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November 17, 2009

Colorado venue wins green award

The Broadmoor, located at the gateway to the Rock Mountains in Colorado Springs, was recently presented with a local sustainability award.

The venue was honoured as a ‘Green Leader’ at the recent Experience Colorado Springs awards.

“The Broadmoor has shown strong leadership in the community and the industry,” said Terry Sullivan, chief executive of the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau, “setting the standard for how properties can be proactive in reducing their environmental impact while still maintaining a superior product and customer service.”

The award recognised The Broadmoor on a number of environmental fronts, including:
– A state-of-the-art Energy Management System, which controls lighting, heating, cooling systems, space temperatures, demand cycling and many life safety functions through out the resort.
– A waste heat recovery unit for the laundry system that recovers heat from the wash cycle to pre-heat the cold water, making a significant reduction in natural gas usage.
– New chilled water balance system that maximises the efficiency of the chilled water supply to various locations throughout the resort.
– Conversion of incandescent lighting for more than 35,000 light fixtures to efficient T8, T5, Biax, CFL’s cold cathode fluorescents and LED’s leading to improved light levels and reduced energy costs and reducing electrical consumption by 13%.
–  Installation of four cardboard balers to handle boxes.
– Recycle dumpsters for commingle and a dumpster for aluminum.
– Thirty large plastic recycle totes with attached lids.
– All cooking grease contained in 55 gallon drums to be recycled into bio-diesel.
– All refuse metals including copper, brass aluminum cans are recycled.
– Ice machines hooked up to closed loop condenser water, eliminating flow through usage.
– All irrigation systems upgraded to include vast drip irrigation systems, rain monitoring systems and remote computer controlled operation.
– Toilets in all guest rooms converted to low-flow and showers are flow-restricted.

“When Spencer Penrose built The Broadmoor 91 years ago, he chose the area for its pristine beauty at the entryway to the Colorado Rocky Mountains,” said John Washko, Broadmoor’s vice president of sales and marketing.

“We feel it is our responsibility to continue to do what we can to reduce our carbon footprint and help maintain the environmental legacy of the resort, the city and the state of Colorado. We have come a long way in the past few years; we are dedicated to continuing our efforts as we move towards our centennial.”

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