It’s easy to be green in Park City
Park City’s three resorts and all of the surrounding lodges and retailers plan to be running full throttle over the Presidents’ Day holiday. A lot of the fuel for that engine, however, will be green.
From the ski resorts’ Sustainable Slopes efforts to the city’s multiple energy conservation programs, visitors will have lots of opportunities to express their environmentalism even though they are on vacation.
Skiers at Park City Mountain Resort, for instance, may not be aware that 14 percent of the resort’s power is purchased from renewable sources. As an active participant in Rocky Mountain Power’s Blue Sky program, PCMR pays more for its electricity but takes pride in knowing that its investment is helping to significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
Deer Valley also buys blocks of Blue Sky power and has an aggressive recycling program. When possible Deer Valley’s restaurants all use real, rather than disposable, tableware which cuts down on waste.
The Canyons, which also invests in the alternative power program and emphasizes recycling has taken their efforts even further. Over the last few years The Canyons has switched its grooming machines over to biodiesel fuel.
Park City Municipal fuels its entire fleet, including its free bus system with biodeisel fuel so it not only burns more efficient fuel it also help keep extra cars off the road.
Countywide, local residents recycle with the help of a very progressive recycling center and that means that environmentally-conscious visitors can continue their reduce-and-reuse practices from home.
Recycle Utah, located at 1951 Woodbine Way, accepts almost everything and is an excellent source of information for those who want to encourage their own communities to expand their recycling programs.
The week ahead is going to be busy, but even so, we encourage employers, employees and all of the city’s guests to take an extra moment to consider the environment. The global message is clear: It is up to all of us to preserve Park City’s beautiful natural surroundings.
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