Ski Areas Measure Environmental Conservation for 2003

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SAM Magazine--Lakewood, Colo., July 15, 2004--The ski industry has made substantial progress in its efforts to reduce environmental impacts, according to the Sustainable Slopes Annual Report prepared by the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA). The report is based on information from 62 resorts representing 19 states and three Canadian provinces.

Collectively, reporting resorts reduced CO2 emissions through energy, waste and transportation reduction measures by 322,020,059 total pounds. That includes reductions of 155,463,435 equivalent pounds of CO2 emissions by reducing transportation demands and 90,215,882 pounds of CO2 emissions by conserving electrical energy and generating or purchasing renewable energy. Twenty-one reporting resorts purchased green or renewable energy for their operations totaling 47 million kilowatt-hours in 2003.

Other conservation efforts show that resorts conserved approximately 42 million gallons of water for consumptive uses per year, and diverted approximately 8,190 tons per year of solid waste from landfills, either through source reduction or recycling.

A copy of the 81-page Sustainable Slopes Annual Report is available in electronic format at \



somebody ought to put a windmill on some of them ski resorts for electricity, since its always windy in those places