Recycling Programs at The Summit

Looking for somewhere to recycle that water bottle or pop can? The Summit offers numerous recycle bins around base areas, in food and beverage outlets, and even in many lift lines!

Recycling at Base Areas
Cardboard, paper, plastics, aluminum and glass are collected at all base areas and then transported to the recycling center on Snoqualmie Pass. The Summit helped instigate and continues to manage the King County Snoqualmie Pass Recycling Center located near the fire station.

Recycling at Vehicle Maintenance Shops
The oil from vehicles is collected and burned to help heat the maintenance shops. All anti-freeze from vehicles is recycled to a safe off-site location and parts are cleaned in safety-clean solvents.

Reuse of Fryer Grease - Resort Shuttle Fuel
Vegetable oil is reused from our kitchen fryers to help fuel our shuttle buses. These shuttles run on a mix of about 33% fryer grease/66% petroleum based diesel which results in a seasonal savings of over 1000 gallons of diesel.

Named Best Workplace for Recycling SIX years running!

Conservation

Water Conservation
All lodges are equipped with low flush toilets resulting in 20% savings in water consumption. The Tubing Center has water-free urinals reducing water demands and sewer impacts.

Waste Conservation
The Summit provides toilet facilities at the Nesting Bird Yurt and Jim Brooks Hut to preserve the environment from human waste. Vaults for these toilets are hauled off the trails each week and pumped into trucks to be exported to treatment sites.

Paper Towel Conservation
The Summit has installed sensor-activated paper towel dispensers in all bathroom facilities. With these new devices, guests run their hand in front of the sensor for a single paper towel to be dispensed rather than grabbing a large clump of towels.

Habitat Preservation

The Summit’s planning decisions are based on extensive habitat studies for all local plants and animals. In addition to preserving habitat for threatened or endangered species, extra stress is placed on maintaining migratory paths. The Summit has recently donated about 390 acres to the USFS which will be managed as conservation to enhance migratory paths. Click here to view our development plan.

 

Summit Environmental Partners

 

Bonneville Environmental Foundation’s SkiGreen Program

SkiGreen is a partnership between the non-profit Bonneville Environmental Foundation and leaders in the snow sports industry to build support for non-polluting renewable sources of energy through the sale of renewable energy credits (green tags).

Mini-Green Tags were developed as a solution for those who enjoy outdoor winter sports activities and wish to reduce the associated impacts to the environment such as the greenhouse gas emissions caused by driving a car to the mountain. Each Mini-Green Tag represents 100 kilowatt-hours of wind power entering the energy grid and creates a savings of 140 pounds of air emissions – roughly the same amount caused by driving 150 miles in a vehicle getting approximately 21 MPG.

We offer Mini-Green Tags to our guests for $2 a piece at ticket windows with daily lift tickets. For our season pass holders who want to mitigate their multiple trips to the mountain at one time, we encourage them to spend $20 on ten Mini-Green Tags. A guest may be a die-hard racking in 100+ days a season on our lifts or just in a charitable mood where they want to spend more on this program. We support that! The proceeds from Mini-Green Tags sales are used towards supporting renewable energy through BEF, on behalf of the ski area guest who has purchased the Mini-Green Tag.

Mini Green-Tags - Bonneville Environmental Foundation

Bonneville Environmental Foundation Mini-Green Tag sales support renewable energy produced and delivered into the grid today from new renewable energy facilities (such as wind and solar). Beyond supporting today’s renewable energy, Green Tags also support the development of new renewable energy projects and watershed restoration through BEF’s reinvestment programs.

BEF is a charitable and non-profit public benefit corporation dedicated to encouraging and funding activities and projects that lead to greater reliance on clean, environmentally preferred renewable power, and to healthy sustainable fish and wildlife habitat.

Through its grant making to community-based restoration initiatives, BEF’s Watershed Program invests net revenues derived from the sale of renewable energy products into project designed to protect and restore watershed ecosystems of the Pacific NW. Mini-Green Tags support BEF’s renewable project management program, developing everything from small agricultural-scale wind, to solar schools, to large-scale wind farms.

The Summit also partners with Climate Solutions in efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions within our region.