In Aspen Snowmass: Not Driving Yourself to Work May Pay You

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Aspen Skiing Company employees that choose not to drive alone to work enjoy at least one or more of the following: a lower carbon footprint, free wifi on RFTA, carpooling companionship, a chance to exercise (if biking or walking),  and the opportunity to enter the ASC Commuter Raffle to win $$$.

John Hartmann from Four Mountain Sports tunes up bikes during Bike to Work Day.

John Hartmann from Four Mountain Sports tunes up bikes during Bike to Work Day.

The last of which is a benefit provided by the Aspen Skiing Company to encourage our employees to commute creatively and reduce the carbon impacts of single car trips. Employees can purchase subsidized bus passes to use to and from work, bike racks and showers (in some locations) are provided for those that prefer pedal power, and organized van carpools make it even easier to get to the office. Employees that opt for these alternative means of transportation are eligible to enter the monthly raffle to win one of five AMEX gift cards valued at $100 or $75. Though only open to Aspen Skiing Company employees this program aims to inspire employees and all residents of the valley to explore all of their options to reduce their visits to the gas station.

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About Matthew Hamilton

Matthew Hamilton is Aspen Skiing Company’s (ASC) Sustainability Director. He is also the Executive Director of the Environment Foundation, which has donated more than $2 million over the past 15 years. Matthew oversees ASC’s community philanthropy, and runs ASC’s day-to-day environmental programs, including the monthly Greenletter, and GREENTRACK, ASC’s ISO 14001 certified environmental management system. Matthew is also consultant with Aspen Sustainability Associates, and has lectured nationally and internationally on ASC’s work. He currently serves as President of the Roaring Fork School District Board of Education, and on the boards of the Carbondale Tourism Council, Colorado Youth Corps Association and Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado. Previously, Matthew was a Research Officer at The Piton Foundation, working with low income neighborhoods on issues of education reform, affordable housing and economic development. Prior to that, he worked for Share Our Strength, a national anti-hunger anti-poverty group; the Independent Sector, a national association of nonprofits and foundations, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (on a project called Enterprise for the Environment), for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, and for Middlebury College. Matthew has a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies and Political Science from Middlebury College and a Masters in Public Policy from Georgetown University where he focused on nonprofit management. During his free time he can be found on his bike spending time enjoying many of the local trails and back roads. He lives in Carbondale, Colorado with his wife Jen, and their children Boden and Beck.