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Sustainability

An enormous part of what makes Telluride and Mountain Village so special is the unique, natural environment in which we live. We do our best to protect it, actively pursuing practices of sustainability and minimizing our impact.

From our biodiesel shuttle buses to the wind energy that powers our free gondola, which in itself allows residents and visitors to travel efficiently between our two towns, our commitment to environmentally-sound practices is an integral part of all development in the region. Even today, the hydroelectric powerplant house, visible at the top of the iconic Bridal Veil Falls, provides approximately 25 percent of Telluride's electricity.

In 2008, the Town of Telluride purchased the undeveloped, 570-acre parcel of meadows and woodland along the valley floor, at the entrance to town.  It created an open-space barrier that continues to protect the natural environment that encompasses the town.

How to Visit Telluride & Mountain Village "Right"?

Please take the Telluride Pledge 

As we welcome visitors to our beautiful town and surrounding area, we ask that you take in the magestic views and appreciate what nature has given us. As locals, we care deeply about the environment and hope you will too. 

Do the World Right

  • Welcome to Planet T, where we acknowledge there is no Planet B.
  • Let's work together today for a better tomorrow.
  • Let's say no to single-use plastics.
  • Let's stay hydrated with our pure Rocky Mountain water from a reusable water bottle.
  • Let's waste less and enjoy more.
  • Let's not be trashy and instead reuse and recycle.
  • Let's sip beverages with a metal straw.
  • Let's offset our travel emissions.

Do Box Canyon Right

  • Let's take a deep breath, slow down and adjust to T time (about 5 minutes late).
  • Let's keep the mountains pristine by bringing out everything we brought in.
  • Let's save some water for the backcountry.
  • Let's enjoy wildlife and nature without disrupting.
  • Let's care more about ourselves than the selfie.
  • Let's always be careful with fire.
  • Let's tag responsibly, or even better, not at all.

Do Our Town Right

  • Let's travel like a Tellurider while in Telluride and Mountain Village.
  • Let's ride the free Gondola, a bike, the eco-friendly Galloping Goose or walk like a local.
  • Let's conserve lights in the City of Light by turning off lights when leaving a room.
  • Let's unplug our electronics and chargers when not in use.
  • Let's come to see and not to be seen.

Do You Right

  • Let's always be prepared with sunscreen, layers and water.

Do Our Trails Right

Telluride and Mountain Village sit amid stunning backcountry that offers an extensive network of trails ideal for hiking and biking, as well as camping. Please keep our backyard beautiful by following these simple rules:

  • Share the trails.
  • Be prepared.
  • Leave no trace.
  • Stay on the trail.
  • Be a good trail steward.
  • Yield to others.

One Mission. One Voice. 

EcoAction Partners is a local sustainability organization that tracks regional greenhouse gas emissions and provides programming to help reduce energy and waste across San MIguel and Ouray Counties.

Their staff and volunteers actively support sustainability in our community through collaborative programs for residents, visitors, businesses, students, governments and more. These include the Green Business Program, SMPA Rebate Program, Plastic Film Recycling Program, the income qualified weatherization CARE Program, and Zero Waste Teams at Telluride’s festivals, regional events, and much more.

Click here to view EcoAction Partners' guide to visiting sustainably, and reducing greenhouse gasses emitted in our area. 

Green Business is Smart Business

The Green Business Program is a membership program creating a sustainable business community while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. EcoAction aims to help businesses navigate the complex process of identifying, prioritizing, and selecting optimal sustainability actions. This is a great opportunity for businesses to do their part to become more sustainable, save money by lowering their utility bills, and  showcase their efforts!

The following businesses have completed the certification: 

  • Ah Haa School for the Arts 
  • Alpine Bank 
  • Alternative Power Enterprises
  • Bootdoctors 
  • Ethos
  • Fairmont Heritage Place Franz Klammer Lodge
  • Guide Garage 
  • Inn at Lost Creek​
  • Jagged Edge 
  • La Cocina de Luz
  • Lotus Energy Solutions
  • Luminosity
  • Madeline Hotel and Residences 
  • Rigs Adventure CO 
  • Reinhart Contracting 
  • San Miguel Power Association  
  • Telluride Historical Museum 
  • Telluride Naturals
  • Telluride Realty and Investments 
  • Telluride Resort Store
  • Wilkinson Public Library  
     

Regional Climate Action Plan

The Ouray and San Miguel County Regional Climate Action Plan was completed in 2021 by EcoAction Partners and Sneffels Energy Board. This plan sets the stage for the next decade of climate action across our region.  We are looking ahead to goals of a 50% reduction in our GHG emissions by 2030 and a 90% reduction by 2050. This plan identifies actions across the eight sectors of: Community Engagement & Policy, Energy Supply, Buildings, Transportation, Waste, Food, Water, and Land and will help guide intentional actions over the next 3-, 5-, and 10- years.

Your input is valuable to us! Please view and take our survey at https://www.ecoactionpartners.org/cap

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