(file photo: Mammoth Mountain)

California Ski Industry Advances Sustainability Efforts

Petaluma, CA – On Tuesday, the California Ski Industry Association (CSIA) published its first Sustainability Report detailing years of innovative action and substantial investments to preserve and protect the environment.

In an effort to highlight that more efforts are needed to affect positive change, CSIA also annnounced – on the 10-year anniversary of California’s historic climate change legislation – its “Ski Green” campaign to empower guests with simple steps they can take to reduce their carbon footprint, reduce waste, and join the effort to address climate change.

“For many years, ski resorts have methodically made significant changes in their operations and made important investments designed to create a more sustainable operation and to protect the environment,” said Michael Reitzell, CSIA president. “It is now time to highlight these cumulative improvements, and commit to more in the future.”

“The ski industry was among the first groups to embrace and support our efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in California,” said state Senator Fran Pavley, who has authored and co-authored climate legislation. “I want to thank the ski industry for stepping up to the plate and taking proactive measures. We need long ski seasons with plenty of snowpack in California. It’s good for the economy and for preserving some of the most majestic places in our state – our mountains.”

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(file photo: Mammoth Mountain)
(file photo: Mammoth Mountain)

The natural environment is the heart of the ski industry. On the 10-year anniversary of the “California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006” (AB 32), the CSIA Sustainability Report highlights the combined achievements of CSIA’s members in carbon footprint reduction, effective water management, land protection, environmentally friendly transportation and vehicle use, efficient facilities and operations, recycling and waste reduction and more.

Ensuring skiers and others join in the ski industry’s ongoing commitment to protect the environment, CSIA will launch this ski season the “Ski Green” campaign. The effort will include a Ski Green logo displayed at resorts and offer simple tips that skiers, snowboarders and others can take to reduce their carbon footprint.

“Being good stewards of the environment is a collaborative effort. We look forward to the public joining us in our sustainability efforts,” Reitzell said. “We cannot do this alone.”

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