Program of Thursday, January 15th 2015

Location: University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur, Aula, Pulvermühlestrasse 57, 7004 Chur, Switzerland (bus nr. 2, bus stop Grischunaweg)

Moderation: Fritz Lietsch, forum Nachhaltig Wirtschaften


09:00 Registration and welcome drink


09:30 Welcome and introduction

Welcome address by Jürg Kessler, Rector of University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur

Introduction speech by Nicolas Evrard, Major of Chamonix, France

Keynote speech: Comparison and classification of existing labels – towards a common standard. Prof. Dr. Tobias Luthe, HTW Chur


10:30 Part I: Measuring and labeling sustainability

Open discussion and speed talk session about existing labels:

  • Alexandra Jiricka, Auditing in Ski Areas, AUT
  • Laurent Burget, Mountain Riders, France
  • Anne Dorte Carlson, Innovation Norway, Norway
  • Kathrin Spiller, ibex fairstay, Switzerland
  • Fiona Humphries, Travelife Ltd., UK

11:40 ‘Transition coffee and tea’

12:00 Workshops on measurement approaches and technical details of existing labels

Workshop I: Focus on hotels. Fritz Lietsch, forum Nachhaltig Wirtschaften and Kathrin Spiller, ibex fairstay
Workshop II: Focus on ski areas. Stewart Sheppard, S2 consulting and Klaas van Hoek, Zelena Consulting


13:15 Lunch break


14:15 Presentation of workshop results


14:45 Part II: Implementing a common standard

Open discussion and speed talk session about barriers and success factors for implementing a common standard:

  • Luke Cartin, Vail Resorts, USA
  • Reto Fry, Weisse Arena Flims Laax, Switzerland
  • Regina Preslmair, EU-Ecolabel & Österreichisches Umweltzeichen, Austria
  • Matthew Hamilton, Aspen Skiing Company, USA

15:40 Field visit of the rocksresort (please bring good footwear and a warm jacket)

Transfer to Laax
Afternoon coffee at signinahotel, Restaurante Camino
Visit of rocksresort
Gondola ride

Keynote speech: The Green Style Concept. Reto Gurtner, CEO Weisse Arena Flims Laax and Ross Harding on behalf of Weisse Arena Gruppe Greenstyle Project Consultant

Mountain networking dinner in Laax including speed network dating

22:00 Transfer back to Chur


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