The National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) has added a new component to the Sustainable Slopes Program this year: the Climate Challenge. The Climate Challenge is designed to give recognition to ski areas that are developing carbon inventories, setting goals for carbon reduction, and measuring success in reducing their overall carbon footprint. With guidance, resorts will set quantitative greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets and timelines, and develop plans for reaching these targets. Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort is one of only eight ski areas taking on the challenge in its inaugural year.
“The Climate Challenge is intended to provide a venue for a friendly competition among resorts that will inspire action and elevate the visibility of the entire industry in its efforts to fight climate change,” says NSAA President Michael Berry. “The efforts will bring measurable and audited results and take the industry and Sustainable Slopes to the next level in sustainability performance.”
Meadows CEO Matthew Drake says the resort is looking forward to the challenge. “As a charter member of the Sustainable Slopes Environmental Charter adopted in 2000, we applaud the NSAA for inspiring us to take action and create a streamlined process for showing meaningful and measurable progress in carbon reduction in our industry. Our entire team, led by our Sustainability Manager, is excited about this challenge, which we expect will engage employees, management, and others in working together to pursue a common purpose of ever-greater sustainability performance.”
The Challenge provides an opportunity for resorts looking to complete a carbon inventory and leverage the technical expertise of the program partners. As part of the Climate Challenge, resorts will also commit to implementing at least one meaningful and measurable action each year toward their end targets.
For more information on the Climate Change program, please visit the NSAA website. For further information on Mt. Hood Meadows considerable environmental and sustainability initiatives visit the environment page.