• 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.”

Many of Colorado’s wineries are located on Colorado’s Western Slope, but Sweet Heart Winery & Event Center in Loveland is one of the exceptions. Located on 8 acres, the winery has indoor and outdoor venue options to host gatherings ranging from meetings, expos, and fundraising galas to holiday parties and networking events. The barrel room can hold up to 200, or book the entire facility for a larger affair. 

 

Thank a destination that is hosting your group and have a teambuilding activity all wrapped in one. Here are a variety of groups to plug into for projects involving trails, historic places, waterways, and open space. 

The City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks hosts one-day volunteer projects. Spend the day constructing or maintaining a nearby trail for Boulder locals and visitors alike to enjoy.   

 

Colorado brings home its fair share of recognition

As travel comes returns in many parts of the world, Forbes Travel Guide unveiled its 2022 Star Award winners on April 26, 2022. The United States debuted 10 hotels, three restaurants and seven spas on the Five-Star list, while London claimed the title of the city with the most Five-Star hotels worldwide at 21 on the list. On the local level, six Colorado entities landed a Five-Star nod, while 12 received Four-Star recognition.