Vail will plant trees … if you show up |

Vail will plant trees … if you show up

NICOLE FREYeagle county correspondent

VAIL – Vail Mountain is promising to plant trees around the town of Vail, but it all depends on how many people show up to the resort’s Environmental Outreach Day.For every person who attends the event, Vail Mountain will plant 10 trees, said Luke Cartin, Vail Mountain’s environmental coordinator. “We’re trying to fight global warming, so this is a good way to contribute that we’ll foot the bill for,” Cartin said.The event begins at 7 p.m. today at the Discovery Center yurt at the top of Eagle’s Nest on Vail Mountain, which can be reached from the Eagle Bahn gondola. The ride up is free after 2:30 p.m.The outreach day will also include a presentation about Vail’s environmental practices and preservation efforts, which includes water and energy conservation and recycling, Cartin said. Vail Resorts saved more than 1 million kilowatt hours of power last year – that’s the equivalent of powering an average home for about 76 years, Cartin said. The resort achieved this by using energy-efficient chairlifts and snowmobiles and simply turning off the lights when no one is in a building.Vail Resorts also saved 1.73 million gallons of drinkable water – the same as 7,500 cases of beer – helped in part by retrofitting low-flow toilets and urinals and automatic faucets, Cartin said. “We’re really aggressive about energy management,” Cartin said. “The less electricity you have to use, the less you have to generate. Renewable energy is great, but if you don’t even have to use that, that’s better.” “People should come out just to realize what’s going on around them,” Cartin said. “It’s about the big picture.”In past years, Vail Resorts has handed out informational pamphlets, put up signs, offered presentations and partnered with the local branch of the Forest Service to host Environmental Outreach days. But this is the first time Vail Resorts will take the event up the mountain. “It’s always been a totally varied audience,” Cartin said. “We’re trying something different, something new with a different setting. We’re always up for trying something new and seeing how it works out.”For more information, go to, or contact Cartin at (970) 479-3048.

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