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.
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
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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Heidi Wueste is the sustainability coordinator here at Sugarloaf. She has lived and worked in the area since 2015 and is passionate in supporting Sugarloaf and the local community in its commitment to creating a better tomorrow. Heidi explored the great State of Maine during her time at University of Southern Maine and while interning with the Maine Conservation Corps. Following her love for skiing, it was an easy decision to settle at Sugarloaf where she found one of the best natural playgrounds one could dream of and a unique community of people to be a part of. Heidi is excited to combine her education and experience to help protect the future of outdoor recreation in the Sugarloaf area and the ski industry as a whole. When Heidi isn’t working, you can find her exploring local trails and waterways with her dogs, playing with plants in her garden, or riding the chairlift where you can tell her where the best snow is.
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Sugarloaf recently received two grants from Efficiency Maine, totaling $198,000.
For the first time, we're publishing a comprehensive Sustainability Report. Read it here.
Sugarloaf is proud to say we are joining forces with Protect our Winters to combat climate change.