This is an excerpt from EERE Network News, a weekly electronic newsletter.

February 25, 2004

Ski Areas Buy Green Power, Use Solar to "Keep Winter Cool"

For the second year in a row, ski areas throughout the United States are teaming up with the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) for the "Keep Winter Cool" campaign to fight global warming. To demonstrate their leadership, 10 ski resorts are purchasing large quantities of green power, which is electricity produced from renewable energy sources. In addition, California's Mammoth Mountain continues to use solar energy to provide heat and power to its lift shacks, Utah's The Canyons is using solar power for lighting, and the River Run Information Center at Colorado's Keystone Resort is powered by a solar energy system and relies heavily on natural lighting during the day.

On February 21st, participating resorts also hosted outreach campaigns aimed at skiers. For instance, Alpine Meadows in California had representatives of the Green Builders Association on hand, and also provided information to guests about hybrid electric vehicles. See the "Keep Winter Cool" Web site and press release (PDF 190 KB). Download Acrobat Reader.