U.S. Alpine Skiing Championships Go Carbon Neutral for First Time

Carbon Lighthouse is a proud to be working with Squaw Valley ski resort to make the 2013 U.S. Alpine Championships the first carbon neutral profession skiing event in the U.S. The event is the culmination of the professional ski season and brings together the full US Ski Team, including several Olympic athletes such as gold medalists Julia Mancuso and Ted Ligety.

The ski resort has been working with Carbon Lighthouse over the past year to identify and reduce energy waste across both Squaw Valley Ski Resort and Alpine Meadows. Projects are currently underway that will reduce the carbon footprint of the two mountains by over 10%.

For this event, Squaw Valley worked closely with Carbon Lighthouse to determine the carbon footprint of the competition and offset it through the retirement of legally binding carbon allowances. The calculations included athlete and spectator travel, lift operations, course grooming, snowmaking and special events. The total carbon footprint of the event is 273 tons, or the equivalent of 60+ cars driving for one year.

“Our company and the entire Squaw Valley team are committed to being responsible environmental stewards as the mountain and our environment are absolutely central to the Squaw experience,” notes president and CEO Andy Wirth. Guest at the event are being encouraged to follow Squaw’s lead and think about their own environmental impact during their time on the mountain.

“We are extremely proud to be sponsoring such an important event for the ski community while reducing the environmental impact and raising awareness about climate change,” said Emma Bassein, Carbon Lighthouse’s Director of Impact. “This is just one of the many ways that Squaw Valley Ski Resort is leading the way in sustainability and we are pleased to be able to make such a large impact through both this sponsorship and our ongoing energy efficiency work with the mountains.”

The carbon neutral event has gotten a great response from the media, including a radio spot on Sacramento’s Capital Public Radio, an article in Tahoe regional news source, Yubanet.com, among others.

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