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Beaver Run Green Team Trail Maintenance Day and Ongoing Initiatives

Beaver Run volunteers building a bridge on the Windy Point Trail.

Beaver Run Resort’s Commitment to Green Initiatives

At Beaver Run Resort, we believe in doing the right thing and protecting our beautiful Rocky Mountains. Our dedication to sustainability is demonstrated through various green initiatives spearheaded by our dedicated “green committee.” This committee is focused on reducing our environmental impact, increasing our recycling program, and decreasing our carbon footprint.

The Beaver Run team recently participated in a trail maintenance day in partnership with the Friends of the Dillon Ranger District. This environmental initiative brought together nine team members to build a turnpike on the Windy Point trail system. For more information on Beaver Run’s sustainability initiatives, visit our website here.

Recycling Efforts

  • Paper Recycling: We recycle all paper, including newspapers, magazines, and office paper.
  • Guest Recycling: Guest recycling bags are available in all guest rooms.
  • Accessible Recycling Locations: Additional recycling stations are located in all lobbies, the conference center, the Building 3 pool area, and outside of Concierge, with more locations to be added.
  • Departmental Recycling: All departments recycle paper, plastic, and aluminum.
  • Kitchen Grease/Oil Recycling: We recycle all grease and oil produced in our kitchens, which is repurposed into biofuel.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Resource Wise Bronze Certification (2022): Awarded by the High Country Conservation Center, recognizing businesses in Summit County that save money through sustainability efforts while positively impacting the county’s carbon footprint.
  • Energy Champion Award: Received for our garage lighting project, which involved converting 63 metal halide lights to more efficient LED canopy fixtures with sensors, saving over 70,000 kWh of energy annually.

Food & Beverage Initiatives

  • To-Go Bags: We switched from plastic to paper to-go bags in our dining outlets and market.
  • Reusable Dining Ware: In Coppertop Bar & Restaurant and The Beaver Den Food Court, we use reusable plates and glassware, with staff sorting waste into bins for landfill, recycling, and composting at our conservation stations.
  • Eco-Friendly Containers: All to-go containers are sourced from biodegradable materials.

Green Purchasing Efforts

  • Recycled Paper Products: Copy paper contains 20% post-consumer waste; guest room toilet paper is EPA compliant with at least 20% post-consumer waste materials; facial tissue and bulk toilet paper are 100% recycled.
  • Organic Coffee: All in-room and bulk coffee for restaurants is USDA Organic.
  • Eco-Friendly Amenities: We are developing private label, all-natural, eco-friendly in-room amenities.

Sustainability Efforts

  • EV Charging Stations: Installed in our parking garage on level 4 (G4).
  • Energy-Efficiency Upgrades: Completed to our boiler systems, including pumps, boosters, controls, and heat exchangers.
  • Soap Recycling: Partnered with Clean the World to collect and upcycle all used soap bars.
  • LED Lighting: Converted all 234 fluorescent lights in the conference center and 50 bulbs in Coppertop Bar to LED lights, as well as hallway lighting in Buildings 2 & 3.
  • Water Conservation: Implemented water conservation cards in rooms for guest choice on towel washing; low-water use toilets are being installed as needed; sheets are washed every 4th day unless requested otherwise.
  • Waste Diversion: Old furniture from condos and the conference center is sold or given away to be reused.

Sustainable Breck

The Town of Breckenridge’s Sustainable Breck Plan, initiated in October 2013, aims to reduce the use of disposable bags. Plastic disposable bags are no longer provided at grocery stores, but paper bags can be purchased. We encourage the use of reusable bags, available for purchase at our Skywalk Market and most retail stores in Breckenridge. For more information, visit

Tips for a Sustainable Stay in Breckenridge

  • Reusable Water Bottles: Bring a reusable water bottle. We have a refill station in the conference center, and there are several others around town.
  • Public Transportation: Use the free FREERIDE bus system or the in-town Beaver Run shuttle. We encourage “Boots, Bikes, or Bus” instead of driving.

At Beaver Run Resort, we are committed to sustainability and continually seek new ways to protect our beautiful environment. We invite our guests to join us in these efforts to ensure the preservation of our stunning Rocky Mountains for future generations.

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