Copper Mountain Environmental Commitment
Copper recognizes that sustaining our environment is critical to the future success of our business and to future generations. As such, Copper strives to be stewards of our mountain and village environments.
Copper Mountain’s Environmental Dedication
In the past year Copper Mountain has installed two Windspire Vertical Axis Wind Turbines and resulting in over 900 kWh's of generated power; the energy reduction saved is equivalent to saving 1 barrel of oil. Copper Mountain has continued its dedication on recycling and composting in specific resort food and beverage locations. Throughout this process Copper has placed guest educational signage emphasizing the power of reusing products. This past season the resort has recycled over 31 tons and composted over 78 tons, thus deterring 109 tons of waste in local landfills.
NSAA Climate Challenge
Additionally Copper Mountain Resort along with the other POWDR Corp Resorts has joined NSAA's Climate Challenge. The NSAA Climate Challenge is engaging ski areas across the country to take action and fight climate change. The Challenge will not only result in measurable, quantifiable results and benefits, it will also help participating ski areas make tangible progress each year to fight climate change while reducing utility bills, and convey results for the benefit of skiers and riders, ski areas, resort communities, and our planet. Thru the Challenge, Copper Mountain will continually set goals and measure the success of the goals each season to ensure we are honoring our commitments we have made.
Copper Environmental Foundation (CEF)
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. Over the past year the Environmental Foundation supported such organizations like Friends of the Dillon Ranger District, Summit County Pre-School, Summit School District, Keystone Science School, Girl Scouts and High Country Conservation Center.
2012/2013 Copper Environmental Foundation grant recipients include: Friends of the Dillon Ranger District, Girl Scouts of Colorado, High Country Conservation Center - Cloud City, Keystone Science School, Lake Dillon Pre-School, Summit County Pre-School and Swan Center Outreach.
Copper is proud to support the following organizations and campaigns.
- The Copper Environmental Fund, (a non profit 501c3) was founded in November 2007 by Copper employees with a long-term goal to support environmental initiatives in Summit County and the surrounding area. Employees may voluntarily contribute to the fund, and all employee contributions are matched at 100% by Copper Mountain. The CEF is currently accepting applications for its 2012 Grant Cycle. Read more about CEF here.
- National Ski Area Association's Keep Winter Cool Campaign, which supports awareness and action on global warming.
- National Ski Areas Association's Sustainable Slopes Campaign, which advocates ski area environmental stewardship in many areas through an environmental charter that Copper supports.
- The Rocky Mountain Climate Organization is working to build a coalition of businesses and governments in the Rocky Mountain region who support taking action on climate change in our area.
- The U.S. Forest Service, especially the local White River Forest Ranger District, continues to be our strongest partner in our joint commitment to environmental excellence.
- The new High Country Conservation Center, formerly known as Summit Recycling Project, is a local Summit County organization supporting recycling, green building, renewable energy and energy efficiency.