Kirkwood, CA, December 23rd, 2011…..The Ski Area Citizen’s Coalition (SACC) released earlier this week the yearly Ski Area Environmental scorecard for 2011 placing Kirkwood Mountain Resort among the top of class with an overall “A” rating and a score of 80.1%. On a yearly basis, the Coalition releases their scorecards grading ski resorts nationwide on the environmental impact from operations. Scores are based on strict criteria including: preserving land, renewable energy usage, community sustainability and more. A full description of methodology can be found at www.skiareaciticzens.com.
“It’s great to be recognized for our environmental efforts by the SACC,” says Mike Richter, the Director of Environmental Affairs at Kirkwood Mountain Resort. “Environmental stewardship and minimizing our impact on the environment has been an area of focus for Kirkwood over the past 5 years and our efforts are having a positive impact,” continues Richter. A prime example of a program that Kirkwood has undertaken since 2006 is Kirkwood’s operational philosophy focused on conservation programs that have resulted in cutting the resorts water and energy usage by nearly 50%. Other notable initiatives that Kirkwood have taken over the past few years includes a very successful employee and guest car-pooling and ride share program, as well as being a leader in supporting environmental organizations that protect the environment such as the National Forest Foundation and Bonneville Green Tag program in which Kirkwood is one of North America’s top contributors.