21-May-2013

Crystal Mountain Earns Recycling Certification


THOMPSONVILLE, MICH – Crystal Mountain has just been recognized as a 4-star Certified Business Recycler by the Michigan Recycling Coalition. The award was presented earlier this month at the MRC annual conference in Bay City.

The on-site assessment of Crystal’s facilities and waste and recyclables handling procedures was executed by MRC Board Director, Kris Jolley of Michigan State University Surplus and Recycling.

Recycling certification requires written policies that identify preferences toward waste reduction, recycling, and recycled-content purchasing. It requires a comprehensive implementation of those policies throughout the business, and a coordinator to manage the programs. Crystal achieves 4-star status as a result of an active food waste composting program, an annual auditing process to gauge program progress, and education of employees throughout the organization.

“We are thrilled to be recognized for our continuing efforts to make Crystal Mountain a more sustainable community,” said Jim MacInnes, CEO. “Doing everything we can to protect the environment for our guests, for ourselves, and for future generations is in Crystal Mountain’s DNA and we’ll continue to work hard to be a leader in that regard.”

About a dozen certifications have been awarded since the program began in 2008.

Established in 1956, Crystal Mountain is a family-owned, four-season resort with one of Golf Magazine’s Top 25 Golf Schools in America, Spa Magazine’s Best Midwest Spas three years running, named among the inaugural Detroit Free Press 16 Green Leaders in Michigan. Located in northwest lower-Michigan, a short drive from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, the resort features downhill and cross-country skiing, Michigan Legacy Art Park, golf, alpine slide, water playground, lodging, dining, countless year-round outdoor activities and kids programs, an IACC-approved conference center, weddings, real estate and Crystal Spa.

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