Green Destinations is acting as Certification Body of the newly GSTC-Recognised Mountain IDEAL Standard for the assessment of its first participant – the USA mountain resort of Vail, Colorado. The Mountain IDEAL destination standard has been developed to address sustainability in mountain environments that include winter and summer activities. Green Destinations’ auditor Dr. Magdalena A.K. Muir of Calgary, Canada has executed an intense and independent site visit process in July, reviewing the community’s performance on over 40 international criteria in the areas of energy, climate, waste, equity, economy, wildlife health, and more. We are excited to shortly release preliminary audit findings, and to collaborate with Sustainable Tourism International (STI) and Vail Destination on a continuous improvement process in sustainable tourism.