Its a Green Start to Spring at Sugarbush


Warren, VT (May 6, 2009)- While this latest stretch of warmer days has caused the surrounding mountainsides to turn green, employees at Sugarbush began their ‘greening’ efforts weeks ago. On April 18th, Sugarbush participated in Small Dog Electronics’ eWaste recycling event. It was the second year in a row the resort has participated in the initiative, which Small Dog began back in 2007. This year’s event was held in the main parking lot of South Burlington High School.

Sugarbush provided five volunteers to work the event as well as event sponsorship. The resort collected 1,000 pounds of e-waste to provide for proper disposal and recycling. Small Dog estimated 150 tons of e-waste was brought for recycling.

The Small Dog event was just the beginning however.

From April 27th to May 1st, Sugarbush held its annual Resort Green Up initiative. The close-to-10-year-old event is held every year the week before Vermont Green Up Day, concluding on the day of the statewide effort. The week-long project focuses on what the Sugarbush Green Team calls the 'greater resort area'—all resort buildings and base areas as well as the Sugarbush Access Road from the Lincoln Peak base area down to Rt. 100 in Warren, the Mt. Ellen Access Road down to German Flats Road in Fayston, all of German Flats Road, along with the Golf Course Road/Inferno Road loop.

Numbers are still being tallied, but the preliminary results are: 39 Sugarbush employees hit the greater resort roads collecting 89 bags of garbage while spending approximately 78 people hours between April 27th and May 1st greening-up.

Sugarbush partnered with the Friends of the Mad River on Vermont Green Up Day, May 2nd. The resort provided two pick-up trucks with drivers to haul trash and materials found in the river to the transfer station. Approximately nine Sugarbush volunteers participated in the river clean-up effort and Friends of the Mad River collected about 20 bags of garbage, one rotten old recliner and approximately 200 pounds of scrap metal and other large material. Sugarbush also recycled the equivalent of 160 tires as a part of Vermont Green Up Day.