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Actively Green Certification

Looking to take an active role in your community? Want to save costs and support the environment? Concerned about the climate? Get trained and certified in sustainability best-practices through Walking Mountains Science Center’s Actively Green Sustainable Business program!

The Actively Green Program and trainings will inform you and your colleagues of how incorporating sustainability can help with employee satisfaction and retention, efficient resource use and environmental protection, and your business’s bottom line. The program was developed with partner nonprofit Sustainable Travel International and any type of business can participate.

New businesses can check out one of our focused workshops on a variety of sustainability in business topics. To begin the Actively Green certification process, businesses can attend an introductory training in which they learn what goes into a sustainability management system and create their own sustainability action plan. After the introductory training each business receives one-on-one coaching to assist them with Actively Green bronze, silver, or gold certification.

VVP Incentives

  1. Members of the Vail Valley Partnership can send employees to the training sessions free of charge. Just indicate that you are a VVP business when registering (VVP membership will be verified).
  2. The first 10 businesses to sign up for the Actively Green certification each year will receive 50% off first year fees for the program.

The Actively Green program includes a cloud-based sustainability management system database, training for additional employees, assistance with establishing a “green team”, invitations to free education and networking sessions, and the annual Actively Green awards party in November. Certified businesses also receive a marketing toolkit and are recognized online and in seasonal newspaper advertising campaigns.

Registration Information: Register for every type of training at VVP members can sign up employees free of charge for the trainings by indicating their membership status in the registration form. Please note your VVP membership will be verified.

Contact: Kate Manzer | 970.827.9725×136 |

Colorado Association of Commerce & Industry

Affiliate Membership: The mission of the Colorado Association of Commerce & Industry (CACI) is to champion a healthy business climate. CACI is the only business association that works to improve the business climate for all sizes of business from a statewide, multi-industry perspective. What CACI accomplishes is good for all businesses, and that’s good for the state’s economy.

VVP members with fewer than 10 employees can join Colorado Association of Commerce & Industry (CACI) as an Affiliate Member for just $50. Please visit to learn more.

Colorado Mountain College

Colorado Mountain College offers an incredible way to expand your professional skills with classes offered nation wide and ranging in topic. CMC has partnered with UGotClass to offer high-quality, online education.

These professional development, non-credit classes are typically one-month in length and are offered 3-4 times per year. Information is delivered in weekly formats and participants can join their class anytime, day or night.

VVP members receive 15% off of these online classes and seminars.

To learn more about what is offered visit and click on the UGotClass icon.

To receive the 15% discount on these classes contact VVP Office Manager Shanna Sweeney ( or 970-477-4004) for more information.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Through a partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, VVP’s membership will now have access to a number of member benefits and cost savings provided by the U.S. Chamber at no additional cost. Offered benefits include; access to affinity program resources, free Enterprise monthly print magazine and weekly e-newsletter, and members-only toolkits.

Cost savings programs through FedEx® and FedEx Office® help member businesses save money on printing and order delivery, as well as U.S. and international shipping. Businesses who join, or already have an association with, Sam’s Club receive a $25 gift card when they renew at the Business Plus® member level. Just as valuable, educational tools and information is available via the Small Business Nation section of the U.S. Chamber’s website. Toolkits provide businesses with knowledge in the areas of cybersecurity, Women in Business, health care, doing international business, workplace wellness, and more.

As the world’s largest business organization, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s strength lies in available information, small business tools and advocating for pro-business interests in Washington D.C. Vail Valley Partnership members can gain access to business news, marketing tools, networking opportunities, and more through their association with VVP. These benefits are available only to for-profit member businesses of Vail Valley Partnership.

For more information on available benefits through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce or to sign-up, please visit or call 970-476-1000.