Colorado resort switches to clean electricity

Aspen Meadows Resort reopened on June 1 and is currently following county guidelines for no more than 50 percent capacity for both guestrooms and restaurants. Photo credit: Aspen Meadows Resort

The Aspen Meadows Resort, a Dolce Hotels & Resorts by Wyndham-branded property in Aspen, Colo., has switched to using 100 percent clean electricity for its resort campus. The resort worked with its energy provider, Holy Cross Energy, to purchase 100 percent clean electricity including wind, solar, and hydro generated in Colorado. 

“We know that the climate crisis will not wait for a more convenient time, so it’s imperative that we move forward in making changes that will benefit our employees, guests, community and planet by reducing our greenhouse gas emissions,” said Richard Stettner, VP for Aspen campus facilities and operations. "The renewable energy switch is part of a more sweeping plan to work towards carbon neutrality for resort operations and Aspen Institute/Meadows staff travel. In addition to the renewable electricity transition, the resort is replacing all plastic water bottles with reusable options (which are cleaned and sanitized between use), as well as removing all single-use plastics from guestrooms." 

The resort is the original home to The Aspen Institute, which gathers leaders, scholars and others to address some of the world's most complex problems, including climate change. The Aspen Institute’s Energy and Environment Program and its Green Team, a volunteer committee focused on implementing sustainability initiatives within the Aspen Institute, have already implemented measures to reduce the resort’s environmental impact, including a robust recycling program and adhering to the principles of the slow food movement with a focus on sustainable and local ingredients. In addition, the hotel’s main conference facility was designed and built with the environment in mind and is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold-certified.

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