The Ski Area Citizens’ Coalition (SACC) released its annual Report Card this Tuesday and ranked Stevens Pass as the greenest ski resort in the country. Stevens Pass earned the highest score nationwide, and beat the nearest Washington competitor by 9 percentage points. This builds on a notable history, marking the third year of top ten rankings for the resort and the fifth “A” grade in a row.
Among the notable Stevens Pass sustainability achievements are a one hundred percent carbon offset of all electricity and propane consumed via non-polluting wind power; the installation of the first electric car chargers at a mountain pass anywhere in the country; an on-mountain four kilowatt solar array; an extensive composting program at most restaurant venues that captures 18,000 pounds of food waste per month; and recycling options resort-wide, including on the slopes.
Scoring criteria include topics such as alternative energy installations, energy efficiency, protection of sensitive land, water conservation, recycling and compost programs, actions to address global climate change, and general commitment to greening up mountain operations. Each summer Stevens Pass must submit an extensive survey on the past year’s environmental actions, while additional data is gathered from public records.