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Andy Gishen and Coleman Worthen of the Alta Environmental Center

Alta Wins Golden Eagle Award

By Alta Ski Area 05-19-2022

National Ski Area Association 2022 Golden Eagle Award for Overall Environmental Excellence.

Alta’s commitment to purchase renewable energy credits (RECs) and its food waste diversion program coupled with its ongoing commitment to sustainability and environmental performance led the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) to award Alta the highest environmental honor in the ski industry, the 2022 Golden Eagle Award for Overall Environmental Excellence. This prestigious award is presented annually to a North American ski area based on its environmental performance and stewardship. Congratulations to the Alta Environmental Center (AEC) which plays an instrumental role in Alta's sustainability and environmental efforts and all Alta employees and community partners who support Alta's ongoing environmental efforts and dedication.

Alta is purchasing renewable energy credits in an amount that matches 100% of the ski area’s electricity use and is continuing to explore other renewable energy options. "Judges appreciated the AEC’s acknowledgment that RECs are not the final climate solution and the commitment to directly support renewable alternatives at local, state and national levels,” according to NSAA.

Solar panels at Alta Ski Area

AEC Director Beth Yetter receives the Golden Eagle Award on behalf of Alta Ski Area and the AEC | Photo: Jason Mallory

Pictured: Beth Yetter, accepts the Golden Eagle Award on stage at the NSAA national convention in May of 2022.

Another catalyst in winning the Golden Eagle award can be attributed to Alta's ongoing efforts with a food waste diversion program in partnership with Snowbird for. Little Cottonwood Canyon. The food waste collection pilot program began in 2019. In the first year, the program diverted 41,000 pounds of food waste from landfills. The food waste goes into a digester to create biomethane, a renewable natural gas.

Alta's commitment to sustainability. land conservation and environmental stewardship have shaped Alta for decades. In partnership with the US Forest Service, Alta has committed to extensive revegetation projects, tree planting efforts and invasive plant species removal. These land conservation efforts have helped restore the mountain environment from the area's mining past in which many slopes were eroded and denuded of trees. Since 1991 alone, Alta has planted over 42,000 trees and 79,000 plants. Please see our environmental dashboard for more information.

Did you know, this is not the first time that Alta has been recognized on the national stage for our environmental efforts? Alta also received the Golden Eagle Award in 2013 and Onno Wierenga and Maura Olivos received NSAA's Hero of Sustainability awards in 2017.

NSAA Press Release with 2022 Award Winners >

Alta Ski Area's mission is to provide authentic skiing experiences in a natural mountain environment. This requires year-round dedication from all of our employees to care of one of Alta's most essential pieces—our environment.

Beth Yetter and Jen Melton of the Alta Environmental CenterFood Waste Collection bins at Alta Ski Area

AEC 2021 Sustainability Report

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