at Eagle County Airport are reported up 4.5% for this coming ski season over last season. Recent attendance figures from special events indicate an increase in people coming to Vail for events. Over the past year, the Town has completed key milestones that have contributed to growth and revenue, and exemplify our success in these areas: • In Fall 200, the Town of Vail adopted Vail’s first-ever Economic Development Strategic Plan which contains 6 goals, including a focus on building a year-round economy:
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Build a strong relationship between the Town of Vail and Vail business community. Increase the Town of Vail’s economic activity as measured by sales tax revenue to exceed annual inflation, as measured by the Consumer Price Index. Focus on building a year-round economy; reduce economic seasonality by growing the summer economy (May-October) at a rate greater than the winter economy (November-April). Provide support for a workforce delivering world-class service to positively impact Vail’s economy. Provide support for sustaining, upgrading and maintaining Vail’s capital assets as it relates to sustainable economic health. 8. Support the stimulation of diversity of services and businesses locating in the Town of Vail.
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Contributed $550,000 in winter marketing stimulus funding for “Vail All the Love” campaign which resulted in 7,000 incremental room nights during the season. Winter 2009 Expanded the community host guest services program to include coverage on Fridays. Winter 2009 Developed and shared monthly economic indicators and trends to help respond to changing economic conditions. FY 2009 Provided $1.4 million plus in-kind services to help fund special events to generate summer and shoulder season business which resulted in increased attendance during select events. FY 2009 Implemented $2 million summer and shoulder season marketing campaign from Vail Local Marketing District which resulted in 11,000 incremental leisure room nights and $1.6 million of group sales room nights being booked in the Town of Vail. FY 2009 Embarked on a partnership strategic alliance to leverage the Vail brand with well known companies in the sports, fitness and wellness categories resulting in 20 potential partners as well as hosting a Women’s Wellness Summit. FY 2009 Vail indicators outpaced resort competitors during the winter of 2008-09 and the summer of 2009. Commissioned an economic impact study of the Vail Valley Medical Center to the Town of Vail. Spring/Summer 2009
WHAT’S NEXT FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN VAIL The Town of Vail will continue to work with the Vail Economic Advisory Council to advise the Vail Town Council, Town Manager and the community on economic issues that will sustain, enhance and diversify the town’s economy. The Town will also continue successful marketing efforts and special events and remain flexible for new opportunities given the “new normal” environment to maintain the goal of being the “premier mountain resort community.” Finally, the Town plans to continue to build long-term brand awareness that drives short-term sales and continue to position Vail as a world-class, year-round destination.
This application is due by Friday, December 18th at 4:00 p.m. Your answers and documentation will be reviewed by a selection committee. Winners will be presented February 5, 2010 at the Vail Valley Partnership’s Seventh Annual Gala and Success Awards to be held at The Lodge at Vail. Please address any questions about the application process to Suzanne Sloan at Suzanne@visitvailvalley.com. For event tickets, please contact Michelle Kobelan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-4774001. Please return your application to: Suzanne Sloan (970-477-4009) or Fax 970-476-6008. Or mail to: Vail Valley Partnership, PO Box 1130, Vail, CO 81658