As good stewards of the land, we embrace every opportunity to reduce the impact of our operation in the high alpine environment where we work and play. This unwavering commitment by Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort and our parent company, Powdr Corporation, is to continually improve in reducing the carbon emissions produced at every stage of our operation.
The average global temperature increased by about 1 degree Fahrenheit over the 20th century.
The United States contains only 5% of the world's population, but contributes 22% of the world's carbon emissions.
Personal cars and trucks in the United States emit 20% of the United States' carbon emissions.
Between 20% and 25% of carbon emissions come from deforestation and land use change.
The ski area recently purchased 100% renewable energy for its city office utilizing Renewable Choice Energy (renewablechoice.com): This reduced carbon-emissions by 68,000 pounds.
This is the equivalent to:
Carbon sequestered annually by 10.4 acres of pine or fir forests.
Not consuming 5,492 gallons of gasoline.
Not burning 53,501 pounds of coal.
Not consuming 114 barrels of oil.
LVSSR employee shuttle bus - conserving carbon-emissions and gas by encouraging ride sharing to work.
Sawmill shuttle bus reduces traffic and congestion in upper Lee Canyon during peak periods.
For the long term, LVSSR will incorporate green building and development practices which are certified by The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Building Rating System.
Now proposed within the LVSSR Master Development Plan, the environmentally sustainable lodge and facilities will incorporate many green attributes such as recycled materials, state-of-the-art wastewater management, solar energy, natural lighting, radiant heating, trash recycling facilities and more.
The resort recently gained approval for a public transportation grant aimed at reducing congestion and emissions in this pristine area. LVSSR management is hopeful to receive funding in time for the 2012-2013 season this winter.
Recently, our "self contained" resort installed new power generators, resulting in more efficient fuel economy and significantly reduced emissions. These "tier 2" rated generators comply with the Environmental Protection Agency's highest emissions rating currently offered for engines of this size.
Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort installed a solar array:
Electricity hasn’t been installed to the mountain so the entire operation is powered with diesel generators. That’s a big carbon footprint annually from diesel fuel. We installed a solar array with battery storage primarily to allow us to run the server and office without using generators. This has been so successful that we increased the battery storage capacity. Our current plan is to maximize solar generating capacity, storage capacity and electricity needed.
In one month when we would have had to start the generators, instead we were able to run entirely off the electricity generated by our solar array. Last year in that same month we used over 700 gallons of diesel fuel to generate the power needed. By not using that much diesel fuel we stopped over 15,000 pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere! Not to mention saving about $2,800 in diesel fuel costs.
New for the 2012/2013 ski season LVSSR purchased and installed Energy Star dishwashers and washable plates and utensils. This project made it possible for us to stop sending over 152,000 disposable plates, cups and utensils to the landfill every year.
Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort is proud to host the annual Trash Day event every summer.
LVSSR's Mountain Patrol is proud to join LVSSR in being a part of Nevada's "Adopt a Highway Program". We conduct regular trash pick up events on State Route 156.
Replace regular incandescent light bulbs with a compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) or a light emitting diode bulb (LED).
Uses 60% less energy than a regular bulb.
Use a clothesline instead of a dryer whenever possible.
You can save 700 pounds of carbon dioxide when you air dry your clothes for six months out of the year.
Unplug electronics from the wall when you are not using them.
Even when turned off, things like hairdryers, cell phone chargers and televisions use energy. In fact, the energy used to keep display clocks lit and memory chips working accounts for five percent of total domestic energy consumption and releases 18 million tons of carbon into the atmosphere every year.
Turn off the water while brushing your teeth.
Recycle at home.
Earth 911 can help you find recycling resources in your area.
Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort is operated by Powdr Corporation, one of the leading mountain resort owners in the United States. Headquartered in Park City, Utah, Powdr Corp. currently owns and operates nine resorts including Park City Mountain Resort and Gorgoza Park in Park City, Utah, Killington Mountain Resort and Pico Resort in Killington, Vermont, Mt. Bachelor in Bend, Oregon, Boreal Resort and Soda Springs Resort, both at Donner Summit, California and Copper Mountain Resort in Colorado.
Powdr has significantly reduced the collective carbon footprint of their resorts. The EPA estimates that Powdr Resorts commitment to the environment has avoided over 360 million pounds of C02 emissions, which is equal to removing 32,065 passenger vehicles from the road or the CO2 emissions from the electricity use of 20,390 average American homes for a year.
Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard 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, LVSSR will continually set goals and measure the success of the goals each season to ensure we are honoring our commitments we have made. http://www.nsaa.org/nsaa/environment/ (NSAA Climate Challenge)