Taos Ski Valley Wins Prestigious Golden Eagle Award For Environmental Excellence

Dramatic reduction in food waste leads to Taos winning award again
Taos Ski Valley
Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

TAOS SKI VALLEY, N.M., May 21, 2019 – For the second time in three years, Taos Ski Valley has been awarded the industry’s most coveted award for sustainability: the Golden Eagle award for environmental excellence chosen by the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA). Taos won the Golden Eagle ‘Innovation in Sustainability’ award for its cutting-edge food dehydrator system, which significantly reduces food waste. Michael Bower, Taos Ski Valley’s director facilities, received the award at the NSAA annual conference in San Diego earlier this month.

During the 2018-2019 winter season, Taos invested in the large-scale food dehydrator, which keeps more than 80 percent of the food waste generated at resort restaurants out of the area landfills, and instead transforms the waste into rich soil amendment. Not only does it reduce the amount of trash produced by the resort, but it also significantly cuts down on carbon dioxide and methane produced by the waste. During the ski season, Taos was able to convert more than 7,000 pounds of food waste into over 700 pounds of soil amendment.

“The investment in the food dehydrator was just one of many investments we’re making to help protect our community, our environment and our mountain for generations to come,” said David Norden, CEO of Taos Ski Valley. “We operate with a set of core values that ensures that we respect and, where possible, improve our air, water and land quality. Winning the award is gratifying, and we plan to continue to push the envelope in delivering smart, effective environmental programs.”

Taos has a dedicated and ongoing effort to enhance sustainability efforts throughout the resort. As the world’s first and only B Corp© certified ski resort,  Taos meets the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, sustainability, public transparency and legal accountability. Among the steps it has taken recently to support the region’s environment:

  • Ensuring all new construction, including The Blake at Taos Ski Valley, adheres to the most stringent green building standards
  • Removing nearly 10,000 plastic water bottles from the resort’s waste stream through its innovative “Hydrate locally. Help globally” campaign
  • Providing shuttle service from nearby towns to the resort for visitors and free shuttles for employees to reduce carbon emissions
  • Purchasing carbon offsets for the newly launched Taos Air
  • Actively carrying out treatments in the Rio Grande Watershed Fund locations to improve the health of the forest, restore wildlife habitats, reduce fuel for potential wildfires and protect the watershed
  • Restoring the area ecosystem including the Rio Hondo, which runs through the ski valley.

“Our business depends on a healthy planet, so making sustainability a top priority is the right thing to do for our community, and our resort,” continued Norden.

More information about Taos Ski Valley’s sustainability efforts can be found online: https://www.skitaos.com/discover-taos/our-purpose/sustainability

About Taos Ski Valley
Nestled among the pristine peaks of northern New Mexico, Taos Ski Valley is undergoing a $300 million renaissance making it one of North America’s premier vacation and adventure destinations. With over 300 inches of average annual snowfall, 300 days of sunshine and more than 1,200 skiable acres, Taos Ski Valley offers a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, breathtaking scenery and exhilarating terrain for every ability level for a spirited mountain experience unlike any other. The resort is maintaining its authentic charm while investing in new amenities both on-mountain and in the base area. Taos Ski Valley is proud to participate in the Mountain Collective, and Ikon Pass; collaborate networks of iconic, independent ski destinations. To learn more about Taos Ski Valley, and see the future plans for the Ski Valley, please visit www.skitaos.com.

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