Actively Green Trainings

Overview

Year-Round
Classes are Free!

The training curriculum was developed in collaboration with the global nonprofit Sustainable Travel International and Walking Mountains Science Center. Sessions focus on fundamentals of business sustainability practices and certification criteria. Participants learn to use a Sustainability Management System to do an assessment of their current management practices and create an action plan.

Participants will:
• Develop a deeper understanding of sustainability best practices
• Learn new tools to implement sustainability in daily operations
• Complete a sustainable business self-assessment and action plan
• Prepare for the Actively Green Sustainable Business Certification
• Tap into a growing network of other sustainability professionals and community leaders

 

APRIL 29th TRAINING HAS BEEN POSTPONED

Workshops and Events: Click on the title of the event to register.

Free for all staff of certified businesses and Vail Valley Partnership members; Please note your certified status and/or VVP membership will be verified. For non-certified business, please contact the Actively Green team at activelygreen@walkingmountains.org before registering.

Energy Efficiency Training Workshop

Attend this workshop to learn about: the importance of energy efficiency retrofits & upgrades in meeting our community’s climate action goals; commercial rebates available in 2020; how much money you can save your business by implementing key energy-saving strategies; new tools & resources available to businesses involved in the Actively Green Program; as well as best practices shared by local energy management consultants & Walking Mountains Energy Programs staff! There will also be some free give-aways to those who attend!

Waste Diversion Workshop For Restaurants & Food Vendors

Does your restaurant, caterer or food truck throw away food scraps, food that is left behind, or food leftovers? Come learn how easy it is to reduce your waste by sending that food to be composted! With expert guidance, attendees will learn all about implementation of a compost waste stream, legalities regarding food donations and best practices for reducing contamination in small crowded kitchens. 

Waste Diversion Workshop for Hotel Events, Conferences & Weddings

With hundreds of events going Zero Waste throughout the Eagle Valley over the past few years, your business may be interested in doing so as well. But where do you start? How can you break it down to be more manageable with all the confusion that exists regarding recycling and compost? In this workshop, Walking Mountains’ Zero Waste Coordinator will share best practices and strategies for properly executing a venue or hotel’s waste diversion goals for large events.

  • Dec 2 | 2:30-4:30pm. Link coming soon!

Sustainability Planning Workshop

Sustainability goals can be based on evaluation of potential long-term savings or on alignment with science-based targets, such as those in the Eagle County Community Climate Action Plan. These goals can also take different forms, such as Vail Resorts’ goal to divert 50% of their waste from the landfill by 2020 or the Town of Avon’s goal to reduce the use of Styrofoam 100% by 2020. After reviewing sustainability and corporate social responsibility reports of 30 Fortune 500 companies, the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy “recommend[s] that companies set targets, pursue efficiency across their value chains, set up systems for continuous improvement, and report on overall progress.” 

In this workshop Lotus Engineering and Sustainability, a Denver-based consulting firm which has expertise in climate action planning, will discuss how small businesses can set effective and measurable sustainability goals. We’ll discuss the importance of sharing sustainability successes – no matter how big or small – and we’ll review how Actively Green businesses have collectively contributed to meeting Eagle County’s climate action goals. 

Alternative Commuting & Guest Transport Workshop

Interested in being part of the electric vehicle (EV) charge station network? Curious about offering your employees alternative commuting options that will save them money? Want to learn more about transitioning your business’s fleet to electric? Are you aware about what changes in the transportation sector are coming and how this will affect Eagle Valley businesses? In this workshop, guest speaker Matt Frommer will share how your business can adapt to 1 million EVs expected to travel the I-70 corridor annually by 2030. We’ll also give you a peek into the Climate Action Collaborative’s Alternative Commuting Toolkit.

All trainings are held at Walking Mountains Science Center, Borgen Precourt Center for Sustainability in the Shannon Family Classrooms. Download our campus map for further instructions

During the month of October, our Sustainability Programs Coordinator for Actively Green will be hosting a co-working opportunity for businesses to come share best practices with fellow sustainable businesses, brainstorm ideas and solutions, troubleshoot challenges, or spend time picking Kate’s brain about resources for anything from mattress recycling options to parent company sustainability policies & goals.

October 2020: Co-Working Opportunities

  • Every Tuesday from 10:00am-2:00pm @ the Vail Public Library No Registration Required
  • Every Wednesday from 8:00-11:00 am @ The Bookworm of Edwards No Registration Required
  • Every Friday from 1:00-4:00 pm @ Two Arrows No Registration Required

Actively Green Awards Party
November 5, 2020 | 5:30-7:30PM Registration Coming Soon