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 

Green Tip

Studies estimate that as much as one third of the world’s food—about 1.3 billion tons—is wasted each year. That means that the water to grow it and the fuel to ship it are squandered, and the food that ends up in landfills breaks down into methane, one of the largest contributors to global warming. Become more conscious of the food you are consuming—and wasting—by considering the following tips.

  1. Fruits and vegetables are the most common waste, followed by dairy products and bread. Meat comes in third but has a huge impact in terms of the resources used to produce it. Start a journal to monitor how much of these products you actually use in a week, then purchase accordingly.
  2. Do a “waste audit.” Keep track of how much you’re throwing away each week and make additional adjustments to your shopping list.
  3. When you see that you may not use up all of what you bought before it goes bad, consider freezing what you can. Many fruits can be frozen and either eaten as is when thawed or used in desserts. Frozen vegetables can be used in soups and casseroles. Bread that has been frozen may be a bit drier but toss it into the toaster for a couple of minutes and you won’t notice the difference.
  4. You don’t need to consider expiration dates too rigidly. They are not federally regulated and usually indicate the date by which the producer is certain the product will be at the height of its quality. After that date, there may be slight changes in taste, color or texture. The product won’t instantly go bad the day after the expiration date, so use your best judgment.
  5. Be realistic in meal planning. As you stroll down the attractively arranged aisles, you may feel inspired to make lots of home-cooked goodies for your family. Slow down a moment and ask yourself how much time you’re really going to have to cook and how many meals your busy family will have time to eat at home, especially if you have children very active in school activities.

It’s all about becoming conscious of what you actually consume, and that consciousness will likely also pay dividends to your food budget!

Green Tip

Spring cleaning provides a great opportunity to declutter your life. Whether cleaning out a closet, basement, garage, or shed, use these four categories to decide what to do with each item.

  • Keep it. If you have used it in the last year, you’ll probably use it again. And even if there is a newer model or style out since you bought it, why replace something that still gets the job done?
  • Donate it.  If you really don’t use or wear it, but it is still in good shape, it’s entirely possible that someone else would love to have it. Ask family and friends if they could use it, or donate it to a local nonprofit, homeless shelter, or other organization that might put it to good use.
  • Recycle it.  Mail, magazines, and books are all recyclable, as are plastics and glass. Become familiar with recycling policies and drop-off locations and drop your stuff off to be made into something brand new!
  • Trash it.  There will still be some stuff that simply has no future or further use, and will be destined for the landfill. Once you have carefully considered the options above, you won’t have that much stuff to take to the landfill, and you won’t feel quite as guilty leaving it there.

Sustainable Stays

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 our operations have on the surrounding alpine environment, which helps us fulfill our promise of always creating Grand vacations for you and your family, for generations […]