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Environmental Sustainability

The Town of Vail is committed to the stewardship and protection of our unique mountain environment.  In consideration of both our local and global impacts and opportunities, our environmental vision is to demonstrate and promote: renewable energy, resource efficiency, ecosystem protection, and community awareness and education. As part of the Community Development Department, the Environmental Team is responsible for administering programs consistent with this vision as well as ensuring public health and food safety.  


America Recycles Day

In recognition of America Recycles Day on Nov. 15, the Town of Vail is joining communities around the country in hosting a series of events to encourage waste reduction and recycling. The town’s environmental office is partnering with the Vail Public Library and Walking Mountains Science Center on the local America Recycles Day Events. 

This year’s activities will include a workshop at the library on in-home composting as well as a recycled art display featuring works completed by local students. The day will be highlighted by an electronics recycling and paper shredding event. Activities include:

Build your own Worm-Composter:  Monday, Nov. 14, 5-7 p.m., Vail Public Library
Learn about worm-composting and how to build your own bin during this free workshop at the Vail Public Library. Worm-composting is a great way to compost materials indoors. The class will be taught by local resident Jackie Clark. She is registered with the American Horticultural Therapy Association as a professional horticultural therapist and has facilitated programs at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens for more than 10 years. All supplies will be provided; class is limited to the first 20 people to sign up. Register by emailing or calling 970-479-2333.

Student Recycled Art Display: Monday, Nov. 14-19, Vail Public Library Galleria
Stop by the Vail Public Library Galleria beginning Nov. 14 to view creations from area school students using recycled materials. Local artists with works made from recycled material are also invited to display their works made with recycled materials. The art display will continue through Nov. 19.

Electronics Recycling and Paper Shredding: Tuesday, Nov. 15, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Vail Community Recycling Center
Free to town residents, property owners, and those who work in Vail. Charges may apply for excessive volumes. No commercial collections accepted.

For more information on America Recycles Day or to take the recycling pledge, visit 
For information on the collection events or compost workshop, visit or contact Mark Hoblitzell, Environmental Sustainability Coordinator, at 970-479-2333 or

America Recycles Day Video

Environmental and Ecological Services

  • Annual E-waste recycling events
  • Zero Waste Events, composting and recycling services
  • Town, highway and river cleanup days
  • Streambank restoration and revegetation projects
  • Annual Trees for Vail planting and public giveaway
  • Gore Creek RiverWatch water quality monitoring Identification and mitigation of water quality concerns
  • Stormwater permitting on areas of land disturbance between ½ acre and 1 acre.

Public Health and Food Safety Services

  • Infectious disease outbreak investigation
  • Food handler online safety training course


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Environmental Sustainability Policy

“The Town of Vail shall serve as a nationally recognized leader in sustainability through a commitment to community partnerships and balanced stewardship of human, financial and environmental resources in policy and daily operations.”


Environmental Sustainability Strategic Plan

Town Value: Natural Environment
Vail Values the environment as a source of health, beauty, recreation and economic strength that makes Vail a special place to live, work and play. As stewards of the environment, Vail is committed to promoting sustainable environmental practices in every aspect of the community.


  1. Solid Waste Stream Diversion and Recycling
  2. Energy Efficiency
  3. Ecosystem Health
  4. Sustainable and Economic Development
  5. Public Education and Communication
  6. Transportation


Contact Information

Kristen Bertuglia
Environmental Sustainability Manager

Mark Hoblitzell
 Environmental Sustainability Coordinator

Peter Wadden
 Water Quality Education Coordinator