Just in from the NSAA National Convention in Carlsbad, CA:
CLIF® BAR, the leading organic-certified energy bar, has honored Whistler Blackcomb with the 2010 Golden Eagle Award for Overall Environmental Excellence by a ski resort, marking the third time the Whistler, B.C., resort has received the ski industry’s highest environmental honor.
Whistler recently opened a hydroelectric facility on its property that will generate enough energy—33 gigawatt hours of hydro-electricity—to match its total annual energy consumption. That’s more gigawatt’s than Marty McFly needed to be sent home from 1955! The hydro facility, seven years in the development, is a partnership of Innergex Renewable Energy Inc., Ledcor Power Group and Whistler Blackcomb.
Richard Balazs, the sports marketing experience manager for Cliff Bar & Company said, “Climate change presents a major and imminent challenge to everyone who enjoys the outdoors, especially when snow and winter activities are involved. We’re proud to support the ski industry’s efforts to address global warming and hope the Golden Eagle Awards will inspire others to take action as well.”
Established in 1993, the Golden Eagle Awards for Environmental Excellence recognize the environmental achievements of ski areas. The awards honor members of the NSAA, which represents the majority of ski area owners and operators in North America. Clif Bar & Company, which employs wind energy, biodiesel, waste reduction and other initiatives to reduce its own footprint on the planet, is the administrator of the awards program.
Below are this years full list of winners. Congratulations to all of the ski resorts for your green efforts!
Golden Eagle, Overall Environmental Excellence: Whistler Blackcomb (British Columbia)
Silver Eagle, Excellence in Water Conservation / Water Quality: Mammoth Mountain Ski Area (California)
Finalists: Homewood (California), Northstar-at-Tahoe (California)
Silver Eagle, Excellence in Energy Conservation/Clean Energy: Bolton Valley (Vermont)
Finalists: Killington (Vermont), Whistler Blackcomb (BC, Canada)
Silver Eagle, Excellence in Fish and Wildlife Habitat Protection: Durango Mountain Resort (Colorado)
Finalists: Mammoth (California), Vail Resorts (Colorado)
Silver Eagle, Excellence in Environmental Education: Sierra-at-Tahoe® Resort (California)
Finalists: Telluride (Colorado), Whistler Blackcomb (BC, Canada)
Silver Eagle, Excellence in Stakeholder Relations: Vail Resorts (Colorado) (Colorado)
Finalists: Whistler Blackcomb (BC, Canada), Winter Park (Colorado)
Silver Eagle, Excellence in Waste Reduction and Recycling: Steamboat (Colorado)
Finalists: Crested Butte (Colorado), Grand Targhee (Wyoming)
(Judges for this year’s awards include: Michael Berry, NSAA president; John Steelman, Natural Resources Defense Council; Richard Cook, International Mountain Bicycling Association; Judy Dorsey, Brendle Group; Elysa Hammond, Clif Bar & Company; Loren Kroenke, USDA – Forest Service; Greg Owsley, New Belgium Brewing Company.