Energy EfficiencyJackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR) is committed to supporting energy-efficiency initiatives such as supporting renewable energy, reducing automobile emissions, using eco-diesels and four-stroke engines, prioritizing alternative fuels and incorporating energy-efficient lighting and remodels.
Supporting renewable energy
We have committed to purchasing renewable energy credits that offset 100% of our lift energy usage from June 1, 2007 to June 1, 2019.
JHMR, one of the largest energy users in Jackson Hole, had offset 4 million kwh per annum with this program. This saved up to 4,384,760 pounds of CO2 each year. The renewable energy product was purchased from Renewable Choice Energy and was made up of a combination of wind, biomass, small hydro and geothermal energy.
Reducing automobile emissions
Teton Village, the main community base in the valley, is located 10 miles from Jackson. Every year Jackson Hole Mountain Resort purchases bus passes for all our employees and adult season passholders (kids ride free). We also spent more than $1 million to develop a Park and Ride lot between the town of Jackson and the resort base area. Carpoolers (three or more) can get the parking fee waived in the Ranch Lot in Teton Village. As a result of our initiatives, the total miles traveled per skier visit (determined by parking lot counts) dropped by 30%, resulting in savings of more than 2000 tons of CO2 emissions, more than all other conservation projects combined.
Further, in 2006 JHMR was certified as a Best Workplace for Commuters. As part of this certification, we have established the Emergency Ride Home program. The goal of the Emergency Ride Home Program (ERHP) is to provide a safety net for employees who carpool or take alternative means of transportation to work in the Village. Workers qualify for the program if they did not personally drive to work the day of a personal or family emergency.
Reducing exhaust with four-stroke snowmobiles
JHMR uses four-stroke snowmobiles for smoke free winter operations.
Prioritizing alternative fuels
Since July 2005, JHMR has used biodiesel in our fleet of off-road, heavy-equipment vehicles. We use B10 fuel, which is a blend of approximately 90% diesel and 10% biodiesel. Biodiesel is a clean-burning alternative fuel, produced from domestic, renewable resources. It contains no petroleum, but it can be blended at any level with petroleum diesel to create a biodiesel blend. Biodiesel is better for the environment, because it is made from renewable resources and has lower emissions compared to petroleum diesel.
Updating with energy-efficient lighting
JHMR continues to replace light bulbs in our buildings. We are installing compact florescent bulbs that can produce light with one-quarter of the energy of incandescent bulbs.
Conducting building energy audits and remodeling
JHMR will retrofit its on-mountain dining establishment, Casper Restaurant in the future. This will include replacing older windows, installing efficient lighting, automating and timing the heating, lighting and ventilation; and reducing drafts by installing vestibules in downstairs doorways.