Outdoor recreation thrives on the beauty of pristine surroundings. Balancing recreation and environmental conservation is one of our most challenging tasks. It is also one of our most important. As a permit holder on the Deschutes National Forest we are devoted to preserving the quality of our environment.
Mt. Bachelor has been at the forefront of the environmental movement within the ski industry. Over the past decade we have developed a strong environmental presence that has brought us to a leading position within the industry.
We must be vigilant and forward thinking about the issues of solid waste, transportation, resource conservation and environmental impressions. Our work is ongoing with enhanced efforts this year.
A majority of the buildings at Mt. Bachelor now have LEDs, or light emitting diodes, are a technology that allows for extremely energy efficient and extremely long-lasting light bulbs. LEDs are just starting to hit the consumer market in a big (read affordable) way and still cost quite a bit more than even CFLs, but use even less energy and last even longer. An LED light bulb can reduce energy consumption by 80-90% and last around 100,000 hours. Pine Marten Lift is almost 100% LED.
Mt. Bachelor's parent company, Powdr Corporation, purchased 80 million kilo-watt hours of wind power in 2013 which makes Powdr the second-largest purchase of renewable energy among the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) partners in the recreation category and ranks 21st among all corporations in the USA that purchase 100% renewable energy.
Mt Bachelor offsets 100% of its electrical use with Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) from wind power. Since 2005, Mt. Bachelor has purchased 45,182,395 kWh of wind energy. These RECs have offset the carbon footprint of the resort by 27,316 tons.
During the 2013-2014 fiscal year, Mt. Bachelor reduced its carbon footprint by over 40%. Since 2005, Powdr Corp. has purchased over 406 million kWh of wind energy. The purchase of wind power combined with other energy-saving measures has reduced the carbon footprint of Powdr-owned resorts by 243,000 tons:
- Equivalent to not consuming 513,456 barrels of oil
- Equivalent to not burning 24,843,713 gallons of gasoline
- Equivalent to no driving 525,681,134 miles in an average car.
In the fall of 2013, Mt. Bachelor installed solar panels on the Nordic Lodge. These solar panels to date have generated 1.65 mWh, which offsets the entire electricity usage in the Nordic Lodge. With the amount of solar power generated annually, Mt. Bachelor believes the Nordic Lodge will be powered exclusively by solar during the 2015-2016 season.
Recycling and reducing our carbon footprint
On-mountain recycling by employees and guests has diverted 49 tons of garbage from area landfills. Mt. Bachelor recycles paper, plastic, cans, and glass with recycling containers on decks, food and beverage locations and in our parking lots.
- Use of partially recycled paper products in all restrooms
- Recycling containers in F&B locations
- Use of non-petroleum based cleaners for housekeeping
- Use of wax-free recycled paper for insulated cups in F&B locations
- Reuse of existing signs and sign materials
- Use of "Green" cleaning agents for vehicles
- Retrofit of lighting to low power devices as lights are replaced
- Remodel of kitchen facilities to allow for china service
- F&B requires suppliers to supply company environmental policies as part of bid
- Use of bulk container food items for kids ski school lunches
- Bulk cardboard recycling at retail from supplier packaging
- Distribution of job applications via email instead of paper
no idling program
A professor at Dartmouth’s Thayer College of Engineering found that for every hour spent idling, a vehicle discharges 9.7 pounds of carbon emissions (diesel engines emit 19 pounds). Multiply that by 15 or 20 cars, buses and SUV’s in the drop-off area of most ski resorts and the carbon emissions add up!
Mt Bachelor instilled a No Idling program in December 2007 to reduce pollution, decrease health risks, save engine wear, and conserve fuel and money. Further consideration for this program was inspired by children, as the drop-off area is frequented by kids who are at higher risk as they inhale more air per body weight.
Mt. Bachelor and Cascades East Transit (CET) have partnered to connect Mt. Bachelor with bus service throughout Central Oregon. This service has reduced more than seven million pounds of greenhouse gases annually by decreasing the number of cars going to and from the resort. Mt. Bachelor Shuttles have diverted 1.7 million employee and guest vehicle miles annually from the road last season.
Green Power Leadership Award
The annual awards recognize the country’s leading green power purchasers for their commitment and contribution to advancing the development of the nation’s voluntary green power market.
EPA presented Powdr Corp with the award at an event held in conjunction with the 2008 National Renewable Energy Marketing Conference in Denver, Colorado in October 2008.
NSAA Climate Challenge
Mt. Bachelor and the other Powdr Corp. resorts have joined NSAA's Climate Challenge. The NSAA Climate Challenge is engaging ski areas across the country to take action and fight climate change. The Challenge will not only result in measurable, quantifiable results and benefits, it will also help participating ski areas make tangible progress each year to fight climate change while reducing utility bills and will convey results for the benefit of skiers and riders, ski areas, resort communities, and our planet.
Through the Challenge, Mt. Bachelor will continually set goals and measure the success of the goals each season to ensure we are honoring our commitments we have made. As members of the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) we support Sustainable Slopes, the Environmental Charter of ski areas. According to the NSAA Environmental Mission Statement, "Ski areas across North America provide a quality outdoor recreation experience in a manner that complements the natural and aesthetic qualities that draw all of us to the mountains. We cherish the outdoors and respect the alpine environment in which we live and work. We are committed to improving environmental performance in all aspects of our operations and managing our areas to allow for their continued enjoyment by future generations."
Protect Your Playground
We must work together to protect our playgrounds and keep them around for generations to come. Mt. Bachelor, together with Powdr Resorts, is now fueling your vision with the tools and resources to bring it to life with a grant program called Protect Your Playground.