Keystone Mountain Resort focuses on several conservation and energy initiatives:
- Keystone Mountain Resort composted nearly 100 tons of food scraps during the 2010-2011 ski season. These outcomes were double the number from the 2009-2010 ski season.
- With its on-mountain organic waste collection program, Keystone Mountain Resort collects approximately 154 tons of compostable waste a year from nine on-mountain restaurants. The local composting facility turns this waste into Class I Compost, a nutrient rich soil amendment.
- Decomposing organic material releases methane (CH4), and other greenhouse gases, from landfills. While some landfills collect and utilize the gas to turn into electricity, the Summit County landfill does not. By diverting organic waste from the landfill, Keystone’s organic waste collection program prevents as much carbon entering the atmosphere in one year as 4,000 tree seedlings grown for 10 years.
- Keystone Mountain Resort recycles over 1,000 tons each year. This includes facilitating the recycling efforts of 44 residential customers associated with the resort's residential management properties. Recycling 1,000 tons of mixed materials is the equivilant of saving the CO2 emissions from the electricity usage of 572 homes for an entire year.
- The resort is also a partner with ReCork.org and collects natural cork from wine bottles at four mountain restaurants to provide to ReCork. The company repurposes the corks into footbeds.
- Water & Energy Conservation
- Keystone has switched to energy-efficient lighting, snow-making and “low-flow” water fixtures. The Summit House has 16 waterless urinals alone.
- The Keystone Conference Center has installed an automated H-VAC system to reduce energy consumption. Since installation, the Conference Center has seen a 30 percent reduction in energy usage.
- Building Efficiency Upgrades
- The Keystone Lodge & Spa's million dollar upgrade will ultimately save 20-30% on heating once complete.
- Pine Beetle
- Along with many Colorado resorts, the natural infestation of Pine Beetle has damaged and killed thousands of Lodgepole Pines in and around the resort. Keystone Mountain Resorts is working vigilantly to protect the healthy trees while using recycled pine for mountain signage.