Green Power Partnership
|Stevens Pass Mountain Resort|
|Percentage Green Power||100.0%|
|Purchasing Third-Party Certified Green Power Product?||Yes|
|Environmental Web Page|
Stevens Pass Mountain Resort (SPMR) is a day-use ski and snowboard resort located 80 miles northeast of Seattle, Washington, with 400,000 visits annually and winter staff of 900; summer operations include a lift-served mountain bike terrain park. Stevens Pass has committed to a multi-year contract with a non-profit renewable energy certificate provider that offsets its annual electricity and propane use, and invests that money solely into the development of clean, renewable, and sustainable wind power from across the West. Stevens Pass believes that combating the effects of global warming is critical for the future of entire ski and snowboard industry and seeks to lead by example in that arena, governed by their environmental plan. The program has led to customer appreciation for making a difference, notable industry awards, frequent media coverage, and has served as a good tool to educate guests on sustainability issues. Stevens Pass offers customers the option to purchase their own energy credits for $2 a visit, serving to offset their vehicle travel up to the resort. The company benefits significantly from the marketing differentiation that this business choice has provided, and the visibility gained from leading the Pacific Northwest ski and snowboard resort industry in sustainability driven by global warming concerns. "Purchasing renewable energy from sustainable wind-power sources allows our business to directly address the impacts of global warming and a shrinking snowpack. We can't afford not to take this seriously," says Ross Freeman, Environment & Sustainability Manager.