Copper Mountain’s Green Investment in the Mountain Lifestyle

Copper Mountain is constantly evolving thanks to input from our guests, which has translated to healthy dining options, small locally owned shops, restaurants and life-enhancing activities and events. But, Copper Mountain also is dedicated to giving back to the environment and supporting the mountain lifestyle.

October 10, 2013

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Copper Mountain is constantly evolving thanks to input from our guests, which has translated to healthy dining options, small locally owned shops, restaurants and life-enhancing activities and events. But, Copper Mountain also is dedicated to giving back to the environment and supporting the mountain lifestyle. Over the past year, Copper Mountain has recycled over 151 tons of waste and composted over 14 tons of “garbage,” keeping 165 tons of waste out of local landfills. More information 

The Quest to be 100% Bottle Free
Copper Mountain installed highly efficient bottle re-filling stations around the resort in its quest to be 100 percent plastic bottle free. Join us in our pledge to significantly reduce the amount of plastic purchased and discarded by using refillable water bottles. Each time a bottle is refilled, guests are helping to reduce the amount of plastic being thrown away, or even the resources needed to recycle it. 

Copper Mountain Employee’s Support Green Initiatives in the Community 
The Copper Environmental Foundation (CEF) was started in November 2007 by Copper employees, with a long-term goal to support environmental initiatives in Summit County and the surrounding area. CEF is fully funded by Copper Mountain employees who donate money from every paycheck to support green initiatives throughout Summit County. Over the past year, the Environmental Foundation supported organizations including Friends of the Dillon Ranger District, Summit County Pre-School, Summit School District, Keystone Science School, Girl Scouts and High Country Conservation Center. 

Solitude’s Solar Heating Lessens Dependency on Natural Gas 
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Earlier this summer, Copper Mountain’s Solitude Café, located at the top of the American Eagle chairlift, added a new solar thermal heating system. The system is used to pre-heat the domestic hot water used by the restaurant for cleaning, washing hands and dishes. Three, 4 feet by 10 feet, flat panel solar collectors were installed to pre-heat the incoming cold water from 40°F (4°C) to temperatures as high as 140°F (60°C) before it is directed into traditional water heaters. The system has allowed Solitude to turn off water heaters in the summer that are annually used to heat the water. The solar system is expected to generate heat for approximately 90% of the Solitude’s summer hot water needs and around 40% of the winter hot water needs. The system is connected to an advanced energy meter that will accurately measure the amount of energy produced in KWH’s. 

The installation of this new solar thermal heating system will reduce the dependence of natural gas used and will reduce the wear, and tear on the existing water heaters, as they are now heating water that is pre-heated rather than 40°F (4°C). 

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