Grand Targhee Resort is proud of its environmental record and strives to be a leader on the environmental front. We have implemented a number of sustainability policies and initiatives to guide our operation:
Vehicle Idling Policy – The National Ski Area Association’s ‘No Idling Policy’ was adopted in 2008. To collectively address the adverse impacts of vehicle idling and further demonstrate our commitment to environmental stewardship, Grand Targhee Resort has adopted this NO idling policy. Through this policy, we aim to reduce overall fuel use, raise awareness of the impacts of idling on air quality and climate change and reduce the emissions associated with unnecessary idling of vehicles. Idling times must be limited to just five minutes for gasoline-powered vehicles and 15 minutes for diesel vehicles. Guests are strongly encouraged to adhere to these guidelines, as are employees in their own vehicles.
Purchasing Policy – Employees making purchasing decisions are encouraged to purchase from environmentally-responsible companies that manufacture environmentally-friendly products. Employees are empowered to spend a certain percentage more on such goods and services.
Public Transportation and Carpooling – Grand Targhee Resort strongly encourages guests and employees to ride the shuttle bus or to carpool to the ski area. The resort offers free shuttle rides for employees, season passholders, and lodging guests.
Energy Use Policy – Grand Targhee Resort strives to use energy in the most efficient, cost-effective and environmentally-friendly way possible. The resort will continue to grow its energy performance by continuing to update all base area lights to LED. By improving education and training, implementing effective controls and tracking strategies, and seeking out innovative ways to save energy.
Protect Our Winters – In 2009 Grand Targhee became the first ski resort to partner with Protect Our Winters. POW’s mission is to unite winter sports enthusiasts, from jibbers to snowshoers to backcountry skiers, in learning about and reducing environmental impacts and fighting climate change. Grand Targhee Resort employees donate dollars from their paychecks and all employee donations are matched 100% by the resort. Around $100,000 has been raised in support of land conservation and stewardship here in Teton County, ID.
NSAA Sustainable Slopes Charter – Grand Targhee adopted the National Ski Area Association’s Sustainable Slopes Environmental Charter. The charter pledged the ski industry and member ski areas to be leaders among providers of outdoor recreation in committing to environmental stewardship and improving environmental performance in all aspects of their operations.
NSAA Climate Challenge – In 2008, Grand Targhee Resort joined NSAA’s Climate Challenge. As part of the Climate Challenge, member ski areas have to track and inventory their greenhouse gas emissions, set an emissions reduction goal, and implement one project a year aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. To read the latest results of the Climate Challenge, click here.
Kids Fun Zone Ghee-cology– Grand Targhee Resort has incorporated a sustainability message into its kids’ lessons and programs with Ghee-cology stops in the Kids Fun Zone. Situated in several areas across the Shoshone Beginner skiing area, these educational signs offer information pertaining to local plants, animals, and mountain ecosystems in kid-friendly terms.
Department Sustainability Plans – Each department at Grand Targhee Resort develops a sustainability plan specific to their own operation. These plans outline ways for their employees to uphold and contribute to our sustainability goals within the scope of their day-to-day responsibilities.
Green Events Policy – Grand Targhee Resort seeks to provide a functional and attractive event venue that encourages guests, staff and partners to limit the environmental impacts of their events. Recycle bins are always provided, carpooling is encouraged, and vendors are held to high standards regarding their waste creation and energy use.
Waste Reduction Policy – Waste reduction efforts are part of every employee’s daily job responsibilities. All employees are responsible to recycle all materials recyclable at the Resort. Wherever there is a garbage receptacle, there is a recycling receptacle. Employees encourage guests to recycle and are supported to share recycling and waste reduction ideas with their supervisors. All cutlery and cafeteria tableware are reusable and any service containers that aren’t reusable are recyclable. “Hydration stations” encourage guests to refill their own water bottles.