It’s a privilege to live and work in this Eden in the sky. So we’re very conscious of our responsibility to protect and preserve. We’ve made deliberate changes in how we operate the hotel, taking great care not to compromise quality. We were rewarded with the Colorado Hotel and Lodging Association's Hospitality Green Award
in 2011. We use energy-efficient lighting throughout, and we’ve cut CO2 emissions by 300 tons a year by replacing our boilers. Our largest suite is powered by a 5,000-watt solar panel system and we are pleased to offer our guests two electric car charging stations. Much of our food is locally sourced and we proactively initiated a food composting program. We also provide Aspen tap water in place of bottled water during turndown service and offer straws upon request only in our restaurants.
We invite our guests to help to maintain the magnificent ecosystem we enjoy here, and encourage you to read the full breadth of our environmental initiatives (located in your room with our favorite local magazines) or request a copy once you arrive.
Through a nightly donation of $2 to the employee run Environmental Foundation
, you will help to protect and sustain local, beautiful environment that we live and play in. Each $2 donation is matched by an additional $2 donation from The Little Nell. As a guest, you are presented with the opportunity to make this donation upon check-in. Should you wish to decline, please contact the Front Desk at ext. 6363.
This initiative takes things a step further. In the program we launder linens and towels every three days, instead of daily. We also offer complimentary reusable water bottles for a stroll through town or a mountain hike, and we recommend you use one of the hotel’s complimentary bikes in the non-snowy seasons.
Sustainability comes to the plate every night at Ajax Tavern and element 47, through service items and at catered Little Nell events.
- Wagyu beef is supplied from the West Emma Cattle Company where cattle are raised specifically for The Nell.
- Chickens are supplied by Boulder Natural Meats. Eggs are from Dayspring in Olathe and Razors Roost in Austin.
- Our fish is selected based on the Monterrey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch approved Best Choice sources.
- In 2016 we established The Little Nell Gardens where we produce arugula, kale, chard, cucumbers, beets, scallions, radishes, baby leeks, broccoli, pickling cucumbers, edible flowers and herbs. The garden is located at Rock Bottom Ranch.
- Additional produce is supplied by Two Roots Farm in Basalt, Rain Crow Farms in Paonia, Thistle Whistle in Hotchkiss, and Rendezvous Farms in Crawford.
- The Little Nell spends over $200,000 on local food each year. These purchasing decisions are major contributions to the local economy.