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Green Meetings

Conference Green Meetings Beautiful field of Aspens in the summer at Keystone Conference Green Meetings

A leader in environmental stewardship, Keystone has been implementing initiatives to support the beauty, stability, and integrity of the natural environment since our founding in 1970 and Green Meeting practices since 2000.

Guests of conferences, events and meetings can choose from a host of sustainable practices available including recycling, waste reduction, energy and water conservation, and green transportation options. ECHO Meeting Planning Guide & Incentive Program.

Please view our Meeting Planner Guidelines for ways to make your meeting green.

Ski with a Ranger
To enhance the outdoor experience, we offer guests the chance to ski with a US Forest Service ranger. The program brings guests the unique opportunity to view wild habitats and gain knowledge about the forests that make up our resort areas.

Community Outreach
Lend a hand and have fun as you become a steward to the national forest for a day. Swing a tool on projects ranging from tree planting to trail improvement in the White River National Forest with our partner non-profit organization Friends of the Dillon Ranger District.

Recycled Community Art Project
Tap into your inner artist, have fun as a team and leave a lasting community impression long after your event is over.  Our community art project diverts materials from our recycling stream which are used to create works of art that will be placed with a commemorative placard along our pedestrian walkway and throughout Keystone’s Villages.

Guest Donation
Guests are offered the opportunity to donate $1 when they purchase season passes, buy tickets online, play a round of golf at one of our golf courses or stay at one of our lodging properties. In Colorado and in South Lake Tahoe, the donation goes directly to our partnership with the National Forest Foundation and has generated more than $1.7 million in contributions to forest health projects in local communities.
Click here to learn more about the Guest Donation program

David Sackmann
Keystone's designated green meetings team leader for Keystone Resort & Conference Center and co-founder of the Colorado Chapter of the Green Meetings Industry Council (GMIC). He is active with GMIC locally and nationally. David partnered with Kim Langmaid with the National Forest Foundation to prepare group on-mountain projects for our ECHO Conferences offerings and is one of the authors of Vail Resorts “ECHO Meetings Program” guide.

Jason Komes
Keystone’s Environmental Manager, Jason Komes, strives to make it easy for our guests, employees and overall community to be involved with our sustainability initiatives and enhancing our already epic outdoor experience through enviromental best practices, education and outreach.  Jason also actively participates in local sustainability nonprofits; developing best practices and improving resources for hazardous waste collection and disposal; and continually looks to develop, implement and pursue new ways to reduce resource consumption.

Keystone Resort conservation and energy initiatives:

  • Best in-class Compost Project –165 tons for FY 13. All of the compostable materials collected are delivered to the local commercial composting facility at the Summit County Landfill to be sold locally for soil enrichment. Currently 7 sites at Keystone are contributing to our compostable waste collection program, including the Conference Center, the Lodge and Spa, the Ranch Restaurants and The Outpost.
  • Recycling – Recycling program that prevents plastics, tin and aluminum cans, newspaper, office paper, and cardboard from entering the landfill continues to recycle over 1000 tons per year.
  • Water and Energy Conservation – switched to energy-efficient LED lighting, state of the art automated snow-making equipment, and installed “low-flow” bathroom fixtures.
  • Building Efficiency Upgrades – The Lodge and Spa’s million dollar upgrade save 20-30% on energy consumption.

The material recycled and composted by from Keystone Conference Center every year is equivalent to:

  • Saving 18 households of energy for one year
  • Preventing 106 trees from being cut down and turned into paper products
  • Preventing 138 tons of air emissions from being emitted into the atmosphere 
  • Taking 66 cars off the road for one year

Green Meetings Best Practices:

  • Work with property to offer paperless checkout
  • Select a property with towel and linen reuse programs
  • Select a property with a guest room recycling program for newspapers, aluminum cans and plastic/glass bottles
  • Utilize an opt-out program for daily newspaper delivery (if applicable).Waste management & recycling – general meeting space
  • Minimize or eliminate conference brochures – if needed, send postcards. Print any materials on minimum 30% post-consumer recycled content paper with vegetable (soy) inks. Look for printers that also offer Forest  Stewardship Council (FSC) paper
  • Promote online registration
  • Minimize or eliminate speaker handouts – offer them online to attendees. At a minimum, require double-sided copies
  • Promote name tag and event signage recycling
  • Encourage vendors to offer recycled content giveaways (ask us for resources)
  • Utilize reusable name tags and event signage
  • Utilize reusable decorations or choose planted or organically grown plants  and flowers that can be donated to an area hospital or nursing home after the conference or event
  • Consider edible centerpieces, such as fresh fruit arrangements
  • Consider eliminating conference gift bags or switching to cloth bags that can be reused and provide an excellent sponsorship and educational opportunity
  • Offer refillable mugs at registration to the conference attendees as a souvenir or make available for purchase on-site
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