Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows is working together with the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association (NLTRA) to host a carbon neutral IRONMANÂ® triathlon on Sept. 21 by collectively reducing the carbon footprint of the event and donating nearly $20,000 to fund local energy-efficiency projects that will offset the carbon footprint.
â??By a far sight, the single biggest environmental challenge for our society is global climate change â?? at the same time, world class events such as IRONMANÂ® Lake Tahoe mean so much to the athletes, the community and the region," said Andy Wirth, president and CEO of Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows. "The commitment to host this event and take the requisite comprehensive actions so it is truly carbon neutral is another action towards our companyâ??s assertive positions on the realities of climate change, our communityâ??s contribution to the same, but above all, actions towards reduction of our CO2 emissions.â?
Of the steps taken to reduce the eventâ??s footprint, Squaw | Alpine has dedicated efforts to reduce the number of plastic water bottles used during IRONMAN Lake Tahoe. With the help of IRONMAN, the resort invested in four 125-gallon water tanks for the aid stations located in Olympic Valley, in lieu of using bottled water to hydrate participants and volunteers.
In addition, Squaw | Alpine and the NLTRA have partnered with the Sierra Business Council to donate nearly $20,000 to local environmental initiatives that will offset the carbon dioxide emissions produced by the race, using the current price for certified carbon offsets in California.
â??Weâ??re very glad to have both organizations support this important initiative,â? Wirth added.
Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows is committed to minimizing the resort's environmental impact through adopting innovative, sustainable technologies and serving as a community leader in protecting natural resources. To date, Squaw | Alpine has successfully conserved energy through lighting upgrades, new building management systems, waste heat recapture systems, and recycling programs. Squaw Valley also became the first California ski resort to install electric car charging stations in summer 2013.