Boyne Resorts, which owns the ski resorts of Big Sky, MT, Brighton, UT, Boyne Highlands, MI, Boyne Mountain Resort, MI, Cypress Mountain, BC, Loon Mountain, NH, Sugarloaf Resort, ME, Summit at Snoqualmie, WA, and Sunday River, ME, has announced its commitment to be 100% carbon neutral by the end of 2030. This announcement comes after Boyne Resorts announced a clean energy partnership with CMS Enterprises to help offset Boyne Resorts’ energy consumption.
President and chief executive officer for Boyne Resorts, Stephen Kircher, said,
“Human driven climate change is an urgent issue for the world and most certainly for the snowsports industry. Though we have been a thoughtful steward of our resort properties over the last eight decades, it was clear to our team that we were not doing enough and fast enough if we are to truly help reverse the effects our carbon footprint has on the planet’s climate.”
Boyne Resorts plans to hit carbon neutrality by 2030, not by installing clean energy on their properties but rather by investing money into renewable energy through CMS Enterprises to earn renewable energy credits, also known as RECs. In addition to RECs, Boyne Mountain Resort plans to install a 1.7-megawatt solar panel array at their resort, which will power an equivalent of 300 residencies throughout the resort. Boyne Resorts says that this project will serve as a pilot for potential replication of solar panel arrays at other ski resorts they own.
This announcement comes as many businesses and organizations have come to realize the time-sensitive importance of the renewable energy endeavor both for their own businesses and for their public image. Hopefully, Boyne Resorts decision will only inspire more businesses and companies, especially ski resorts, to join them in converting to 100% carbon neutrality in the near future.