Snow is our livelihood. It's our responsibility to protect our natural resources and make sure that we can enjoy winter sports for years and years to come. Boreal, along with its parent company Powdr Corp, is committed to reducing carbon emissions produced through our operations.
In a step to honor this commitment, POWDR Corp has purchased energy credits through Renewable Choice Energy to offset 100% of the grid supplied electricity consumed at its eight winter resorts including Boreal Mountain and Soda Springs Mountain Resort. The renewable energy credits total nearly 325 million kWh, which is equivalent to removing over 34,686 passenger vehicles from the road for a year. The renewable energy credits (RECs) will be used at Boreal to power snowmaking, lodge electricity, plus all chairlifts and night lights.
Powdr Corp is committed to being an industry leader in environmental stewardship. In addition to the purchase of 100 percent renewable energy, Powdr Corp resorts are actively involved in environmental initiatives including energy reduction, the use of alternative fuels and recycling. These initiatives have offset Powdr Corp’s carbon footprint by 50 percent. (more info) Thanks to the hard-work and commitments of Boreal was able to reduce carbon output by 537 tons (15%) during fiscal 2015. Additionally Boreal Mountain Resort along with the other POWDR Corp Resorts has joined NSAA's Climate Challenge. The NSAA Climate Challenge is engaging ski areas across the country to take action and fight climate change. The Challenge will not only result in measurable, quantifiable results and benefits, it will also help participating ski areas make tangible progress each year to fight climate change while reducing utility bills, and convey results for the benefit of skiers and riders, ski areas, resort communities, and our planet. Thru the Challenge, Boreal will continually set goals and measure the success of the goals each season to ensure we are honoring our commitments we have made. (NSAA Climate Challenge)
Boreal along with all other POWDR Corp resorts conducts a yearly self-audit to gauge carbon emissions due to operations. The self-audit clearly defines "major-offenders" that are producing high levels of carbon emissions. Once identified the "offenders" can be isolated and steps may be taken to improve carbon efficiency. Below you will find several projects Boreal has completed based on the carbon audit.
In the 2014-15 season, we:
• Installed water cooling system in our snowmaking pond, resulting in a 15% improvement in water to snow conversion and a 15% savings in water and electricity use to produce the same amount of snow, saving 26 tons of CO2 output.
• Installed high-efficiency Heating/Ventilation system in the Maintenance Building, saving 16% energy use compared to current building code requirements, reducing CO2 output by 7.5 tons!
• Added washable dishes to our Summer Camp and Bar parts of our Food and Beverage Operations, saving 80,000 units of trash for the year!
• Added airlock doors in Main Lodge to reduce heating energy use by 3%.
• Installed energy efficient LED lighting during build-out of Woodward Tahoe
During construction and whenever possible the team at Boreal chooses the energy efficient option such as the decision between LED lights vs. Metal Halides.Replaced windows in the Boreal Lodge and Boreal Inn
• Recently replaced old single-pane windows with efficient double-pane glass windows, reducing the carbon foot print by 50%, sparing the environment over 63,000 lbs of carbon per year
• New Snowmaking Fan Guns
Converted the old diesel powered compressors for the snowmaking system to SMI Fan Guns is saving 250 tons of carbon emissions each year.
• Replaced two lifts with NEW Castle Peak Quad
Recently Boreal replaced two old lifts which were operated by inefficient motors, with the NEW Castle Peak Quad, saving over 7,000 kWh per year.
• Changed lighting in lodge for energy efficient lights.
Recently replaced old lights and ballasts with a F42-ILL system reducing our kilowatt hours (kWh) by 50% per year, a savings of 84,000 kWh per year. This is an ongoing effort to improve all the lighting at Boreal.
• Upgraded Freeway Sign to LED
The new freeway sign saves the output of over 40 tons of carbon each year, reducing kWH by 86%.
• Replaced windows in the Boreal Lodge and Boreal Inn
Recently replaced old single-pane windows with efficient double-pane glass windows, reducing the carbon foot print by 50%, sparing the environment over 63,000 lbs of carbon per year
Other Projects and Initiatives:
Click on any of the websites below to learn more about what you can do to help prevent Climate Change.
Keep Winter Cool: Fight Climate Change
NSAA: The Green Room
The Snowrider Foundation: by the Surfrider Foundation
The Green Guide: by the National Geographic Society
Grist: Environmental News and Humor
CarbonSense: Making Sense of Climate Change
Natural Defense Resource Council: The Earth's Best Defense
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