Our Commitment to Net Zero Emissions and Building a Sustainable Tomorrow
Boyne Resorts recognizes human-driven climate change as an urgent issue for the world, as well as for the snowsports industry. In early 2021, we formalized commitments to climate action and announced our ForeverProject.
ForeverProject is an initiative to attain a sustainable tomorrow through collaboration, by positively affecting the lasting impact our resorts, team members, and guests have on the planet. 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.
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.
EXPLORE OUR EFFORTS
1984 - 2012 - Multiple recycling streams / BC Parks standards.
2012 - Joined Climate Smart and began tracking out Green House Gas emissions.
2013 - Implemented No Idle Policy along with the District of West Vancouver.
2014 - Introduced Composting program and removed many single use items.
2015 - Installed Electric Vehicle Charging stations in the downhill area.
2016 - Offered free shuttle bus for all staff to reduce vehicle trips up the mountain.
2019/20 - Retrofit all trail lighting with LED fixtures reducing electrical consumption.
2020 - Boyne Resorts joined NSAA Sustainable Slopes Climate Challenge.
2021 - Boyne Resorts commits to Net Zero emissions on all properties by 2030.
2022 - Added an additional 14 waste sorting stations around the mountain.
LED Lighting Retrofit
100% of trail / parking lot lights and 95% of building lights have been retrofitted to LED fixtures and bulbs resulting in an annual savings of 1,000,000 kw.
Ongoing efficiency upgrades to older buildings and lift huts will reduce heating and power consumption. This includes replacing 2 hot water tanks with an on-demand system in the Cypress Creek Lodge.
We are currently attempting to secure a supply of renewable diesel for our grooming and snow removal fleet. Our fleet of gasoline trucks, sleds and UTV’s will be converted to electric as they require replacing.
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
For the elenth 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 11th greenhouse gas inventory with Climate Smart for the FY2023 inventory (May 01, 2022 to Apr 30, 2023) and recorded emissions of 1,637.42 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e).
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.