Grand Targhee Resort was recently awarded the NSAA Golden Eagle Award for Overall Environmental Excellence
by a ski resort in the Small Ski Area category. The award recognizes Grand Targhee for its leadership in energy reduction. This is the second time that Grand Targhee Resort has received the award. The resort also received the Golden Eagle award in 2009.
Through equipment upgrades and retrofits, the weatherization of buildings, improved operating procedures and policies, and most importantly, behavioral change, Grand Targhee Resort exceeded its 2010 goal of reducing energy use by 10% below the previous five year average. By season’s end, Grand Targhee Resort achieved an 18% reduction in electricity use which marked the lowest electricity use at the resort in a decade.
"We attribute a huge portion of this energy savings to behavior changes by both our guests and employees," said Director of Sustainable Operations Christina Thomure. "Our supervisors conducted audits within their areas of operation and corrected several smaller, but meaningful electricity drains, including lights that were left on and heaters that were unnecessarily turned up high."
This winter Grand Targhee Resort partnered with Fall River Rural Electric Co-Op
(FRREC) and Bonneville Power Administration
to launch a guest conservation initiative called the “Guest Energy Conservation Challenge.” Guests were asked to reduce their electricity in minor ways, including turning including turning down the heat at night and when out of the room and turning off the lights when not in use. In exchange for participation, guests were given a pair of premium socks from Patagonia®
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 received the Golden Eagle Award for Overall Environmental Excellence in 2009, and was also a finalist for a 2009 Silver Eagle award in Environmental Education. In 2007 Grand Targhee received the Silver Eagle Award for Waste Management and 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 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.”
In addition to a comprehensive approach to sustainable practices throughout the resort, Grand Targhee Resort recently awarded nearly $10000 in grants to local non-profits for environmental projects as part of the Targhee Protect Our Winters Foundation. The resort was the first business in North America to register and third-party verify its greenhouse gas inventory with The Climate Registry, and diverted 50% of its waste stream in 2010, by replacing the majority of glass-bottled beverages with aluminum can and draft options, composting food and dishware at our music festivals, and a comprehensive recycling program at the resort.
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