Cypress Mountain Resort
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.
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.
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.
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NSAA CLIMATE CHALLENGE
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
For the fifth year in a row, Cypress Mountain is a Climate Smart Certified Business. Climate Smart is a network of 750+ businesses developing cleaner, more efficient and profitable ways of doing business. The program helps businesses and non-profits learn how to measure and practically reduce their carbon footprints. As a Climate Smart certified business, Cypress Mountain conducted its GHG emissions inventory according to the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard.
The GHG Protocol is an internationally recognized standard published by the World Resources Institute and the World Business Council on Sustainable Development. The GHG Protocol and related documents can be accessed at http://www.ghgprotocol.org/
Each year, Cypress works towards new and innovative efforts in reducing our climate footprint. This year has been no exception, with many new initiatives:
- New anti-idling policies
- High-efficiency lighting on all lifts
- Equipment and building efficiency upgrades
- Installation of EV Charging stations
- Hybrid vehicles in Cypress fleet
- Sourcing of operation needs from local suppliers whenever possible
With these initiatives and many more, we saw only a 1% increase in GHG emissions even with a 47% increase of mountain traffic over the past year.
In partnership with Climate Smart Businesses, we are extremely proud to announce our participation in a Low Carbon Economy Fund initiative, helping to reduce over 1.3 million tonnes of CO2 e. This project is a key initiative to demonstrate our commitment to being an industry leader in environmental stewardship. Cypress Mountain will complete the project by the Spring of 2020, which includes the replacement of over 560 metal halide trail lights for both the Downhill and Nordic facilities.
LED Solution Fast Facts:
- Saving of approximately 1,000,000 Kwh per year
- Reduced Annual energy consumption equivalent of 97 BC Households
- Savings of approximately 19,000,000 kwh over the life cycle of the fixture
- LED fixtures designed to last more than 10 x longer than metal halide
- Reduces glare, resulting in a brighter and more uniformed light across our night operation
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!
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.
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
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.
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.