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We are committed to a goal of reducing carbon emissions to net zero by 2030!

Cypress Mountain Resort

  • Cypress mountain aims to be a local leader in environmental stewardship. We acknowledge the ecological importance of the land our resort sits upon, and we hope to maintain its integrity for future generations to enjoy for many years to come.
    Resting on British Columbia Provincial Park land, Cypress maintains an active participation in stewardship with BC Parks to keep our parks clean and available for recreational use. Cypress has also put into place many different initiatives to ensure a more sustainable mountain resort.
OUR SUSTAINABILITY EFFORT

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

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MINDFUL EFFICIENCY

Create and maintain a culture of reduction: energy use, waste output, water impact; balanced with maximized utilization of our human, technological, natural, and financial resources.

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TIRELESS CONSERVATION

Protect the natural environment unwaveringly, ensuring proper use for purposes related to outdoor recreation, and preserving or rehabilitating the land over which we are stewards.

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INNOVATIVE COLLABORATION

Support and reward outreach and partnerships that extend beyond all traditional boundaries, providing deeply valuable impact among our team members, and in our communities, industry, and environment for the long term.

OUR APPROACH

NET ZERO EMISSIONS

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    COLLABORATE WITH LOCAL/REGIONAL UTILITIES SUPPLIERS TO IDENTIFY AND ACT UPON OPPORTUNITIES OF EVERY SCALE TO REDUCE ENERGY AND FUEL USE
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    ENGAGE EXPERTS AND INDUSTRY PARTNERS TO HELP CHART A PATH TOWARD A FUTURE OF SUSTAINABLE OPERATIONS
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    FULLY IMMERSE NET ZERO INTENTIONS, TACTICS, AND TARGETS INTO THE COMPANY’S CULTURE
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    THOROUGHLY AND CONTINUOUSLY EDUCATE TEAM MEMBERS ON THE PURPOSE AND SPECIFIC PLANS, THE NECESSITY OF THEIR SUPPORT INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF THE WORKPLACE, AND THE VALUE OF THEIR INPUT AND IDEAS
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    PURCHASE OF RENEWABLE ENERGY WHERE AVAILABLE AND PARTICIPATION WITH LOCAL/REGIONAL GOVERNMENT TO INCREASE THE AMOUNT AVAILABLE IN EACH RESORT COMMUNITY
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    FURTHER REDUCE ELECTRICITY USE THROUGH FOCUSED AND ONGOING REVISION OF RESORT OPERATIONS PRACTICES IN AREAS SUCH AS SNOWMAKING, SNOW GROOMING, AND TURF MAINTENANCE
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    CONTINUED ENHANCEMENT OF LOW-ENERGY AND PROPRIETARY SNOWMAKING EQUIPMENT
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    PURCHASE OF ONLY THE MOST ENERGY EFFICIENT EQUIPMENT, SYSTEMS, AND TECHNOLOGY AT ALL LEVELS OF THE OPERATION; UPGRADING AS POSSIBLE
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    UTILIZE GREEN BUILDING GUIDELINES FOR DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF FACILITY AND REAL ESTATE PROJECTS
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    REDUCE DEPENDENCE ON NATURAL GAS
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    FORMALIZE THE COMPANY’S HISTORICAL COMMITMENT TO PLANTING TREES AS A MEANS OF OFFSETTING ENERGY USE

Offset Your Trip

Offset your trip to Cypress Mountain with our partner Tradewater

Targeting and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions

NSAA CLIMATE CHALLENGE

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Led by National Ski Areas Association (NSAA), Climate Challenge is a voluntary program dedicated to helping participating ski areas target and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, engage in advocacy on climate change solutions, and reap other benefits in their operations, such as reducing costs for energy use.

All Boyne's Resort benefits include access to formal training and tools to conduct a GHG inventory and identify opportunities for reductions and savings, and the ability to benchmark operations against others. Participation requires endorsement of NSAA’s Sustainable Slopes program including a pledge to the following, as well as prioritized focus on areas such as water, waste, transportation, design and construction, forest health and habitat, and supply chain:

  • Incorporate sustainability into all aspects of our resorts

  • Lead by example, and educate employees and guests about sustainability

  • Place collaboration over competition when it comes to sustainability

  • Advocate for climate protection

Climate Smart Certified Business

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For the ninth year in a row, Cypress Mountain is a Climate Smart Certified Business. Climate Smart, a Radicle Group Company, is an award-winning certified B Corp that has developed a practical and solutions-based program for SMEs to profitably track and reduce GHG emissions. Climate Smart emphasizes the business case for GHG reduction: operational efficiencies, cost savings, and competitive advantage.

Cypress Mountain measured its 9th greenhouse gas inventory with Climate Smart for the 2021 fiscal year (May 1, 2020 to April 30, 2021) and recorded emissions of 1,188.05 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO₂e).

Overall, Cypress’s emissions decreased by 19% (282.17 tCO₂e) since their baseline year (2012), with the majority of the reductions occurring in staff commuting and air travel. Cypress is Climate Smart certified for 2019.

To date, Cypress has worked to minimize their emissions by focusing on strategies aimed at electricity, heating, transportation, paper use, waste and staff engagement.

Our Carbon Footprint:

  • Compared to their 2012 baseline, Cypress have reduced their emissions by: 19%
  • Cypress Mountain is working to reduce their GHG emissions from: Transportation Heat & Staff Engagement
  • Cypress’s reductions against their baseline are equivalent to 60 fewer passenger cars driven for a year
  • Total emissions: 1188 tCO₂e
Comprehensive waste distribution and recycling programs

Waste & Recycling Initiatives

Cypress boasts one of the most comprehensive waste distribution and recycling programs of mountain resorts in BC. We recycle 27 special product types from regular blue box items to batteries, soft plastics, Styrofoam, and even our kitchen oil! In the 2020/21 Winter season we saved a total of 11,000 plastic bottles with our new water bottle refill station located in the Cypress Creek Lodge!

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Cypress Mountain has been a leader in moving from disposable to compostable products. Eco Products "Greenstripe" disposables are made from renewable plant materials obtained from sugar cane and corn and are BPI certified compostable and compliant with all testing requirements. All of Cypress's takeaway containers, cups, cutlery, etc. are made of these compostable materials, saving hundreds of thousands of pieces of landfill waste every season. 

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NorthWest Organics is a locally owned and operated company that has the most advanced, environmentally sound organics composting facility in North America. Cypress is proud partner with NorthWest Organics who processes our compostable waste into utilizable organic Class A Compost. 

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations & Priority Parking

Electric Car Charging

Our mountain supports guest's environmental efforts as well! We give priority parking to those on the mountain driving electric vehicles through our six charging stations located at Cypress Creek Lodge, Black Mountain Lodge and one in the Nordic area. For Cypress Mountain and Boyne Resorts, the bolstering of electric vehicle use is an obvious part of environmental responsibility as it reduces carbon emissions by at least one-third (and up to 85% for vehicles manufactured in plants running on Hydro power). By supporting those who make more environmentally-friendly choices in their day-to-day life, we protect our mountains for future generations to come. We hope all of our children get to enjoy this beautiful place as much as we do now. 

Our Pledge

Cypress Mountain notes its pledge to environmental sustainability must be balanced with maintaining economical sustainability and regards the balance as foundational in all planning. Understanding the dire need to place greater focus on reducing its carbon footprint, Cypress Mountains plans and execution will continue to evolve and also include sustainable practices related to waste reduction, reuse of materials, and limiting impact to the treasured land, habitats, and natural resources at its resort playgrounds.

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