Our Commitment to Net Zero Emissions and Building a Sustainable Tomorrow
Boyne Resorts recognizes human-driven climate change as an urgent issue for the world, as well as for the snowsports industry. In early 2021, we formalized commitments to climate action and announced our ForeverProject. ForeverProject is an initiative to attain a sustainable tomorrow through collaboration, by positively affecting the lasting impact our resorts, team members, and guests have on the planet. Sugarloaf is committed to sustainability, and we're working hard to reduce our environmental impact at every level of resort operations.
- Power all operations with 100% clean electricity
- Reduce dependence on carbon-based fuels in existing buildings through energy efficiency upgrades and electrification
- Develop and implement high-efficiency green building standards for design and construction of new facility and real estate projects
- Upgrade our lift networks, installing the most technologically advanced lifts, and enhancing the energy efficiency of lift houses
- Install low-energy equipment while expanding snowmaking
- Add on-site renewable energy generation projects
- Monitor emerging technologies to identify opportunities to maximize efficiency and electrification of fleet vehicles and equipment
- Seek partnerships with local and/or meaningful programs to sequester carbon
- Expand composting- Sugarloaf currently collects food scraps from local restaurants and businesses that are composted on-site
- Enhance recycling -Sugarloaf has enhanced recycling through improved signage and educational training for community members and the recent addition of a community recycling center Fall 2022. While also recycling other waste products such as engine and hydraulic oil in the garage
- Partner with local and non-profit organizations to donate/repurpose items, from uniforms to equipment and technology
- Participate in community environmental clean-ups in the spring months when the snow melts
- Conserve water through efficiency upgrades and utilize recycled water where possible. Sugarloaf Hotel utilizes an ozone laundry system to cut back on water usage, eliminate, and reduce chemical waste. Sugarloaf also uses Snowfluent technology which utilizes the natural purifying properties of the freezing process to remove impurities and toxins from the area's water
- Educate team members on the purpose of specific plans and encourage their input and ideas, incorporating the ForeverProject into annual staff training
- Be a leader in the community, educating guests about sustainability and welcoming their participation in initiatives
- Advocate at local, regional, and national levels for policies that promote climate solutions
- Invest in Team Member housing to address local housing shortages - Sugarloaf Acquired the Herbert Hotel in the 2022 season which introduced 45 additional employee beds
- Encourage and provide options to team members to utilize sustainable modes of transportation, increasing the availability and accessibility of carpool vans and shuttles
- Promote carpooling and sustainable transportation options to and from our properties. Sugarloaf recognizes the economic and environmental impact of commuting to work in a rural setting. To help employees get to work in a safer and more sustainable manner, Sugarloaf has provided an employee shuttle from Madison to the mountain; in addition, we’ve partnered with Western Maine Transit to provide transportation from Farmington to Sugarloaf.
- Collaborate with local and regional non-profits, government agencies, schools and community organizations. Through the Sugarloaf Charitable Trust, millions of dollars have been dedicated to the fight against cancer, the youth of Maine, and regional Carrabassett programs. The funds donated to these groups and programs help build a robust regional culture of community support and engagement. Sugarloaf also strives to work with local schools and non-profits to donate used gear and equipment.
Create and maintain a culture of reduction: energy use, waste output, water impact; balanced with maximized utilization of our human, technological, natural, and financial resources.
Protect the natural environment unwaveringly, ensuring proper use for purposes related to outdoor recreation, and preserving or rehabilitating the land over which we are stewards.
Support and reward outreach and partnerships that extend beyond all traditional boundaries, providing deeply valuable impact among our team members, and in our communities, industry, and environment for the long term.
NET ZERO EMISSIONS
Boyne Resorts’ operations throughout North America will achieve 100% renewable energy for the 2020/21 Winter season and will maintain a commitment to clean power into the future.
- By sourcing a global purchase of renewable energy credits (RECs), all resorts and city facilities will reach 100% clean power
- Early 2021 installation of a large-scale solar array at Boyne Mountain Resort in Michigan will serve as a pilot for installation projects to take place at multiple locations in the resort network
- Strengthening relationships with suppliers committed to renewable energy becomes a priority along with guiding the outlying suppliers to develop and execute timely plans for use of clean power
NSAA Climate Challenge
Led by National Ski Areas Association (NSAA), Climate Challenge is a voluntary program dedicated to helping participating ski areas target and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, engage in advocacy on climate change solutions, and reap other benefits in their operations, such as reducing costs for energy use. As a member, Sugarloaf has access to formal training and tools to conduct a GHG inventory and identify opportunities for reductions and savings, and the ability to benchmark operations against others.
Participation requires endorsement of NSAA’s Sustainable Slopes program including a pledge to the following, as well as prioritized focus on areas such as water, waste, transportation, design and construction, forest health and habitat, and supply chain:
Incorporate sustainability into all aspects of our resorts
Lead by example, and educate employees and guests about sustainability
Place collaboration over competition when it comes to sustainability
- Advocate for climate protection
Offset Your Trip
We invite our guests to play an active role in minimizing their carbon footprint - offset your trip to Sugarloaf with our partner Tradewater.
Making a Difference
Sugarloaf is more than a place, it's a community, made up of generations of 'Loafers' who have found their place here in the mountains. The riders, skiers, and employees that return here year after year are the reason Sugarloaf is so ingrained in the community, and as a community, we have the power to make a difference: we can commit to caring for those who make our success possible.
Sugarloaf relies on cold winters, snowfall, and stable weather patterns; without these essential elements, our winters will become shorter, snowfall will decrease, and skiing as we know (and love) it will fundamentally change forever. Through various acts of advocacy, Sugarloaf is able to leverage its platform to help educate the public on climate change, ensure that the government is considering climate change throughout their policy decisions, and help take the industry in a new direction.
Sugarloaf has a rich history of environmental stewardship and recognizes that now is the time to dedicate our resources to dictate the outcome of climate change. All departments are engaged in our sustainability efforts in order to ensure we are fully integrating environmental awareness into our daily operations. In the coming years, these efforts will be expanded upon to help us reach our goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2030.
Sugarloaf offers on-site recycling at the recycling center behind the Snowbrook PO boxes. This is a single sort station open 24 hours 7 days a week. In order to keep Sugarloaf clean, we ask you to follow the signage to recycle properly.
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Bea Johnson is Sugarloaf’s Sustainability Coordinator. Growing up in Coastal Maine, Bea always had a love for the outdoors and the environment. Bea is incredibly excited to be creating a more sustainable future for Sugarloaf as she has grown up skiing the slopes of Sugarloaf since day one. Leading up to Bea’s time at the Loaf she worked in sustainable aquaculture growth along the coast of Maine, she also spent time researching many sustainability projects including carbon mitigation at a Portland brewery, and community advocacy work to close the out-of-state waste loophole (LD 1639). She previously worked in the ski business in both retail and ski instructor positions. Bea is stoked to combine her love for the environment with skiing in this position, and plans on bringing the community together to achieve a common sustainability goal that will keep the snow on the mountain for many years to come! When Bea isn’t working you can find her sailing in Pemaquid Maine, mountain biking with her two biker puppies, or skiing.
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Climate Collaborative Charter
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Sugarloaf 2020 Sustainability Report
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