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Environmental Stewardship

Squaw Valley recognizes that it is the company’s duty, as a four-season mountain resort, to preserve the alpine environment’s fragile beauty. "Squaw Valley Ski Corporation and the entire Squaw Valley team are committed to being responsible environmental stewards as the mountain and our environment are absolutely central to the Squaw experience,” notes President and CEO Andy Wirth.

Environmental Stewardship

Environmental Stewardship

Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows team members are committed to being responsible environmental stewards, as the mountain and our environment are absolutely central to the Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows experience. We’ve identified three core areas where we can make a difference while educating our customers and community:

Raising awareness on the impacts from climate change to our business and community

We’re doing what we can to reduce our carbon footprint by investing in energy efficiency, looking at on-site renewable generation, and thinking hard about how we run our mountains. We’re also supporting organizations that are advocating for climate change action on the local and national level to make sure we’re not acting alone.

Giving to our community to strengthen Lake Tahoe and its people

Because we don’t just work here—we live here too. We believe that it is important to maintain and expand opportunities for the community to interact, and learn about, the Lake Tahoe environment. We’re working hard to expand hiking, offer educational opportunities, and support local organizations that are getting people outdoors.

Climate Change

Raising awareness on the impacts from climate change to our business and community

We’re doing what we can to reduce our carbon footprint by investing in energy efficiency, looking at on-site renewable generation, and thinking hard about how we run our mountains. We’re also supporting organizations that are advocating for climate change action on the local and national level to make sure we’re not acting alone.

Initiative Description
Electric Car Charging Station Squaw Valley is proud to be the first ski resort in Lake Tahoe and California to install electric car chargers at the base of the resort. These 4 charging stations are free of charge for guests to use while they enjoy their time on the slopes and the Village.
First ever carbon neutral event: U.S. Alpine Championships We were able to reduce the resorts infrastructure's carbon footprint by 10% in 2013. This program will continue for the 2014 U.S. Alpine Championships.
Partnership with Protect Our Winters (POW)

We have partnered with Protect Our Winters to host fundraising and climate change awareness events, and now we’re also sponsoring them through the Mountain Collective! We’re proud to be supporting local athlete Jeremy Jones’ efforts to get the word out about how climate change is affecting winter sports.

Partnership with US Zero Waste Business Council

We became a founding member of the US Zero Waste Business Council in December 2013. The USZWBC mission is “to educate, inform and document the performance of Zero Waste Businesses using scientific methods to help businesses and communities become more healthy and sustainable.” We strive to develop better business practices leading us to a zero waste future.

Improving recycling and composting programs

We are in the middle of expanding our recycling programs to make sure that we are keeping as much waste out of the landfill as possible. We’re also working with our local trash hauler to pilot a compost program with Rocker@Squaw and other Village restaurants.

Recycling/Composting initiatives we are taking:

  • Metal - since January 1, 2013 we have recycled 299,360lbs of metal
  • Kitchen Oil - sent to Reno Rendering Company for recycling
  • Motor Oil - sending materials to Ramos Oil in Reno, NV for recycling for 10 years
  • E-waste - properly disposing of office equipment and small electronics from our employees
  • Batteries - properly disposing of batteries for years
  • CFL Light Bulbs - collection buckets on site and properly disposed of
  • Compost - diverting thousands of lbs of waste from the landfill over the course of about 3 years. Participating locations include - Rocker@Squaw, Olympic House and Fireside Pizza
  • Beverage Container Recycling - collection of beverage containers and other recyclable items at the point of disposal in the front of high traffic areas
  • Cardboard Dumpsters - several cardboard dumpsters in place between Squaw and Alpine ensuring this material is recycled properly

Biodiesel

We are experimenting with using a biodiesel blend in some of our trucks. If everything goes well, we’re hoping to be able to start using it in our groomers too.

Energy Efficiency Program

By spending over $300,000 to replace over 1,600 of our aging lights and optimize the High Camp Lagoon heating system, we have reduced our infrastructure's carbon footprint at Squaw Valley by 10% in 2013. We have already kicked off Phase 2 of this program and we are looking forward to sharing the results in 2014.

Energy Efficiency/Green initiatives we are taking:

  • Light Bulb Energy - Carbon Lighthouse installed LED and CFL light bulbs throughout several buildings in the resort; reducing the energy used for lighting
  • Purchasing - The products we are providing in our F&B outlets are either recyclable or compostable. We also take the origin location of our products, packaging, and efficiency into consideration when making purchasing decisions.
  • Bus passes - we do offer free bus passes for our employees to travel to and from work.
  • Paperless Direct Deposit - is offered to all of our employees through our payroll system.
  • Discounts for Using Reusable Mugs – All of the coffee bars at Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows offer discounts for using a non-disposable cup for your coffee.
  • Biodiesel - B5 biodiesel for our on road vehicles in March 2013, and started on B20 in July 2013.
  • Food Truck – We are working to make MTN ROOTS Food Truck a zero waste operation. Items provided to guests are either compostable or recyclable only. Guests can sort their waste on site.
  • Green Team – We have developed a team of individuals from all employment levels that are dedicated to helping keep Squaw and Alpine green. Our mission is as follows: “The Green Team is a committee of individuals dedicated to the stewardship of our legendary mountains. Sustainability and environmental efforts are not just our goals, they are the priorities and we want to influence the decisions of our team, our guests, and our community.”

 

Community Strengthening

Giving to our community to strengthen Tahoe and its people

Because we don’t just work here—we live here too. We want to make sure that Tahoe residents and visitors alike, have the resources they need to enjoy this wonderful environment that we work and play in. Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows are actively involved in many organizations that are helping people live healthier and more fulfilling lives.

Initiative Description
Green Bucks Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows have been instrumental in launching the new region-wide Green Bucks program - a new dollar donation program designed to harness the passion of visitors and residents in order to help care for the region’s extraordinary environment. Proceeds from Green Bucks support the Tahoe Fund, the Truckee River Watershed Council and other public and nonprofit organizations in the region. With the money raised, these organizations will fund projects to improve, enhance and restore watersheds, hiking and biking trails, and environmental stewardship programs.

Supporting our local public transportation

We provide free bus passes to all our employees so they can avoid driving personal cars to and from the mountain. This cuts down on carbon emissions, local pollution, and congestion on our roads.

Tahoe Institute for Natural Sciences

During the summer of 2013, we partnered with TINS to offer guided educational hikes at High Camp where guests can look for gray-crowned rosy finches, hear from a naturalist, or learn about the geology of the area.

Tahoe Fund

Squaw Valley & Alpine Meadows have donated $25,000 to the Tahoe Fund in order to help fund public projects and programs that restore and sustain the Lake for the enjoyment of current and future generations. Example project work includes expanding bike trails, improving hiking trails, controlling invasive species, and protecting local beaches.

Truckee River Watershed Council

Squaw Valley & Alpine Meadows have donated $25,000 to the Truckee River Watershed Council to help restore and protect the fragile ecosystems in our local streams, lakes, wetlands, and meadows.

Farm to Table Dinners at Rocker@Squaw Rocker@Squaw offers a new delicious alternative to their already appetizing menu every weekend this summer. Farm fresh ingredients are delivered from Tahoe Food Hub and our executive chef whips up entrees and salads that delight the pallet.

 

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