What We Are Doing
Powdr’s company-wide environmental protection initiatives go way beyond placing a recycling bin next to the copy machine. Following are a few of the tactics we use to cut our combined resort carbon footprint by more than half:
- In 2009 and again in 2010 Powdr was the largest purchaser of renewable energy among the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) partners in the travel and leisure category and holds the number 15 ranking of all corporations in the U.S. that purchase 100 percent renewable energy. The company has purchased over 177 million kWh of renewable energy over the past six years.
- Strive to earmark one percent of revenue for carbon cutting and energy saving projects.
- Intensive carbon footprint/energy audits are performed at all nine resorts on an annual basis.
- In 2010 Powdr’s Park City Mountain Resort was the title sponsor of the “High Road Cooler World Music Festival,” an amazing global effort spanning 7,347 events held in 188 countries through 350.org. It was the largest grassroots climate action in history.
- Green Teams, made up of volunteer staff members from all departments, formulate and monitor energy saving and carbon cutting initiatives at all nine resorts.
- All incandescent lighting systems have been retrofitted to energy efficient compact fluorescent lighting.
- Snowmaking systems have been and are currently being upgraded with lower water and energy use equipment.
- Each resort maintains an extensive recycling programs covering all paper, cardboard, plastics, glass, aluminum, copper, antifreeze and batteries
These measures, combined with individual resort efforts, have eliminated emission of 128,925 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere and saved $600,000 in operating costs annually.
The reduction of 128,925 tons of CO2 is equivalent to any one of the following:
- Annual greenhouse gas emissions from 22,363 passenger vehicles
- CO2 emissions from 13,156,219 gallons of gasoline consumed
- CO2 emissions from 271,997 barrels of oil consumed
- CO2 emissions from 1,562 tanker trucks’ worth of gasoline
- CO2 emissions from the electricity use of 14,194 homes for one year
- CO2 emissions from the energy use of 9,954 homes for one year
- Carbon sequestered by 2,998,943 tree seedlings grown for 10 years
- Carbon sequestered annually by 24,938 acres of pine or fir forests
- Carbon sequestered annually by 1,110 acres of forest preserved from deforestation
- CO2 emissions from 4,873,283 propane cylinders used for home barbeques CO2 emissions from burning 611 railcars' worth of coal
- Greenhouse gas emissions avoided by recycling 39,380 tons of waste instead of sending it to the landfill
(These figures calculated using the US EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator)