Ways You Can Help
POW - Sugarbush is proud to be one of POW’s (Protect Our Winters) main partners, and they have a ton of ways to help with climate change on their website. Visit their Take Action page to educate yourself, see how your personal habits and routines impact the climate, identify the best ways that you can get involved, and even become a climate advocate!
Did you know that shopping could help fight Climate Change too? That’s right, you can do your Amazon shopping while contributing a percentage of your purchases to POW! Doesn’t get much easier than that.
Green Your Transportation – Green Mountain Transit provides free winter public transportation between Sugarbush’s two mountains and throughout the Mad River Valley. When you can’t take the bus, carpooling with coworkers and friends is always a good option! If you find yourself in the market, consider making your next car an electric vehicle and plug in at one of Sugarbush’s free charging stations. Any of these options help to lower CO2 emissions!
Compost and Recycle – Separating food scraps and recyclable items reduces the amount of garbage that is being taken to landfills. Act 148, Vermont’s Universal Recycling Law, requires Vermont residents to separate all recyclables -aluminum cans, plastics, paper, etc. – from the regular trash and was implemented back in 2015. Starting July 1st, 2020, the food scrap mandate takes effect, which means all Vermonters must keep food scraps out of the trashcan and instead put into a compost bin. Residents can do their own backyard composting or have it picked up by their waste hauler. Once this law is fully implemented, it is expected to double Vermont’s composting and recycling rates, making it one of the greenest states in the country.
Grab a Reusable Water Bottle – The Sugarbush Utilities department, a dedicated group of certified system operators, work hard 24/7/365 to bring resort guests and employees clean, safe drinking water. We can all feel comfortable refilling our reusable bottles at numerous fill station around the resort to reduce the environmental impacts of bottles water. 17,000,000 barrels of oil are used for plastic water bottles in the US every year.
Save Energy and Support Renewables – Turn the lights off when you leave a room, make the switch to LED light bulbs, unplug device chargers when not in use, use smart power strips, purchase energy efficient appliances, and the list goes on. Consider renewable energy options for your home like solar power or wood heat or very efficient heating sources like heat pumps for water and space heating/cooling. Any of these actions can save you money by lowering your energy bills, save resources and protect the environment.
Plant and Protect the Trees – Intact forests provide many environmental benefits and functions, including timber, food, fuel and bioproducts; ecological functions such as carbon storage, nutrient cycling, water and air purification, and maintenance of wildlife habitat; social and cultural benefits such as recreation, traditional resource uses and spirituality. Learn more at the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation website. One acre of healthy forest can mitigate annual carbon emissions from 62 cars!
To learn more and to discover different ways you can help fight climate change in Vermont, check out the State of Vermont’s Climate Change in Vermont.