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.
Net Zero Emissions
Work in Progress
Renewable Energy Commitment
As of January 1, 2021, Boyne Resorts committed to a renewable energy purchase with CMS Enterprises, a CMS Energy subsidiary, that entirely offsets electric energy consumption at its resorts and facilities throughout North America. As a result, the resorts will achieve 100% renewable energy for the 2020/21 winter season by sourcing a global purchase of renewable energy credits.
National Ski Areas Association
Climate Challenge & Sustainable Slopes
Led by National Ski Areas Association, Climate Challenge is a voluntary program dedicated to helping ski areas target and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, engage in advocacy on climate change solutions, and reap other benefits in their operations, such as reducing costs for energy use. Participation requires the endorsement of NSAA’s Sustainable Slopes program, including a prioritized focus on areas such as water, waste, transportation, design and construction, forest health and habitat, and supply chain.
In recent years, we've invested over 4 million dollars into energy-efficient snowmaking equipment, including the Boyne Low-E fan guns, and equipment from HKD Snowmakers. We're replacing our electric motor controls to variable frequency drives, where applicable, to reduce energy consumption, and enhancing our system with automation. Our snowmaking manager is tasked with looking for opportunities to reduce energy consumption with snowmaking, as well as in our other operations.
Recycling & Composting
As a resort, Sunday River participates in single-sort and cardboard recycling, as well as bottle redemption. Where possible, we use recycled content products, such as paper for printers and copiers, and napkins for our base lodge food courts. Additionally, our food and beverage department has switched to Your Green2Go compostable takeout containers and plant starch utensils. Since 2017, Sunday River has sent over 300,000 pounds of compost to the family-owned and operated Pleasant River Farms in Bethel.
Protecting Natural Resources
Have you seen roped off areas in our glades? Our trail maintenance crew has embarked on a project to encourage regrowth of trees in certain glades for long-term forest health by identifying sections with little to no tree cover, and roping off those areas to reduce skier traffic through them. This practice has also helped us come up with more effective ways to create glades in the future based on natural indicators for low tree growth, such as a high fern density in particular forests.
Mahoosuc Way Pledge
Pledge to Embrace Our Place
Sunday River is a founding sustainability partner of the Mahoosuc Way: Pledge to Embrace Our Place. This pledge has been created by a core group of local organizations, together with statewide partners. Together, we are committed to creating a sustainable travel destination and ensuring we preserve local quality of life and community vitality. This pledge is part of our commitment to ensure these lands and ecosystems are able to be enjoyed for generations to come.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
For those of you that love Sunday River as much as we do and want to do your part, the following efforts would be incredibly helpful and appreciated.
- Consider carpooling for your next trip to the mountains. If you have an electric vehicle, we also have Telsa charging stations in Lot 3 (at South Ridge Lodge).
- Bring or purchase a reusable container for coffee and water to use in the base lodges.
- Keep all of your reservation and purchase confirmation documents on your phone to cut down on paper use.
- Use the proper receptacles when disposing of food and recyclables.
- Use your towels more than once if staying in our hotels.
- Stay out of roped-off sections of terrain in the glades to promote forest health.
- Offset your trip with Tradewater.