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Sustainable Slopes: The Canyons


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(Erin Cooke (435) 655-2582

The Canyons is taking steps to keep Winter Cool and fight global warming through a number of initiatives. We are beginning to use solar powered lighting and we are purchasing 6% of our energy consumption from wind-generated sources within the Blue Sky Wind Energy program. Here is a summary of our environmental programs that will be featured on Sustainable Slopes Day.

General Information:

The Canyons has partnered with various organizations to promote both Sustainable Slopes Day and our annual Ski For Nature Day, a day to support the efforts of The Salt Lake Nature Conservancy

Various organizations will staff tables in The Canyons Resort Village to discuss the following environmental initiatives:
– Wind Power
– Utah Clean Energy Alliance
– Utah Power/PacifiCorp
– The Mayor, Dana Williams
– Black Diamond Equipment, Ltd.
– Wild Oats
– “Green/Clean Energy”
– RE Solar
– Park City Transportation
– Conservation and Sustainability
– The Nature Conservancy
– Utah Open Lands
– CARG (Citizens Allied for Responsible Growth)
– Recycle UtahAdditional Programs will include:

Wind Power Signup- Utah Clean Energy Alliance Staff on hand to sign up guests for wind power. Each guest that signs up for wind power will receive a $20 Off Voucher for The Canyons from Pacificorp.

Environmental Trivia Sheet- each individual that fills one out will be entered in our Black Diamond Raffle!

We Care About Carpooling-Mountain Hosts to hand-out Balance Bars, stickers to carpoolers

Sustainable Slopes Table Tents-Red Pine, Sun Lodge, Canyon Mountain Sports, and Canyons Rental Areas (along with pre-existing merchandising messages)

Environmental Surveys- Canyons employees will find out our guest’s environmental concerns and goals by conducting environmental surveys at Red Pine from 11:00am – 1:00pm

Mountain Eco-tours- Integrate environmental accomplishments into daily “Mountain Host Tours”

NEW Preserving our Peaks Coloring Book- Your friend Mogul Moose discusses environmental programs at The Canyons

Coloring contest/environmental poster contest- Little Adventures Day Care/Perfect Kids, local daycares, and local schools. All entries will be displayed in our “Decorating (and Protecting) Our World” Gallery in the ForumCanyons Employees will be on staff to discuss current environmental initiatives such as:

Donating 600 Perfect Turn jackets to Eagle Ranch Shelter in 2003

Purchasing a Solvent-Free Parts Washer

Implementing Office Recycling and Investigating of an On-Mountain Recycling Program

Drafting the First Environmental Report

Purchasing 6% of Electricity in the form of Blue Sky Wind Energy

Providing financing for Regional Transportation System to extend to Kimball Junction

Choosing Solar Powered Lighting for new Canyons Bus Shelter

Drafting Low Impact Recreation Principles on Trail Map

Transplanting 30 trees from a future construction site for future landscaping uses

Purchasing a new fleet of vehicles, snowcats and snowmobiles

Investigating a pilot program using Bio Diesel for snowcats

Placing numerous land parcels in Conservation Easements and Expanding Areas of Public Use

Employing sustainable building practices – glading vs. clear cutting, Construction Mitigation Management

Protecting wildlife habitat, wildlife corridors, critical wetland areas, roadless areas

Increasing recreational value of resort by constructing mountain biking, hiking, and snow shoeing trails