Saturday, January 17, 2009

Park City Mountain Resort Receives Top Environmental Honors

Park City Mountain Resort ended 2008 with recognition from numerous green advocate groups for its environmental initiatives. Most recently, the Resort received an Energy Star Business Certification for its Team Building as well as an "A" ranking from the Ski Area Citizens Coalition (SACC), and the Clif Bar Silver Eagle Award for Excellence in Energy Conservation and Clean Energy. Park City Mountain Resort shares the honor of the 2008 Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with its parent company, Powdr Corp.
"Park City Mountain Resort is overjoyed to be recognized with such prestigious awards for our work towards environmental sustainability", said Brent Giles, director of environmental affairs for Park City Mountain Resort. "Everyone from our team members to our guests has contributed to the success of the resort's environmental stewardship. The acknowledgement from these green leaders is a great indicator that the environmental work we do is a true step towards becoming more carbon neutral and we hope to continue to lead by example".
Since 2005, Park City Mountain Resort's environmental initiatives have reduced and offset 30 million pounds of CO2 emissions, reducing its carbon footprint by 97 percent.
"The annual energy consumption of a ski resort is substantial, and we have a responsibility to reduce the carbon footprint of our resorts to help preserve their pristine settings for generations to come", said Giles. "While this switch to renewable energy will be invisible to the guest, skiers and riders can enjoy peace of mind knowing that all of Park City Mountain Resort's electricity is now coming from 100 percent renewable sources".
This year, Park City Mountain Resort was ranked the most accessible mountain resort and a Top-five ski resort in North America by the readers of SKI magazine. Park City Mountain Resort, a ski and snowboard mountain resort is just 40 minutes from the Salt Lake City International Airport and located right in the heart of historic Park City, Utah.