Vail Resorts Pursues Zero Environmental Footprint by 2030
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Environmentally sustainable resorts can transform the way people vacation and experience nature. If the resort developers focus on fostering healthy environments and supporting local communities, they can become a benchmark for sustainable business practices.
Global mountain resort operator, Vail Resorts, has launched Epic Promise for a Zero Footprint, which is a comprehensive sustainability commitment to achieve a zero net operating footprint by 2030. Through improved business practices, capital investment and continued environmental stewardship, Vail Resorts aims to achieve zero net emissions by 2030, zero waste to landfill by 2030, and zero net operating impact to forests and habitat.
According to chairman and CEO Rob Katz, Vail Resorts is making a commitment to address the most pressing global environmental challenge and protect local communities and natural resources. Carl Pope, co-author of Climate of Hope and former head of the Sierra Club, said that climate change can be combated through commitments such as this and others from cities, municipalities and companies across the country.
Zero net emissions by 2030
Vail Resorts plans to reduce the company’s electricity and natural gas use by another 15 percent – in addition to the 19 percent already achieved – by improving operating practices and investing $25 million in innovative, energy-saving projects, such as low-energy snowmaking equipment, green building design and construction, and more efficient grooming practices and equipment.
The company will purchase 100 percent renewable energy equivalent to its total electrical energy use and working with utilities and local, regional and national governments to bring more renewable energy to the grids where it operates its resorts. The company will engage with its vendors and suppliers to identify and collaborate on opportunities for them to reduce their emissions and environmental impact.
Zero waste to landfill by 2030
Vail Resorts aims to divert 100 percent of the waste from its operations to more sustainable pathways. Currently at a 40 percent waste diversion rate across its entire operations, the company has set its sights on an interim target of diverting 50 percent of its waste by 2020.
Vail Resorts plans to achieve this goal by improving its recycling and composting program; engaging with vendors to reduce packaging and to source recyclable and compostable products; working with local resort communities to increase options for reuse and diversion; and increasing awareness and engagement with employees and guests through signage, labeling and training.
Zero net operating impact to forests and wildlife habitat
To protect mountain landscapes in which Vail Resorts operates, the company has committed to minimizing or eliminating the impact of any future resort development; planting or restoring an acre of forest for every acre of forest displaced by its operations; and continuing and expanding its existing commitments to partner with and fund local organizations focused on the health of forests, habitat and wildlife.
Source: Epic Promise