Capturing Coal Methane to Power Operations

Aspen Skiing Company partnered with the Elk Creek coal mine, Holy Cross Energy, and Vessels Coal Gas on a $5.5 million investment to capture waste methane vented from a coal mine in neighboring Somerset, Colorado to generate carbon negative electricity. The three megawatts of power generated from this project produces as much energy as Aspen Skiing Company uses annually — approximately 24 million kilowatt hours. In addition, by destroying methane, a potent greenhouse gas, this project eliminates three times the carbon pollution created by the resort each year as well as garnering carbon offset benefits. Waste methane, and therefore electricity, will continue to be produced for at least 15 years, and possibly much longer. This project is the only one of its scale in the United States.

Making Our Voices Heard

Mike Kaplan, CEO of Aspen Skiing Company
Mike Kaplan, CEO of Aspen Skiing Company

Taking a stand against an existential threat to your business is something any good CEO would do. Perhaps that's why Mike Kaplan has frequently put pen to paper and voice his concerns and (by extension) our concerns as a business in major publications around America. Below are some of his op-eds on behalf of Aspen Skiing Company and the values we embody:

Aspen Needs Mexican Tourists

They've Been Staying Away, and 'Trump is the No. 1 Reason.'
Wall Street Journal, September 21, 2017

We're Still Here

The Aspen Times, December 27, 2016 (originally published in the Wall Street Journal)

Protect Our Winters (POW)

Protect Our Winters (POW)
Protect Our Winters (POW)

Aspen Skiing Company has been an avid supporter of the Protect Our Winters campaign, with our Senior Vice President of Sustainability, Auden Schendler, serves on the current Board. Together as an industry, we have helped create a movement to lobby Congress to take action on climate change. We are so committed to Protect Our Winters that every Aspen Snowmass uniform includes the POW logo on the sleeve, in an effort to raise awareness with our guests and demonstrate our values.

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Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC)

Pyramid Peak Clean Air
Pyramid Peak Clean Air

We went from knocking on the doors to inside the room, when it comes to policy-making. Governor Polis selected our senior vice president of sustainability, Auden Schendler, for the AQCC, which created the tightest methane regulations in the country along with other progressive climate policy.

Solar Power

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Solar Power Resource

On July 1, 2008, Aspen Skiing Company celebrated the installation of a 147 kW solar array at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School (CRMS) in Carbondale, Colo. The 147kW system sits on one half acre of ranchland owned by the high school and is one of the largest solar electric installations in western Colorado. The array is currently powering the school's science building and feeds excess energy into the town of Carbondale's power grid. Annually, it will produce 200,000 kWh (enough power for 20 average American homes) and keep 400,000 lbs of carbon dioxide out of the air.

In addition to this array Aspen Skiing Company operates:
• 10.6 kW array at Thunder River Lodge, an employee housing complex;
• 5.0 kW array at The Little Nell providing electricity for the 2,500-sq.-ft. Paepke Suite; and
• 2.3 kW array at Aspen Highlands Patrol Headquarters.

LEED Certification

Limelight hotel snowmass
Limelight hotel snowmass

Aspen Skiing Company developed the first set of green buildings in the ski industry. We participated in the creation of the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership Energy and Environmental Design Program, known as LEED. As a result, we built one of the first 11 LEED-certified buildings in the world — the Sundeck Restaurant atop Aspen Mountain. Then, we built a second, the Clubhouse at the Snowmass Club, which received a ranking of LEED Silver and was recently sold. We've now added the LEED Gold-certified Sam's, LEED Platinum-certified Holiday House Employee Housing Project, LEED Silver-certified Elk Camp Restaurant, LEED silver-certified Limelight Snowmass, and the LEED Silver-certified Limelight Hotel Ketchum.

Uniform Donations

Aspen Skiing Company uniform donations in Serbia
Aspen Skiing Company uniform donations in Serbia

We donate them to communities in need across the globe working with the National Ski Area Association's SWAG program. Shipments are typically 40 pallets and tens of thousands of pieces. Third-party non-governmental organizations clean and sort these uniforms then deliver them as needed. In the past, Aspen Skiing Company shipped uniforms to needy communities throughout Eastern Europe, Serbia, Kosovo and Hungary. Pictured is a group of high school students wearing some of our donations. These clothes were donated to a school for use by all students, who ski one week a year and they may not have ski clothes.

Corporate Volunteer Policy

Corporate volunteer policy
Corporate volunteer policy

Full-time, year-round employees can take up to 16 hours of paid time off to volunteer in the community. This program has the potential to generate 15,500 hours of service and more than $330,000 in wages donated to support the community.

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