PARK CITY, Utah – June 14, 2016 – Adventure lifestyle company, Powdr, announced today that the company’s Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO), Brent Giles will retire. Giles’ retirement will bring a close to a remarkable career of nearly 40 years of continuous service to the company.
Giles has been an innovative leader in energy saving and carbon footprint reduction across the ski industry for decades. As a founding member and key technical advisor in the formation of the NSAA Climate Challenge program, he has been an inspirational voice and a trusted peer mentor to other ski areas working on measuring and reducing their contributions to climate change. In 2015, SKI Magazine honored Giles as the Hero of Sustainability within the ski industry.
“Brent has spearheaded massive change in how we do business, recognizing that sustainability efforts touch everyone from the boiler room to the board room” said John Cumming, CEO of Powdr. “We can’t thank him enough for his tenure with Powdr and his leadership in innovation, sustainability and taking action on climate change. I’ve never met a man with deeper character. It has been a huge honor to work with him.”
“It has been a wonderful opportunity working with Powdr on sustainability strategy and efforts,” Giles said. “Partnering with leadership that understands and agrees we have a moral responsibility toward our environment has made my job that much easier.”
During Giles’ tenure as CSO, Powdr:
- Reduced overall carbon footprint 63%
- Invested over $7 million in energy and sustainability initiatives
- Experienced $2 million annually in reduced energy costs
- Received the 2013 Green Power Leadership Award twice from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- Purchased over 550 million kilowatt hours of wind power to offset the entire electrical carbon footprint for all Powdr Resorts. Enough to make up for the carbon dioxide emissions of nearly 82,000 passenger vehicles a year, or electricity needed to power more than 41,000 homes annually.
A lifetime Heber City resident, Giles plans to enjoy his retirement with his wife camping and sipping whiskey. “In the future, my wish is that all businesses and individuals will understand that our environment can get along just fine without us but we can’t survive without our environment,” stated Giles.
Powdr continues to be committed to reducing its carbon footprint across its portfolio. The company will conduct a search for Giles successor and consider internal and external candidates for the job.
About Powdr: Powdr, an adventure lifestyle company, is best known for its nine mountain resorts including Copper Mountain, Killington Resort, Pico Mountain, Mt. Bachelor, Eldora Mountain Resort, Boreal Mountain Resort, Soda Springs Mountain Resort, Lee Canyon and Gorgoza Park. The company also owns Woodward camps and progression centers across the U.S., events company Human Movement Management, Sun Country Tours, and media company Outside Television. For more information, please visit www.powdr.com.