Breckenridge hotel wins award for sustainability |

Breckenridge hotel wins award for sustainability

The DoubleTree by Hilton Breckenridge was recently awarded two DoubleTree by Hilton “Awards of Excellence,” an ongoing tradition that recognizes hotels across the country.

The first award, the Living Sustainably Environmental CARE Award, was presented to the DoubleTree for its outstanding commitment to implementing and demonstrating sustainability and environmental outreach efforts that impact guests as well as the local community.

The DoubleTree in Breckenridge exemplifies environmental stewardship through its everyday commitments to energy reduction, including LED and motion-controlled lighting, low-flow showerheads and faucets, reusable linen program and rechargeable batteries for all A/V equipment, the hotel said.

Additionally, the hotel has an extensive recycling program for waste, including re-using and recycling all used shampoos, conditioners and soaps for donation to nonprofit Clean the World. The hotel’s restaurant, 9600 Kitchen, is a farm-to-table concept featuring locally sourced ingredients as well as herbs grown on-site in the hotel’s greenhouse.

The second award went to Breckenridge local and four-year DoubleTree employee Brandy Sawyer, who was named the Director of Sales/Director of Business Development of the Year. This award is nomination-based and recognizes individuals that best represent the Hilton values of hospitality, integrity, leadership, teamwork, ownership and “now.”

“Brandy was nominated for her spirit of teamwork and drive to increase group and transient business to our hotel,” said Chris Torsleff, DoubleTree by Hilton Breckenridge general manager. “She is a respected leader at Vail Resorts and within our community for her commitment to integrity and community involvement, as well as her strategic approach to growing our meetings and events business at our hotel.”

Western Slope Home And Recreation Expo moves from March To May

The Western Slope Home and Recreation Expo producers on March 13 announced that they will move the expo for 2015 from the dates of March 21 and 22 in Eagle to the weekend of May 16 and 17.

With the change in date, vendor applications are still open if businesses are interested in participating.

This expo is the region’s largest such event, featuring manufacturers and retailers from across the region showcasing remodeling and repair products, including renewable windows, decking, garage gear, sheds and more.

A kids’ area with bounce castles and pint-sized entertainment keeps little bodies busy, allowing parents to fully immerse themselves in the expo atmosphere.

Attendees are invited to participate in the Home and Rec Expo Passport program, giving them a chance to visit with sponsors and vendors and win prizes, including sponsor giveaways throughout the weekend.

On Saturday, Home Expo guests will be able to win a prize every hour between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The Home Expo takes place at the Eagle River Center (just off the Interstate 70 Eagle exit) on Saturday, May 16, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is open to the public and access is free, but attendees can give suggested donations of $2 per person benefit Habitat for Humanity Vail Valley.

Polis backs Visa program vital for local business

Rep. Jared Polis in early March sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson urging him to issue an interim rule to allow the H-2B seasonal worker visa program to continue as courts address legal challenges to it. The program is critical to many of Colorado’s top industries that rely on seasonal workers admitted on this temporary visa.

“The H-2B visa program is a vital component of Colorado’s economy, helping businesses in my district, and across the state, access the workers they need in order to effectively conduct their day-to-day operations,” Polis wrote. “I respectfully urge you to direct the DHS to work with the Office of Management and Budget in issuing an interim final rule to address this issue immediately.”

The H-2B visa program provides a vital influx of workers at periods of peak demand for many U.S. businesses when the local workforce is unable to meet the employer’s needs. The program has enjoyed bipartisan support in Congress and is relied upon by companies across the nation, including more than 150 employers in Colorado in 2014.

“I am … frustrated by the fact that the DHS did not develop a contingency plan to help serve the countless businesses that rely on the H-2B visa program throughout the United States in spite of the fact that this litigation has been pending since last year,” Polis said.

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