Treasure Mountain Inn
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PRESS RELEASE -- Treasure Mountain Inn Wins Park City’s New Environmental Hero Award
Pioneering Eco-Boutique Recognized for Sustainable Business Practices
Park City, Utah (February 2011) – Treasure Mountain Inn, Park City’s only green-certified, 100% carbon neutral hotel, is the inaugural recipient of Park City Municipal’s new Environmental Heroes Award, a recognition of local leaders who are working hard to protect the natural environment in Park City and beyond. Andy Beerman and Thea Leonard, co-owners of Treasure Mountain Inn (TMI) , accepted the award from Park City Mayor Dana Williams during a recent City Council meeting.
In announcing the award, Mayor Williams congratulated Treasure Mountain Inn for its “long-standing example of environmental stewardship in our community. TMI has adopted green practices which extend far beyond day-to-day business operations and reflect a genuine concern for the future of our planet and the long-term sustainability of our environment.” The Mayor continued, “[Treasure Mountain Inn] is proof that doing good business can, and should, include doing what’s right for future generations as well.”
TMI is a member of the Green Hotels Association, is an EPA Green Power Partner, and was the first hotel to join 1% For the Planet. As a 1% member, TMI donates a minimum of 1% of its gross revenues to environmental organizations such as Conservation Alliance, Mountain Trails, Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, Summit Land Conservancy, The Access Fund, Utah Open Lands, Utah Nature Conservancy, Utah Sierra Club, Utah Rivers Council and Vital Ground.
The Inn purchases Utah Power Blue Sky renewal energy credits for 100% of its electricity usage, and is the first hotel in Utah to go 100% carbon-neutral through carbon-reducing offsets. In 2009, the Inn installed a 4-kilowatt solar array to produce clean power on-site. As part of its energy efficiency upgrades, TMI has replaced hundreds of light fixtures and over 2000 light bulbs with energy-efficient bulbs and fixtures, has installed waterless urinals in the Men’s bathroom (which saves at least 40,000 gallons of water annually), has installed installed water-conserving shower heads, faucets and toilets, plus has upgraded to high-efficiency heating and cooling systems. In 2006, the Inn replaced their aging pool and Jacuzzi with a therapy spa pool that uses an earth-friendly salinity system.
In addition,TMI has ongoing guest “behavior modification” efforts that begin with the reservation process. Due to TMI’s central location, guests are encouraged to leave their cars at home and take free public transportation, or use the new a morning ski shuttle that TMI added to supplement the free trolley/bus. TMI no longer provides bottled water to conferences unless it’s insisted upon; instead they offer filtered mountain water. They offer recycling in-room, in-hall and in-meeting, and take the extra step to sort garbage at the dumpster to catch what might have slipped through the cracks. As a result of their system-wide recycling efforts, TMI has been twice named Utah Business Recycler of the Year.
In its daily operations, TMI has practiced a “no paper” policy since 2003, using electronic marketing, banking, receipts, billings, and communications in place of printed paper. When paper is required, TMI uses only recycled paper. Naturally, The Inn’s business vehicle is a hybrid.
Treasure Mountain Inn is located in the heart of Park City’s Historic Main Street and can be reached at 435 655 4501 or at www.treasuremountaininn.com. Please direct editorial inquiries to Lesley Christoph at 435 658 1475 or Lesley@flashpointonline.com. Photos available upon request.
City Weekly's Best of Utah 2010 - Best Green Lodging
Treasure Mountain Inn
Park City's Treasure Mountain Inn was once renowned simply for its mere tiptoe of a carbon footprint, being 100 percent wind-powered as well as 11 percent carbon neutral. In 2010, however, the Inn kicked the green up a notch by adding 18 solar panels across half an acre's worth of roof space. The Inn can now count on generating its own solar energy, making it a bright and shimmering beacon of green business in Utah's resort industry. 255 Main, Park City, 800-344-2460, TreasureMountainInn.com
Eco-Friendly Treasure Mountain Inn Is Now Generating Own Solar Power
Park City Lodge Expands Sustainability Efforts to Become Greener Than Ever
Park City, Utah (January 14, 2010) - Treasure Mountain Inn, Park City's only 100% wind powered and 100% carbon-neutral "eco-tique" hotel, has now taken an additional step towards sustainability by adding solar power to its host of green initiatives. The 18 panel system was appropriately launched on the Winter Solstice, the darkest day of the year, and is now generating green power for the lodging property's spa and courtyard.
Andy Beerman, Treasure Mountain Inn's Co-Owner and General Manager, explains how they have built each year on their commitment to reducing their power usage, "We started out by taking simple steps to reduce our energy use by 20-30%. The next phase was to offset our remaining carbon footprint with wind power and renewable energy credits. Now we're very excited to start generating our own green power right on property. It's an ideal use for an ½ acre of flat, sun-baked roofs."
Mayor Dana Williams, a long-standing advocate for a greener Park City, says that TMI's latest initiative "shows that it's possible for today's small businesses to mesh sustainability with profitability" and adds "Treasure Mountain Inn is a shining example for all of the lodging industry...and personally, I'm very proud of them for taking this important next step."
Some specifics on Treasure Mountain Inn’s other green practices:
- TMI has significantly reduced energy consumption by replacing over 2000 light fixtures with fluorescent and/or LED lighting, installing EnergyStar appliances, utilizing motion sensors and timers, and installing high-efficiency heat and cooling systems.
- TMI has reduced water consumption by installing water-conserving shower heads, faucets and toilets. The Inn also encourages guests to re-use their towels, bed and linens. In the public areas, waterless urinals in the Men's bathroom are conservatively estimated to save 40,000 gallons per year. In 2006, TMI replaced the aging pool and Jacuzzi with a therapy spa that utilizes an earth-friendly salinity system.
- Since 2003, the Inn has reduced paper consumption by streamlining paperwork, emphasizing electronic documents, on-line banking, reducing paper sizes, dual sided printing, and minimizing. print marketing collateral. When paper is required, TMI uses only recycled paper.
- The Inn purchases 100% of its electric (781,200KWH) as Wind Power making it a Visionary level partner in the Utah Power Blue Sky Program. Treasure Mountain Inn is also the first Utah hotel to go carbon neutral by offsetting its remaining carbon footprint--estimated to be 593.6 tons-- with Carbon Offsets from Clean Air-Cool Planet. Treasure Mountain Inn is an EPA certified Green Power Partner.
- Due to TMI’s central location, TMI’s guests are strongly encouraged to leave their cars at home and to take advantage of Park City's free public transportation.
- Treasure Mountain Inn is was the first hotel to join 1% for The Planet. 1% For the Planet is an alliance of businesses committed to leveraging their resources to encourage a healthier planet. Members pledge to donate at least 1% of their revenues to environmental organizations. Since 2004 they have given over $95,000 to their corporate partners: Conservation Alliance, Mountain Trails, Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, Summit Land Conservancy, The Access Fund, Utah Open Lands, Utah Nature Conservancy, Utah Sierra Club, Utah Rivers Council and Vital Ground.