Taking a resort vacation does not mean your eco-friendly habits have to vacation as well. Reducing your carbon footprint can easily be achieved by making a few behavioral changes during your travels. Here are six ways to help you green your next resort vacation.

  1. Make Smart Travel Plans

Planes, trains, automobiles, on foot, or by sea—there are plenty of ways to travel around these days. The least eco-friendly option is by plane, but if you have to fly, search for airlines that are taking steps to reduce their environmental impact. Southwest Airlines, for example, is taking measures to eliminate excess waste in their company and on flights.

Train travel has a surprising low carbon footprint. So if you have extra time to arrive at your destination, it might be worth booking a ticket—not to mention that traveling by train gives you the chance to really enjoy the scenery around you.

If you and your family plan to travel by road, consider renting a hybrid vehicle for the trip. This helps you reduce your gasoline usage, which, depending on the length of the trip, might actually make up for the cost of the rental itself.

  1. Use Public Transportation

Once you arrive at your destination, stay at a resort with easy access to public transportation. All of our BGV resorts are on free shuttle routes and the Town of Breckenridge offers a free trolley and bus service for guests and visitors.

Another service to explore is bicycle rental programs. Many cities—Denver for one—offer them. Renting a bike is a great way to go sightseeing as well as explore some locations you might miss by walking around or taking a car.

  1. Buy Local

Live local, buy local, be local. Check out farmers’ markets to purchase supplies for a picnic lunch, and choose souvenirs from local artisans and vendors. Not only are you supporting the area’s economy, but you’re reducing your carbon footprint because the goods you purchase aren’t being packaged and shipped from the corners of the earth.

Green Chef, a Denver-based company, makes it easy to eat locally grown Colorado foods and delivers them to your door. Green Chef can also deliver their organic food boxes to any of our BGV resorts.

  1. Choose Resorts with Green Programs

Before you book, call the resort’s front desk and ask if they have a green program. Many resorts provide tips and resources to guests on how to reduce their environmental impact while staying with them.

Did you know you can make your BGV vacation GRAND and GREEN! Be sure to participate in BGV’s Sustainable Stays program, which is available at all our resorts. Want to be green but not fully commit to the program? Simply hang the “I Want to Conserve” sign outside your residence door, letting staff know you’ll be reusing your towels, which conserves both water and energy.

  1. Bring Your Reusables

Bring or buy reusable shopping bags. Or the next time you’re at one of our resorts, participate in our Sustainable Stays program. You’ll receive a complimentary reusable bag with your participation. Reusable bags are another small way to cut down on the unnecessary plastic waste that pollutes our lands and waters.

Reusable water bottles are another great way to cut back on plastics. Most plastic bottles end up in landfills and take decades to break down. Bringing your own water bottle ensures that you’re helping to eliminate plastic waste. All of our BGV resorts have refillable water bottle stations, and we encourage you to be another number. Each time you fill your bottle, you’ll see how many plastic bottles have been diverted from our waste stream.

So while you may be on vacation, the planet is not. Let’s help keep it grand and green for us and for the future.

Yours in Sustainability,

Breckenridge Grand Vacations

Imagine a world where our electronic devices such as cell phones, flashlights and hearing aids, tethered us by a cord and outlet. It makes you appreciate that simple thing called a battery a bit more. From our cars to our watches to smoke detectors and keyboards, batteries help keep the world going, and though batteries are small, they can have a huge waste impact. The EPA estimates that Americans purchase nearly 3 billion dry cell batteries every year, with alkaline batteries being most common. These batteries are very safe and effective but over time can contaminate the environment and groundwater if thrown away rather than recycled.  Many cities and counties will collect both single-use and re-chargeable batteries. Be sure to check with your local waste divisions about battery recycling, and know that if you have a battery die during a GRAND stay, BGV will properly recycle it for you.

IMG_1412It’s easy to get comfortable on vacation, enjoy the luxuries and neglect taking care of Mother Earth. This Earth Day, 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?

IMG_0420RECYCLE

Breckenridge Grand Vacations is committed to sustainable business practices. Part of this effort is placing a strong focus on recycling and composting. Each property has numerous recycling bins throughout the property and inside the units. If you have any questions about what can or cannot be recycled you can reference 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 out on your 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.

Goldie Bear Loves BeesPLANT A SEED!

Swing by the Front Desk and pick up a wildflower seed packet. These wildflower varieties are especially attractive to bees and other pollinators, and by planting them, you do your part to create healthy habitat for these important insects. Take them home and plant them around your hometown, or make an activity out of finding places around Breckenridge to plant the seeds.