Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows celebrated Earth Day as a signatory to the “Business Backs Low-Carbon USA” statement in support of a clean energy economy and the historic climate change agreement reached in Paris, which will be signed by world leaders today at the United Nations in New York, N.Y. Support of the statement follows a season of sustainable action for the resort, including work on a regional clean power coalition to supply renewable energy to the area, eliminating the sale of disposable water bottles on site and providing free parking for skiers and riders that carpool to the resort with four or more people.
Business Backs Low-Carbon USA
By signing the agreement, the resort agrees to support following:
- The swift implementation of the Clean Power Plan and other related low-carbon policies so that it may meet or exceed its promised national commitment and increase its future ambition
- Investments in the low carbon economy at home and abroad giving financial decision-makers clarity and boosting the confidence of investors worldwide
Leading a Regional Clean Power Coalition
In 2013, Squaw Valley, led by President and CEO Andy Wirth, joined with Protect Our Winters and Sierra Club of California to approach power provider Liberty Utilities about removing coal as an energy source for the region and replacing it with renewable sources. As of Jan. 1, 2016, Liberty Energy’s new five-year power purchase agreement with NV Energy excludes coal from its power mix. Learn more.
Motivating Carpool Behavior with POW Parking
Squaw Valley recently partnered with Protect Our Winters to launch POW Parking: free premium parking for guests who carpool to the resort with four or more passengers in the vehicle. Evaluating the top 10 geographic areas with the highest concentration of passholders, if just 20 percent of this group carpooled to the resort with a total of four people in the vehicle (as opposed to the current average of just over two), seasonal emissions would be reduced by 758 metric tons of carbon dioxide. This emissions savings is the equivalent of driving 1.8 million miles, electrifying 104 homes for one year, or burning 85,293 gallons of gasoline. Learn more.
Reducing Water Bottle Waste with Drink Mtn Tap
With the new Drink Mtn Tap program, Squaw Valley became the first domestic ski resort to discontinue the sale of disposable water bottles, and has already saved 58,000 plastic water bottles this season to date. The resort now offers visitors reusable water bottles for purchase at the same price point as disposable bottles, and more than 20 new water refill stations across both Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. Learn more.
Protecting the Local Environment $1 at a Time with Green Bucks
Since its inception in the 2013-14 ski season, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows and its guests have raised a total of $81,534 for the Tahoe Fund and Truckee River Watershed Council through the Green Bucks program. Guests can choose to donate an extra dollar with lift ticket, season pass or food and beverage purchases, and generated $48,000 in the 2015-16 season.