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Breckenridge recognized for sustainability efforts at Jackson Hole summit

Summit Daily staff report

Chosen from more than 600 initiatives around North America, the town of Breckenridge received a 2014 SHIFT Sustainability Award on Oct. 10 in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Town Community Development assistant director Mark Truckey accepted the award for the town's SustainableBreck Business Program.

The SHIFT Sustainability Awards recognize the most effective and innovative sustainability initiatives currently underway in communities across North America. The town's SustainableBreck Business Program provides free energy and environmental assessments as well as personal assistance to businesses to help them save on operating costs (those associated with energy, waste, supplies, water and transportation) while reducing the business' carbon footprint. The program is a cooperative effort with the High Country Conservation Center.

As a SHIFT Sustainability Award recipient, the town was invited to the SHIFT Summit and joined some of North America's pioneers in community sustainability for a forum on best practices and conversation on the future of conservation. Truckey participated in programs that explored challenges and opportunities in building a more sustainable community. The goal of the summit is to create networks and disseminate best practices that sustain these communities.

After a nearly four-year public process, the town adopted the SustainableBreck Action Plan in 2011 to provide a blueprint for how the town could sustain itself to the year 2030 and beyond. The full plan and annual reports as well as the monitoring can be found at