SugarbushSugarbush Resort has seen significant reductions in energy and waste since last year. The resort invested in 351 Snow Logic, HKD, and Ratnik low-energy snowguns last summer to help reduce energy consumption. 

The resort purchased another 63 low-energy snowguns during the season. This is in addition to the 80 low-energy snowguns purchased in 2013. These improvements helped the resort reduce snowmaking energy consumption by 15 percent and save close to 1,400 Megawatt hours. These energy savings equated to dollar savings of around 19% when compared to last year.

Sugarbush also made strides in recycling efforts. Recyclables for the 2014 calendar year were up to 33.3 percent of the total tonnage between recyclables and waste, up from 30.2 percent in 2013. The resort saw close to 135 tons of recyclables move through its system. 

This past January, which isn’t included in the 2014 calendar year numbers, Sugarbush introduced liquid dumping stations, which will help provide even further reductions in waste moving forward. The resort also composted close to 13 tons of food scraps, which are transported  to Grow Compost of Vermont in Moretown.

Timbers Restaurant is a member of 1 Percent For The Planet, a global collection of businesses pledging one-percent of revenues to environmental causes, all off-road diesel machinery at the resort uses biodiesel fuel whenever possible. 

The resort is a voluntary member of the NSAA Climate Challenge, and Sugarbush works closely with numerous environmental partners including the U.S. Forest Service, Catamount Trail Association, Green Mountain Club, Mad River Watershed Conservation Partnership, Mad River Valley Planning District, and Vermont Business Environmental Partnership.

Photo: Vermont's Sugarbush Resort sees reductions in energy and waste (Sugarbush/Facebook)