Killington Resort continues to implement innovative energy conservation measures and environmental management practices to reduce energy consumption and the effects of climate change.
To exceed customer expectations, be innovative, profitable and environmentally responsible.
- Efficiency Vermont
- Green Mountain Power
- Casella Resource Solutions
- The Marble Valley Regional Transportation District
- National Ski Areas Association
Killington Resort continues to strive to be more energy efficient, reduce its carbon footprint and empower small, sustainable energy suppliers.
Killington Resort is enrolled in the Cow Power program, a completely local form of renewable energy made in Vermont. Staying with Vermont tradition of buying local, the K-1 Express Gondola will be powered solely by manure from local dairy farms. In the process, this reduces greenhouse emissions produced by cows and expands the use of the readily available, renewable resource in Vermont.
- In 2012, we purchased 300,000 kilowatt hours of Cow Power to run the K-1 Express Gondola year round.
- For 2013-14, we are purchasing additional kilowatt hours that will allow both the K-1 Express Gondola and the new Peak Lodge to run on Cow Power.
- Since 2007, Killington Resort has converted 12 walk-in coolers to Freeaire Refrigeration.
- Freeaire, a Vermont-based company, created and installs systems that use cold, outside air to refrigerate coolers instead of using high energy consuming compressors to cool stored food.
- Retrofitting all of the coolers here at Killington Resort with the Freeaire system has greatly reduced energy usage, and has reduced CO2 emissions by 13.2 tons a year.
From paper towels to facial tissues, we're making sure all of our product choices are environmentally responsible.
- In 2012-13, Killington used close to 50,000 pounds of 100% recycled, third-party certified Tork paper products.
- The use of this recycled product saves approximately 175,000 gallons of water, 75 cubic yards of landfill space, 102,000 kilowatt hours, 1,500 pounds of air polluntants, 9,500 gallons of fuel oil, and 424 trees.
Forest Stewardship Ccouncil Certified Paper for Printed Collateral
FSC works to improve forest management worldwide, and through certification creates an incentive for forest owners and managers to follow best social and environmental practices. The growing demand for FSC certified products tells forest owners that businesses and consumers prefer products from well managed forests.
- Since 2009, both the Killington Resort trail maps and guest guides have been printed on FSC-certified (Forest Stewardship Council) paper.
Renewable Energy Credits
Since 2008, Killington offsets most of our electricity use through the purchase of Renewable Energy Credits (RECs), while Powdr Corp as a whole offsets more than 100% through REC.
- Killington Resort has purchased over 107 million kilowatt hours of RECs, which has eliminated more the 66,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions – an amount equal to the emissions produced by 7,466 average homes.
- Killington’s commitment of RECs is the largest of any resort in the East.
Sustainable Slopes Member
Since 2011, Killington Resort has been a member of the National Ski Area Associations Sustainable Slopes program.
- This program provides an overarching framework for ski areas on sustainability and enhanced environmental performance.
The Marble Valley Regional Transportation District
Killington Resort is the largest private contributor to “The Bus” - The Marble Valley Regional Transportation District. The Killington Region Transit Expansion Plan was a proactive response to the Village Master Plan proposed in 1998 to reduce traffic impacts to the region.
- Current ridership for the region exceeds 800,000 one way trips, with resort related trips exceeding 375,000, of which 75,000 are commuter and employee related - which continues to increase each year.
- The combined efforts of the state, the resort and regional business supports the nearly a $1 million operating budget of "The Bus".
- The objective is to reduce the dependence on the automobile, drastically reducing emissions in the region and to creating a pedestrian friendly village that is contiguous to the surrounding community.
The source of snowmaking water has been supplemented by the use of the Woodward Reservoir.
- This conservation measure has allowed the historical flows in local streams to be maintained, and in some cases increased, to insure protection for aquatic species.
- At the same time the snowmaking water supply can now support future growth without impacts to natural resources.
- In addition, the cold water pulled from the depths of Woodward Reservoir reduces the need to power cooling plants at the resort prior to pumping water through the snowmaking system.
Additional water conservation measures have been achieved through an innovative design to use recycled waste water systems throughout restroom facilities at our six base lodges.
- This saves up to 30,000 gallons of fresh water a day during peak usage and will be expanded in the future.
In 2008, Killington Resort partnered with Casella Resource Solutions in a zero-sort recycling program. No sorting on our end makes it easier to recycle, putting more of our stuff back into the world and less into landfills.
- Zero-Sort Recycling makes it easier for our customers to recycle, promoting greater participation in recycling by eliminating their need to sort materials.
- From December 2012 through March 2013, Killington Resort recycled 73 tons of waste through the zero-sort program which equates to taking 652 cars off the road during those four months.