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GIRDWOOD, AK — (News Release – October 18, 2007) – Alyeska Resort announced today that it was offsetting the carbon footprint of 100 percent of the energy used by its Tram by purchasing 403,200 kilowatt-hours of annual renewable energy over the next ten years. Alyeska Resort has purchased the carbon footprint offset through a partnership with Denali Green Tag’s Tour Green Program and Bonneville Environmental Foundation’s (BEF) SkiGreen program which provides clean energy options throughout the State of Alaska.
“The Denali Green Tag program affords the resort and its customers an opportunity not only to offset much of Alyeska’s carbon footprint, but to do so in support of renewable energy resources right here at home, more specifically the Fire Island wind project, commented John Byrne, Alyeska Resort owner. “I would like to thank Larry Daniels, Jason Lott, and Rosey Fletcher for bringing this issue to the forefront.
Alyeska Resort’s purchase is another major step towards a long-term commitment to incorporate environmentally sustainable practices into our mountain and hotel operations. Denali Green tags, also called renewable energy credits, offset the global warming pollution impacts on conventional electricity generation, air and ground travel. Green Tags are created when renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind power, are substituted for energy traditionally generated by burning fossil fuels, such as coal and natural gas.
SkiGreen tags can also be purchased in Alyeska’s retail and ticketing offices for $2. Each purchase is a contribution our customers can make which equates to the cost 100 kilowatt-hours of wind power entering the energy grid and creates a savings of 140 pounds of polluting air emissions from entering the atmosphere.
About Denali Green Tags
Tour Green program is specifically designed for offsetting the carbon dioxide emissions from tourism activities in Alaska. Tour Green supports the funds necessary for increasing the use of non-polluting renewable sources of power. Denali Green Tags is a renewable energy program of the non-profit Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) in partnership with the Renewable Energy Alaska Project (REAP) to promote further development of new renewable energy resources in the state of Alaska. Visit www.greentagsusa.org/greentags/denali.cfm to learn more about the Denali Green Tag Program.
About Bonneville Environmental Foundation
The Bonneville Environmental Foundation, a non-profit 501(c 3) organization, was established in 1998 and was a pioneer in developing the market for renewable energy certificates, which it calls Green Tags. BEF reinvests all the net revenues from Green Tag sales in support of its mission, which funds solar power systems for schools and businesses, wind-power systems for farms and ranches, and restoration efforts for salmon-bearing streams. Visit www.GreenTagsUSA.org to learn what individuals, utilities, and businesses are doing to increase the use of wind and solar power in our nation’s electricity grids.
Alyeska Resort, located 40 miles south of Anchorage, is Alaska’s premier year-round resort. Tucked amid the Chugach Mountains, Alyeska Ski Resort offers world-class skiing and snowboarding with stunning views of the Turnagain Arm. The 1,400 acres of terrain with 2,500 feet of vertical rise, is serviced by nine lifts including a 60-passenger aerial tramway, and a high-speed lift. Ski-in/ski-out access available from The Hotel Alyeska which features the luxurious Spa at Alyeska, fine dining at the Seven Glaciers and Sakura Teppanyaki Restaurants, and a mountain-view indoor heated pool and whirlpool spa. For information on ski packages and rates, call Alyeska Resort at 1-800-880-33880 or visit www.alyeskaresort.com.