Sugarbush Resort Receives Sustainable Slopes Grant From NSAA



John Bleh
Sugarbush Resort

Warren, VT (May 5, 2015) – Sugarbush Resort has been named a recipient of the annual Sustainable Slopes Grant Program, a National Ski Areas Association program aimed at funding sustainability projects and improving snowmaking and climate adaption at U.S. ski areas. The resort received a cash grant for a four-stream waste receptacle to start the implementation of a program to increase its diversion rate for recyclables, food scraps, liquids, and trash. The resort is one of four recipients of the grant, along with Alta Ski Resort (UT), Arapahoe Basin (CO), and Alpine Meadows (CA).

The grant is expected to help the resort meet its goal of reaching a 50% diversion rate (waste kept out of landfills) in three years, and in turn reach its NSAA Climate Challenge goal of reducing its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 5%.

Sugarbush hopes to implement these waste receptacles all around the resort, but will start by focusing on cafeterias and food and beverage outlets – the largest generators of waste.

The receptacles will be labeled with what items can go in each stream, providing clear education to the public. The expected results of the initiative will be lower trash tonnage and associated costs for the resort, higher recycling and compost rates, better educated guests and employees, and a reduction in GHG emissions.