Save the Ski Slopes

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by-chris-figenshau.jpgAround the world, ski resorts are feeling the heat of global warming. Over the past decade, winter seasons are shorter and snowfall amounts have decreased. Unfortunately, to compensate for the lack of snow, many resorts make artificial snow through energy-intensive methods which only add to climate change.

Now, a few resorts are implementing strategies to reduce their carbon footprint. Some have installed wind turbines for powering ski lifts and generating clean electricity. Others are using low-emission compressors for snowmaking. Green building is also catching on in the resort world, with companies considering the environmental impacts of construction activities.

Vail Resorts is planning what will be the largest resort in the U.S. to be LEED certified by the U.S. Green Building Council. Other green ski resorts include Wyoming’s Hotel Terra Jackson Hole, and the Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa in Colorado.

Source: Time

Tag(s): Going Green, Green Building, Green Travel, Greenhouse Gas Emissions / Global Warming, The Great Green Outdoors

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