While Copper Mountain moves forward on construction of the 19,000 sft. training facility, Woodward at Copper, they are striving for Green Globes recognition of environmentally sustainable building practices.
Already a good steward of the environment, Copper offsets 100 percent of electricity used for snowmaking, lifts, and all resort-owned buildings, amounting to 20,000 kwh. Additionally, Copper operates three Cobus 3000s, environmentally friendly buses that are nearly 60 percent more efficient than standard buses. The ski area has also been able to reduce its snowmobile fuel consumption by 40 percent in the past two years.
Copper's overall renewable energy strategy is evidenced by the recent installation of their first solar project. Photovoltaic panels now line the south-facing roof of Copper's Transportation Center located in the Alpine Lot. The 4.2 kilowatt solar system is providing a portion of the electricity for the building.
Increased recycling will continue to be a priority at Copper Mountain, with plans to add several independent businesses to the program and pilot a guest recycling program in The Cirque hotel. Copper will also continue to reuse materials whenever possible in terrain parks and other on-mountain operations.
The resort is offering carpooling incentives to guests who arrive with four or more people in their vehicle. On select weekends, premier parking in the Alpine Lot will be offered for those who carpool. Carpoolers will not only enjoy VIP parking close to the shuttle buses and a short walk back to their car at the end of the day, but they will also be entered into a Season Pass giveaway for the 2009-2010 winter season.
Local forest conservation plays a large role in this environmental program. Copper has partnered with the National Forest Foundation (NFF) to fund local conservation projects and has committed to donate funds to the Friends of the Dillon Ranger District, a local non-profit partner of the United States Forest Service.
A Ski Area Contribution Program granted more than $75,000 to local non-profits since its inception in Nov. 2006. Copper has also created an employee environmental fund, whereby voluntary contributions from employees are matched by Copper and the money is granted to local non-profit or tax-exempt groups conducting youth-focused community environmental projects, through which more than $5,000 was granted to four projects to support local youth environmental action and education initiatives in the first year alone.