Grand Targhee Resort was recently awarded the 2009 CLIF® BAR Golden Eagle Award for Overall Environmental Excellence by a ski resort. The award recognizes Grand Targhee for its leadership and participation as a founding member of The Climate Registry ? the leading greenhouse gas inventory regulator in North America, and for its aggressive greenhouse gas mitigation program. Greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2) are considered the leading cause of global warming
Established in 1993, the Golden Eagle Awards for Environmental Excellence recognize the environmental achievements of ski areas. The awards honor members of the National Ski Area Association, which represents the majority of ski area owners and operators in North America. CLIF® BAR & Company, which employs wind energy, biodiesel, waste reduction and other initiatives to reduce its own footprint on the planet, is the administrator of the awards program.
Grand Targhee Resort was also a finalist for a 2009 Silver Eagle award in Environmental Education, and in 2007 received the Silver Eagle Award for Waste Management and was a runner-up for the Golden Eagle award in Environmental Excellence.
?We are honored to receive our industry?s most prestigious environmental award and we are thrilled to celebrate our environmental achievements with this recognition,? said Director of Sustainable Operations Christina Thomure. ?As a ski area that depends on the environment for the success of our business, we will continue our commitment to researching and executing programs and strategies that allow us to accurately and honestly mitigate our impact on the environment.?
With a comprehensive approach to sustainable practices throughout the resort, Grand Targhee is recycling 40 percent of their waste stream, conserving a half million gallons of water by using low-flow showerheads, using bio diesel in all resort diesel vehicles and seeks to educate guests and employees through a complimentary resort naturalist program. Thanks to a seasonal employee shuttle and other carpooling incentives, Grand Targhee Resort was designated one of the Best Workplaces for Commuters by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) in 2007.
A dedicated community partner, Grand Targhee Resort annually donates employee labor to support community projects from local organizations. The resort also recently awarded over $8000 in grants to local non-profits for environmental projects as part of the Targhee Protect Our Winters Foundation. Grand Targhee Resort is one of four grant recipients from the new NSAA Sustainable Slopes Grant Program and will use the grant to partially fund a feasibility study for a composting greenhouse. GTR is also a pilot study project for the Greater Yellowstone Framework for Sustainable Development, helping to create a regionally-based rating system for sustainable development.
Grand Targhee Resort is a year round mountain resort situated on the western slope of the Tetons in Alta, Wyoming, accessible only through Teton Valley, Idaho. Tucked among spectacular Teton views and national forest land, Grand Targhee is an intimate summer getaway for adventure-seekers, with miles of lift-accessed hiking, running and mountain biking trails, renowned music festivals and a variety of activities in a pristine high alpine environment. During the winter, our abundance of light powder snow (more than 500 inches annually) and virtual lack of lift lines creates an uncrowded skier and snowboarder paradise, continually recognized for great snow, genuine western hospitality, scenic beauty, excellent value and commitment to sustainability. For more information, please visit our website at www.grandtarghee.com.