Stevens Pass Mountain Resort recognized for exemplary environmental performance
For second year running, resort earns Top Ten slot in national survey.
Leavenworth, WA – (Feb 22, 2013) The Ski Area Citizens' Coalition (SACC) released its annual Report Card this Monday and ranked Stevens Pass as the second greenest ski resort in the country. Furthermore, the Resort earned the highest score in the entire Pacific Northwest, and beat the nearest Washington competitor by 10 percentage points.
For the past decade, the independent Coalition has rated over 80 Western ski areas on their environmental performance, with the intent of publicizing bad practices while encouraging the public to patronize the higher-ranking resorts.
Scoring criteria include topics such as protection of sensitive land, water conservation, recycling and compost programs, energy efficiency, actions to address global climate change, and general commitment to greening up mountain operations. Each summer Stevens Pass must submit an extensive survey on the past year's environmental actions, while additional data is gathered from public records.
"We were thrilled to earn the number eight slot in last year's Report Card, and are tremendously pleased to catapult to the number two slot this year," said Ross Freeman, Environment & Sustainability Manager for Stevens Pass.
"We are always looking for ways to reduce our impacts, save money through efficiency, and do the right thing for the mountain environment for years to come," said Freeman. "This A-grade is good news for us and great for our guests." Stevens Pass is one of the few resorts nationwide with full-time environmental staff.
Among the notable Stevens Pass sustainability achievements are: a one hundred percent carbon offset of all electricity and propane used via non-polluting wind power; the installation of the first electric car chargers at a mountain pass anywhere in the country; and an extensive composting program at most restaurant venues that captures 18,000pounds of food-waste per month.
About Stevens Pass Mountain Resort
Now celebrating its 75th year of operation, Stevens Pass is located 78 miles east of Seattle on the crest of the Cascade Mountain Range. Stevens averages 450 inches of snow annually, covering 1,125 acres of skiable terrain – including 37 major runs and numerous bowls, glades and faces. The ski resort has a variety of terrain for every age and skill level. Stevens now offers a mountain bike park for summer recreation opportunities. Normal winter operations run from early December to mid-April. Summer operations run from early July to the end of September.