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Actively Green 2015

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In February 2015, the spotlight returns to the Vail Valley during the FIS World Alpine Ski Championships.  This rapidly-approaching event presents our community with a golden opportunity to elevate our sustainability performance, while further solidifying our reputation as a world-class tourism destination and event host.

Introducing Actively Green 2015, is an innovative community-driven program that will transform the Vail Valley into a globally-recognized sustainable destination.

A true collaboration, Actively Green is a partnership between the globally recognized nonprofit Sustainable Travel International, the Walking Mountain Science Center, the Town of Vail and the Vail Valley Foundation.

The objectives of this ambitious first-of-its kind effort are to:

  • Educate and Certify at least 100 businesses in the community on a set of internationally-recognized sustainability best practices
  • Benchmark and Report on data across key performance indicators, helping destination decision-makers to identify successes and opportunities
  • Tell a compelling Sustainability Success Story through campaigns that touch visitors and community members alike


The Town of Vail Public Library will be participating in this program by becoming certified! Watch our progress as we implement sustainability best practices.


Did you know...

The Town of Vail Public Library recently celebrated its 30th birthday as we opened our doors in the current location on July 4, 1983. When the library was built in 1983, it had the largest green roof west of the Mississippi River and employed many of the best-practice green design principles of the time, such as day-lighting, an earth-sheltered roof with a thermally efficient structure, and fantastic integration with and visual connection to the wonderful site.  The library won the National Biennial AIA/ ALA award in 1985.  In 2011, the original architects, Snowdon and Hopkins Architects, P.C., were  again asked to help with a remodel and renovation. The renovation included a small addition for an elevator and a new enclosed stairway to the south, additional space to the existing community rooms and to the newly relocated staff area on the lower level. The project also included a complete interior remodel with ADA upgrades. To even further bolster its green credentials, some of the changes included upgrading all the lighting with new energy efficient fixtures meeting the State of Colorado’s Energy Code, Shaw LEED certified carpet square tiles, re-use of existing concrete pavers for the new walkways, and the re-use of the existing oak wood slat ceiling panels which were cleaned and adapted to fit the new interior layout.  The paint was VOC  free.  The library, now over 30 years old, is still a leader in green design and an important and beautiful icon for the Town of Vail.