"The Environment Is Our Business" Vail Resorts Makes an Epic Promise for a Zero Footprint

Vail Resorts, operator of 14 mountain resorts worldwide, has recently announced that the Company will pursue a comprehensive sustainability commitment, called “Epic Promise for a Zero Footprint”. This ambitious undertaking commits to zero net emissions, zero waste to landfill and zero net operating impact to forests and habitat by 2030. “The environment is our business, and we have a special obligation to protect it,” said Rob Katz, chairman and chief executive officer of Vail Resorts. “As a growing global company so deeply connected to the outdoors, we are making a commitment to address our most pressing global environmental challenge and protect our local communities and natural resources. Through improved business practices … we are setting a goal of achieving a zero net operating footprint by 2030.”

Developed in consultation with leading sustainability experts in the industry, “Epic Promise for a Zero Footprint” plans to achieve net zero emissions in its operations by 2030 through the following initiatives:

• Reducing the Company’s electricity and natural gas use by improving operating practices and investing $25 million in innovative, energy-saving projects, such as low-energy snowmaking equipment, green building design and construction, and more efficient grooming practices and equipment.

• Purchasing 100 percent renewable energy equivalent to Vail

Resorts’ total electrical energy use as well as working with utilities and local, regional and national governments to bring more renewable energy to the grids where the Company operates its resorts. The Company is a member of RE100, a global collaborative initiative of influential companies committed to using 100 percent renewable electricity.

• Engaging with the Company’s suppliers to identify and collaborate to reduce emissions and environmental impact.

• Providing resort guests and employees with information and opportunities to reduce or offset their carbon footprint through signage, labeling and training.

• Improve and expand its recycling and composting program.

• Engaging with vendors to reduce packaging and to source recyclable and compostable products.

• Working with local resort communities to increase awareness and options for reuse and diversion.

photo credit: Vail China Bowl- photo by Chris McLennan

Vail Resorts also commits to protect the spectacular mountain landscapes in which it operates by planting or restoring an acre of forest for every acre of forest displaced by the company’s operations and future resort development, as well as expanding it’s existing commitments to partner with local organizations focused on the health of forests, habitat and wildlife.

Vail Resorts currently operates resorts in Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia, Canada; Perisher in Australia; Stowe in Vermont; Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan. vailresorts.com