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.
1. Supporting renewable energy
We have committed to purchasing renewable energy credits that offset 100% of our lift energy usage since June 1, 2007.
JHMR is one of the largest energy users in Jackson Hole and will be offsetting 4 million kwh per annum with this program. This will save up to 4,384,760 pounds of CO2 each year. The renewable energy product purchased from Renewable Choice Energy is made up of a combination of wind, biomass, small hydro and geothermal energy.
2. 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.
3. Improving fuel economy with Jeep fleet vehicles
We proudly drive four Jeep EcoDiesels in our partnership deal with Jeep. We are looking forward to more joining our fleet in 2017.
4. Reducing exhaust with four-stroke snowmobiles
We have purchased 12 four-stroke snowmobiles from Ski Doo for smoke free winter operations. We intend to keep changing our fleet over to four-stroke engines at a minimum of two machines a year or when we need to replace old machines.
5. Prioritizing alternative fuels
Since July 2005, JHMR has used biodiesel in our complete fleet of 11 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.
JHMR also sells American Forests Green bracelets in Jackson Hole Sports (in adult and junior sizes for $2).
6. Updating with energy-efficient lighting
JHMR is replacing more than 1,000 light bulbs in our buildings at a cost of almost $16,000. We are installing compact florescent bulbs that can produce light with one-quarter of the energy of incandescent bulbs. Also, JHMR will replace its inefficient magnetic florescent ballasts with electronic ballasts.
7. Conducting building energy audits and remodeling
JHMR will retrofit its on-mountain dining establishment, Casper Restaurant in the future. This will include replacing older window;, installing efficient lighting; automating and timing the heating, lighting and ventilation; and reducing drafts by installing vestibules in downstairs doorways.