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Celebrate Earth Day on Vacation

It’s easy to get comfortable on vacation, enjoy the luxuries, and neglect taking care of Mother Earth. This Earth Day, April 22, practice some small changes that can have a huge impact, but won’t kill your relaxed vacation mindset.

LEAVE YOUR CAR PARKED

Reduce your carbon footprint by walking, biking, or taking public transportation around Breckenridge. Not only are these options cheaper, but they can have a profound impact on the environment and you will probably notice some new sights on your way. You never know where a friendly fox could be hanging out!

SAY NO TO RECEIPTS

Do you really need that receipt? By choosing “no” you’ll not only save paper, but you’ll also save yourself exposure to the petroleum product BPA, which is present in the thermal paper. BPA has been linked to numerous health problems, including cancer, heart disease, and reproductive issues. And besides, what do you do with all those pesky little pieces of paper anyway?

RECYCLE

Breckenridge Grand Vacations is committed to sustainable business practices. Part of this effort is placing a strong focus on recycling and composting. There are numerous recycling bins placed throughout each property and inside the units. If you have any questions about what can or cannot be recycled, refer to this guide.

REUSE

Help eliminate additional waste and water consumption by reusing items. Hang up your towels after use, place the card indicating you don’t need your towels changed on your outer door, and enjoy your day knowing that you are having a positive impact on water consumption. Bring your reusable bags with you while out shopping in town. If you don’t have one, they can be purchased at the markets on property or at City Market. While you are out in town, pick up an eco-friendly reusable water bottle. This is not only a great souvenir, but will help eliminate waste.

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World Water Day

Did you know that less than one percent of the Earth’s water is available for human use? In celebration of World Water Day, March 22, Breckenridge Grand Vacations invites you to participate in a few water-conserving habits.

  • One of the biggest actions you can take to help conserve water is to install a WaterSense toilet. The EPA estimates that a home’s main source of water use comes from toilets, which account for nearly 30 percent of a home’s water consumption! By replacing an old inefficient toilet with a WaterSense one, you can save 20 to 60 percent in water consumption or over 10,000 gallons a year!
  • Another way you can help conserve water is simply turning off your tap when you brush your teeth. This simple action can save up to eight gallons of water a day and over 200 gallons per month!
  • Last, on your next Grand vacation in Breckenridge, sign up for your resort’s Sustainable Stay program. This resource conservation program invites all guests to participate in Breckenridge Grand Vacations conservation efforts. One green habit guests will practice is towel reuse. By reusing towels, guests will help conserve water by reducing the amount of linens that are sent to the laundry.

Bonus Sustainable Stay tip: Be sure you visit your resort’s EZH2O water refill station as well! These stations do more than conserve water, they fill your water bottles three times faster than a traditional drinking fountain and reduce the number of plastic water bottles that end up in the landfill.

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SUSTAINABLE STAYS 2017 RECAP

Sustainable Stays is a Breckenridge Grand Vacations program designed to engage owners and guests in our company’s sustainability efforts. We believe in doing our part to minimize the impact of our operations on the surrounding alpine environment, which helps us fulfill our promise of always creating Grand vacations for you and your family, for generations […]

Have a Greener Thanksgiving

With Turkey Day around the corner, it’s time to start planning the biggest meal of the year. Thanksgiving is all about gathering with friends and family, joining in a meal and showing your gratitude for the blessings the year has provided. Why not show a little extra gratitude to Mother Earth this year and add some green into your Thanksgiving routine?

  1. Reuse plates, cutlery, glasses and even napkins! This is a wonderful way to reduce waste and avoid the gravy-soaked plate disaster.
  2. Purchase local and organic food items. If you are going to be in the hustle and bustle of grocery shopping, why not add your local farm’s market to your list of stops. Not only are you supporting a local, but you may even find yourself enjoying this trip to the store.
  3. Make a colorful plate. While meat has always been the start of the show, the meat industry is also the number one source of methane gas. Increase the color on your plate this year and add more fruits and vegetable to the menu.
  4. Go for a walk. Are you having Thanksgiving with family that lives nearby? Why not walk, bike or take public transportation. Not only is this a fantastic way to burn off some of that turkey, but it also helps keep exhaust emissions down.

Green Tip

Become a citizen naturalist!  As a branch of “citizen science,” helping further science by assisting or conducting research as an amateur, a citizen naturalist assists conservationists in their regions to monitor wildlife and take on other observation-based tasks. Take a few minutes to assess your interests—birds, winter activities, lake or river navigation—then contact your local university, nonprofit, or cooperative extension office to offer your assistance. They’ll often provide training to get you started on a project of counting, analyzing, or making and recording other data they need for their work. Check it out, and discover even greater satisfaction in exploring the great and beautiful outdoors!

BGV Recycling 101

At Breckenridge Grand Vacations, we believe in minimizing the impact our operations have on the surrounding alpine setting. Over the years, BGV has adopted many sustainable business practices and environmental initiatives. From our investment in Breckenridge’s solar power garden to our employee gardens, we make sure we are stewards of our local environment. We invite you to join us in our sustainability efforts as we try to trash less and recycle more!

All BGV resorts offer single-stream recycling. Items accepted include all plastics #1-7, aluminum, tin and all paper fibers, e.g., cardboard, magazines, computer paper, newspaper and paperboard.

We are proud to announce that BGV is now participating in a bottle-to-bottle glass recycling program in addition to our single-stream recycling. In order to better capture glass in our recycle streams, we have teamed with a local waste hauler to offer glass-only recycling at our resorts.

The most recent EPA data suggest that national glass recovery for recycling is around 28 percent. We at BGV think we can do better than this.

Glass recycling bins and toters at all BGV resorts are affiliated with the color orange. Please help keep our single-stream recycling clean by placing glass bottles and jars in any glass-only recycling container. Please be on the lookout for these new containers.

And finally, did you know that you can participate in our composting program at any BGV resort? Simply ask the Front Desk for an in-room compost bin and, when you’re ready to dispose, we’ll take care of the scraps for you.

It’s not easy being green sometimes, but it is easy to participate in green and sustainable initiatives at your BGV family of resorts!

Yours in Sustainability,
Breckenridge Grand Vacations