• 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.”

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. 

 

Honeycomb Strategies, based in the Colorado mountain town of Crested Butte and with a second location in Portland, Oregon, has been certified as a B Corporation. The women-owned sustainability consulting firm is helping the global event industry create sustainable management systems and reduce its footprint. 

B Corps are for-profit companies that meet the highest standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability and use their profits and growth to positively impact stakeholders and the planet.

 

Sun Outdoors, with more than 175 resorts and campgrounds across the United States and Canada, is collaborating with Outdoor Afro to provide the organization with a variety of year-round experiential activities, events and opportunities, including leadership conferences and fundraising events.