How Vail Resorts Is Changing Its Environmental Focus

September 2009

In 2006, Vail Resorts promised to purchase the equivalent of 152,000-megawatt-hours of wind energy each year, making the ski resort one of the top renewable-energy buyers in the nation. Although wind farms couldn't deliver the power directly to Vail, the resort smartly purchased credits, meaning the electricity it used was replaced on the power grid with wind power. Now, the plan, which federal officials estimate would reduce more than 200 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions a year, is over, according to the Denver Business Journal. Vail Resorts Chairman and CEO Rob Katz says the resort aims to change its environmental focus to "more comprehensive projects, which help protect the climate and also offer habitat and watershed benefits to local communities, such as the Hayman Restoration Project." The Hayman project aims to help restore areas in Pike National Forest that were devastated by the 2002 wildfire, the largest ever to strike Colorado. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Vail Resorts will be joined by The National Forest Foundation and the U.S. Forest Service on the estimated $4 million project (via 9News).