Local Hero: Kim Langmaid

The founder of Walking Mountains Science Center is on a quest to make Vail the world’s most sustainable resort.

As the founder and vice president of sustainability programs at Walking Mountains Science Center (walkingmountains.org) in Avon, Colorado, Kim Langmaid’s commitment to sustainability and conservation has made a lasting impact on the community. Through trainings, certifications, partnerships and events, Walking Mountains helped Vail become the first certified sustainable mountain resort destination in the world.

“All of these programs ultimately help create a culture of environmental sustainability that future generations can participate in and build upon,” says Langmaid, who also serves as a Town of Vail council member. 

Walking Mountains is also helping educate Eagle County to reach goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent by 2025 and 80 percent by 2050 through a Climate Action Plan. 

“It’s exciting to serve the town and bring this kind of knowledge and expertise to our conversations and future plans,” she says.

–Kim Fuller 

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