Skiing goes green

Skiing Goes Green
Vermont ski resort hailed by the EPA for its "green" snow operation.

KILLINGTON, Ver. (NECN) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency his hailing Vermont’s Killington Resort for its efforts to reduce its environmental impacts.

Some of the attraction’s efforts include a gondola that runs on electricity made by harnessing bio-gas from cows, which cuts greenhouse gases, a refrigerator in the Peak Lodge that takes free cold air from the outdoors to chill food, and a system that recycles toilet water onsite to boost water efficiency.

“We have to learn how to live lighter,” said Curt Spalding, the EPA’s New England regional administrator, noting that Killington’s steps could serve as a lesson to other businesses that reducing environmental footprints is possible.

Killington recently invested more than $2-million in about 400 high efficiency snow guns. The new snow-making technology uses less diesel fuel, burns the fuel more cleanly, and produces more air for the guns, reducing the use of compressors.

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