Vail Resorts, Inc. this week announced that it has partnered with Boulder, Colo.-based Renewable Choice Energy (RCE), a Schneider Electric company, to help identify and implement renewable energy projects that the company may purchase or fund as part of its comprehensive sustainability commitment.
In hiring RCE, the Company is working towards pursuing its “Epic Promise for a Zero Footprint,” which includes three ambitious sustainability goals: zero net emissions by 2030, zero waste to landfill by 2030, and zero net operating impact to forests and habitat.
“This is an exciting step towards our net zero emissions goal,” said Rob Katz, chairman and chief executive officer of Vail Resorts. “Bringing more renewable energy to the market and onto the grid is a great opportunity, and one that highlights our passion for environmental stewardship.”
In addition to Vail Resorts’ plan to bring new renewable energy online, Vail Resorts has also committed to capital improvement projects at several of its resorts designed to realize energy efficiencies and reduce the company’s energy use.
Vail Resorts’ Epic Promise for a Zero Footprint will enable resort guests – visiting Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia, Canada; Perisher in Australia; Stowe in Vermont; Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan – and the Company’s more than 30,000 employees the opportunity to enjoy the natural environment and resources with minimal impact.
In July, Vail announced plans to invest $25 million in energy saving projects like low-energy snowmaking equipment, green building design and construction, and more efficient grooming practices and equipment, as part of its efforts to reach zero net emissions by 2030. This will reduce the company’s electricity and natural gas use by 15%, according to Vail.
Vail Resorts will also purchase 100% renewable energy equivalent to its total electrical energy use, and will work with utilities and local governments to bring more renewable energy to the grids where Vail operates its resorts.
Vendors mentioned in this article:
- Vail Resorts
- Renewable Choice energy
- Schneider Electric
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