Park City Mountain Resort continually strives to be an environmental leader in the community. Each year as we think about improvements, we take into account how we can offset our energy uses and reduce our carbon footprint. The new lights and snowmaking systems that are in place for the 10/11 winter season are a big part of this ongoing initiative. This past year we introduced the Eco Zone, located in the Resort plaza, designed to educate our guests on what we have done as well as what you can do for climate protection, energy savings, and waste reduction.
This year we have been awarded Utah's Green Business Award for workplace initiatives by Utah Business magazine. This award was given for "practices at the workplace that engage employees and clients to act green. Companies that provide employees with an eco-friendly workplace by adopting energy efficient technologies and industry leading practicies."
Here are just a few of the highlights from Utah Business magazine's article on Park City Mountain Resort:
- Energy reduction initiatives have reduced the resort's carbon footprint by more than 8,800 tons of CO2
- Purchase of wind energy during the past 5 years has reduced our carbon footprint by 22,000 tons
- Our team building has received the Energy Star designation from the EPA for the past 2 years
- We've reduced our snowmobile fleet by 30 percent
- PCMR uses energy-efficient snowmaking equipment
- PCMR uses bio-diesel fuel exclusively
- The 1,500 watt quartz lights on PayDay run have been replaced with 150 watt metal halide bulbs.
It is an honor to be recognized alongside these champions in environmental sustainability. I applaud Utah Business magazine for hosting a luncheon to honor these companies that was not only informative, but also inspiring.
To read more about the Green Business Awards, pick up a copy of Utah Business Magazine's October issue. Are you doing something to save the environment? Let us know in the comment section below. Remember that Green initiatives help keep the slopes white!