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Energy Conservation

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Blue Mountain is not only concerned with reducing the energy associated with our bills - we are also implementing initiatives that reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions associated with our operations.

Conservation Initiatives

  • Since 2002, Blue Mountain Resort has continued to reduce its annual energy consumption by replacing incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescents (CFLs) and/or LED lights in Blue Mountain owned and operated facilities, where possible.
  • In 2008, a lighting retrofit was completed for all guest accommodation at The Grand Georgian, Weider Lodge, and Seasons at Blue properties. A total of 7,774 incandescent light bulbs were replaced with CFLs. The resort’s newest condominium hotel, Mosaic at Blue, installed CFLs prior to opening.
  • Co-Generation Project: Blue Mountain has installed a combined heat and power system that recovers thermal energy to heat water for the 90 hotel rooms and dishwashing facilities located at the Blue Mountain Inn.
  • Blue Mountain operates one of the largest snowmaking systems in Canada. Through automation, new technologies and the installation of high-efficiency snowmaking guns, the Resort has significantly increased snowmaking production, while only experiencing a slight increase in energy consumption.
  • Reduced energy consumption associated with Snowmaking Operations by 1,747,277kWh during the 08/09 winter season compared to the 07/08 season.

Emissions Reduction Initiatives

Idle Free Zone
  • In August 2009, Blue Mountain partnered with the Centre for Sustainable Transportation to begin studying employee driving behaviour through the use of vehicle monitoring technology. The resort hopes to identify opportunities to reduce its fleet’s fuel consumption and associated greenhouse gas emissions at the conclusion of the study.
  • In July 2009, Blue Mountain purchased a fleet of bicycles and implemented an Employee Bike Share program to minimize on-resort vehicle travel and associated fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
  • In summer 2008, the resort developed and implemented Tour de Bleu – an annual 8-week bike challenge that encourages employees to use bikes instead of automobiles for commuting to work and running everyday errands.
  • Employees and resort guests are educated about the issues associated with unnecessary vehicle idling and are asked to turn vehicles off when not in use.
  • The resort has also worked with charter bus companies to encourage drivers to turn off their buses and visit our lodges rather than idling in resort parking lots all day. Plans are underway to create a bus driver lounge in future resort development to ensure bus drivers have a comfortable space to wait for their groups.
  • In June 2008, Blue Mountain signed an Idle-Free Declaration with the The Blue Mountains reaffirming our commitment to working towards eliminating unnecessary vehicle idling across the resort.
  • In July 2007, Blue Mountain’s on-road diesel vehicles switched to a bio-diesel blend.
  • Over the past few years, Blue Mountain has held employee carpooling incentive programs to encourage staff to walk, bike, take the bus/shuttle, or carpool to work.
  • We have worked with charter bus companies to encourage drivers to turn off their buses and visit our lodges rather than idling in resort parking lots all day. Plans are underway to create a bus driver lounge in future resort development to ensure bus drivers have a comfortable space to wait for their groups.

5 Simple Steps to Reduce Needless Idling

(Source: Natural Resources Canada)
  1. Reduce warm-up idling – start driving after no more than 30 seconds of idling, assuming your vehicle’s windows are clear. Excessive idling is not good for your engine.
  2. Turn it off after 10 seconds – turn your engine off if you are going to be stopped for more than 10 seconds, except in traffic.
  3. Minimize use of remote car starters – these devices encourage you to start your vehicle before you are ready to leave, which means wasteful idling.
  4. Use a block heater – in temperatures below 0C, use this device to warm up the engine before starting your vehicle. This will improve fuel efficiency and reduce exhaust emissions.
  5. Spread the word – talk to your family, friends and neighbours about the benefits of reduced idling. Encourage them to join you in saving money, protecting the environment and contributing to a healthier community.

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