Go Green :: Protect Your Playground
Posted by The Beast on February 5, 2015
It’s no secret that we need to watch how we use power in order to keep our powder, and operations at Killington strive to be greener every day. The EPA came by to check things out, and you should, too – in fact, we think you should get involved.
Green Team, activate.
13,000 cows, 400 snow guns, and 1 major honor.
As the Environmental Protection Agency focused on Green Sports this past week, Killington was a natural pick. “It is great to see one of New England’s biggest ski resorts invest in green and energy efficient operations,” said Curt Spalding, regional administrator of EPA's New England office. “Climate Change is a challenge for the winter sports industry, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions and energy footprint at big operations like Killington are a big step in the right direction.”
The Greenest Overall Resort in Vermont.
Killington was named the Greenest Overall Resort in Vermont in 2014 by VSAA/SkiVermont. How do we do it?
- Since 2008, Killington has offset 100% of our power with Renewable Energy Credits, the largest of any Vermont Resort. Our purchase of over 107 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of REC has eliminated 66,000+ tons of carbon dioxide emissions – the amount produced by 7,466 average homes.
- The new Peak Lodge ensures that Vermont’s highest structure embodies the earth-friendly spirit of the state. Through efficiency components incorporated into the new construction, we saved an estimated 44,000 kWh of electricity, 2,400 gallons of propane and 82,000 pounds of carbon emissions per year.
- Cow Power supports both the Peak Lodge and the K-1 Express Gondola year-round. Killington purchased over 1 million kWh of Cow Power for the 2014-15 season, and the partnership with Green Mountain Power has been so successful that we currently act as a Cow Power ambassador and will continue to invest.
- Killington embraces Freeaire refrigeration resort-wide, including those at the Peak Lodge, with more to come. This technology has cut resort CO2 emissions by 13.2 tons per year. In addition, Killington supplements snowmaking through the Woodward Reservoir, conserving water to protect historical flows in local streams and the habitats of aquatic species.
- Killington chooses environmentally responsible paper, from towels to tissues to trail maps. This saves approximately 175,000 gallons of water, 75 cubic yards of landfill space, 102,000 kWh, 1,500 pounds of air pollutants, 9,500 gallons of fuel oil, and 424 trees each year.
Protect Your Playground.
The Peak Lodge. Cow Power. Now, it's your turn to help! 2014 was the first year of the Protect Your Playground program, and sustainability ideas from our skiers and riders received over $8,000 in funding from Powdr. You'll see new recycled terrain park features, and electric vehicle charging stations at the Killington Grand Resort Hotel.
What should we do next? Submit your idea for a chance at up to $2,000 in funding to help protect this playground - and its powder - for years to come.
Stay green, skiers and riders.