At Stevens Pass, innovation means continually striving to develop and implement new conservation ideas and strategies. Encouraging creative solutions. Seizing opportunities for research. Supporting new environmental technology. Never saying we’ve done enough. Here’s a few programs we think fit that description.
100% Windpower – See our dedicated Windpower page.
“SkiGreen Carbon Offsets” – Guests can help keep winter cool by purchasing their own SkiGreen carbon offset credits; see our Windpower page.
New Environment & Sustainability Division – Launched in 2007, we have a new division with 2 full-time employees that focus solely on long-range planning, near-term sustainability issues, and the reduction of overall environmental impacts from our resort operations; only a handful of ski areas nationwide have any staff dedicated to these important tasks.
Wastewater Quality – In 2004, the Stevens Pass Sewer District won the Silver Eagle Award for Excellence in Water Conservation at the National Ski Areas Association annual convention. Established in 1993, the Silver Eagle awards program annually recognizes exceptional environmental achievement by North American ski and snowboard facilities. The Stevens Pass Sewer District instituted a $7.5 million program that developed and installed new state-of-the-art technology – called a “membrane bioreactor” (MBR) wastewater system, which produces a high-quality outflow that exceeds all Washington Department of Ecology requirements.
Switching to E-Business Systems – For the 2008-09 season we implemented a massive overhaul of our paper-based sales, ticketing, and rental systems using a cutting-edge electronic tracking system (“RFID”). This means quicker access through the gates for guests, fewer duplicate receipts, and less paperwork across the resort. For example, in our busy rental shop, this move alone reduced paper usage by 66%! In prior years, the amount of triplicate forms used each season would stretch 35 miles if lined up end-to-end. In addition, our lift tickets and discount cards will no longer be single-use paper products, but instead re-loadable, durable plastic versions, useable (even washable!) for years. This system also allows very targeted marketing, which will be conducted mostly by Email, thereby further reducing waste.
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