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Park City

How Ski Resorts Can Go Green

Park CityPowdr Corp, which owns Park City Mountain Resort in Utah and eight other ski areas, has reduced its carbon footprint about 60 percent in seven years, reports The Aspen Times.

The company has invested about $6 million in sustainability initiatives, which include energy-efficient snowmakers, renewable-wind-energy credits, LED lighting, biofuel snowcats and a gondola powered by methane gas from cow manure.

“Park City Mountain Resort has been one of Utah’s leading ski resorts on overall sustainability and putting their money where their mouth is,” Sara Baldwin Auck, senior policy and regulatory associate at the nonprofit Utah Clean Energy, tells the newspaper.

Powd has implemented similar sustainability programs at its other resorts, including Copper Mountain in Colorado, Vermont’s Killington, Mt. Bachelor in Oregon and Boreal Mountain near Lake Tahoe, Calif.

Park City and Vail Mountain are among the 108 US ski areas that have joined Ceres and its BICEP (Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy) coalition in signing the Climate Declaration, which calls upon federal policymakers to address climate change as an economic opportunity.

The winter tourism industry in the US experienced an estimated $1 billion loss and up to 27,000 fewer jobs from 1999 to 2010 because of diminished snowfall patterns, according to a December 2012 study prepared for the Natural Resources Defense Council and nonprofit group Protect Our Winters.

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