At Copper, sustainability is our goal. Environmental, social and economic success is interdependent. We recognize that the decisions we make today will affect the future sustainability of our business.
Copper manages our lands in an environmentally responsible manner to ensure enjoyment of our high alpine environment by future generations. We continue to reduce our resource consumption, reuse resources when possible, and increase recycling across the resort. Projects at Copper include the Transportation Center solar system, resort-wide focus on energy conservation, and the Green Globes certification of the new Woodward at Copper facility. This year’s environmental initiatives include powering a vehicle on vegetable oil from our restaurants, a compost pilot program at our conference center, and continued focus on energy savings.
Social sustainability is promoted through Copper’s investment in its employees and the community. Each year, Copper supports community initiatives including the Ski Conservation Fund, which directly funds local conservation projects in our National Forest. In addition, the employee-driven Copper Environmental Foundation supports youth environmental and education projects in the community.
Copper’s environmental projects don’t happen on their own; there are employees across the resort who work towards sustainability. As our mechanical maintenance manager, Mark Graham is in an ideal position to increase efficiency and generate innovative ideas that will reduce Copper’s environmental impacts. Mark has extensively researched renewable energy and the potential applications throughout the resort.
Thanks to this Colorado native’s efforts, Copper is considering several renewable energy applications; including biomass boilers using local beetle-killed trees, solar thermal and vegetable oil boilers. This year, Copper installed a vegetable oil boiler which will use fryer grease from our restaurants to provide heat for the Transportation Center. Mark’s team will also increase energy efficiency at our conference center through upgrading the energy control system and retrofitting some refrigerators to use outdoor air on cold, winter days.
While you’re here, look for our composting program in the conference center and Jack’s, recycling opportunities across the resort and the solar energy panels and display at the Transportation Center.
Copper's 2009 Environmental Report can be viewed here:www.coppercolorado.com/environment.