Dr. Kim Langmaid is the Founder and Vice President of Sustainability Programs at Walking Mountains Science Center. Kim has been involved with sustainable tourism, climate action planning, collaborative conservation, sustainability education, and non-profit leadership and management for over two decades. She has partnered with local governments, tourism organizations, and over 100 businesses to accomplish sustainability results.
Kim played a lead role in the creation of the Actively Green, Global Sustainable Tourism Council “recognized” industry standard, the Mountain IDEAL destination standard for mountain resort communities, and in assisting Vail, Colorado in becoming the first certified sustainable destination in the United States.
In addition to her roles at Walking Mountains, Kim is an elected official on the Vail Town Council, serves on the Colorado Tourism Office Destination Development Committee, and the Education and Training Working Group of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council. Kim also teaches as an adjunct professor in the sustainability studies program at Colorado Mountain College.
Kim began her career as a wilderness guide and naturalist and has served in a variety of education and facilitation capacities since then. Her grandparents were ski pioneers in Vail and opened the first ski shop in town. She is passionate about following in their footsteps to create innovation in mountain tourism while empowering others to take an active role in creating sustainable destinations.