• Gaylord Rockies Earns ENERGY STAR Certification

     
    POSTED March 19, 2022
     
  • Gaylord Rockies Earns ENERGY STAR Certification

     
    POSTED March 19, 2022
     

Being environmentally friendly is more important than ever with 83% of organizations taking sustainability into account when planning gatherings according to the 2022 Global Meetings and Events Forecast produced by American Express Meetings & Events. One of Colorado’s major meetings and events properties, Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center in Aurora, is doing its part and recently achieved ENERGY STAR certification.

ENERGY STAR-certified buildings and plants perform in the top 25 percent of buildings nationwide, and Gaylord Rockies was verified in the top 5% based on weather-normalized source energy use that considers occupancy, hours of operation and other key metrics. On average, buildings and plants earning the ENERGY STAR recognition use 35 percent less energy, cause 35 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions, and are less expensive to operate than their peers without sacrificing performance or comfort.

Since visiting Gaylord Rockies while it was under construction and soon after it opened in 2018, it has been clear that the property is tuned into sustainability. General Manager Suzy Hart says, “Saving energy is just one of the ways we show our community we care, and that we’re committed to doing our part to protect the environment and public health, both today and for future generations.”

It’s that time of year when groups are readying plans for holiday events, and employers are looking at how to celebrate their teams. In the fall 2022 issue of Colorado Meetings + Events, we looked at the state of holiday gatherings and found that they indeed are on the rebound. Some gatherings are going big after two years of not getting together or generally scaling back, while others are opting for in-office parties, small dinners, or community service projects. 

 

Colorado has 58 mountain peaks exceeding 14,000 feet, known locally as “fourteeners” or “14ers.” This is more than any other state and includes the 14,115-foot Pikes Peak, where standing at the summit in 1893 inspired Katharine Lee Bates to write the poem “America” that today is known as the song “America the Beautiful.”

 

For someone who cringes at simply popping a cork on bubbly, sabering offers an alternative, as long as skillfully hefting a heavy sword is doable. It’s certainly impressive enough to watch, but how does someone add this skill to their repertoire?