Industry News 5/10/2010

B$Z: Whistler Blackomb Wins Golden Eagle Award for Overall Environmental Excellence

Whistler Blackomb Wins Golden Eagle Award for Overall Environmental Excellence
Named finalist in three Silver Eagle categories

Clif Bar has honoured Whistler Blackcomb with the Golden Eagle Award for Overall Environmental Excellence at the recent 2010 National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) National Convention and Tradeshow. This is the third time Whistler Blackcomb has received this honour, which is considered the highest level of environmental achievement in the ski industry.

"It is profoundly inspiring for us to be recognized by our industry peers for overall environmental excellence as we continue to strive for improved performance,” says Arthur DeJong, Whistler Blackcomb’s Mountain Planning and Environmental Resource Manager.

According to the NSAA, judges credited Whistler Blackcomb with its comprehensive approach to environmental stewardship, including its efforts to reduce waste and conserve energy. Golden Eagle judges also recognized Whistler Blackcomb’s involvement in the development of the Fitzsimmons Creek Renewable Energy project; a Run-of-River project that will produce enough power to match the company’s entire annual energy consumption, which includes snowguns, lift operation and on-mountain restaurants. The hydro-powered facility, which became operational in early 2010, is located entirely within Whistler Blackcomb’s operating area and was produced in partnership with Innergex Renewable Energy Inc., Ledcor Power Group.

Whistler Blackcomb also placed among the top three finalists in the following Silver Eagle categories: Excellence in Energy Conservation/Clean Energy, Excellence in Environmental Education and Excellence in Stakeholder Relations.

The last NSAA environmental award Whistler Blackcomb received was the 2007 Silver Eagle for Excellence in Fish and Wildlife Habitat Protection for its environmental sensitivity during the development of the Symphony Amphitheatre and Symphony Express high-speed chairlift, which opened December 2006.

For more information on Whistler Blackcomb’s environmental programs and achievements, please visit the following link: http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/mountain/environment/index.htm.