Vail Resorts has announced they will aggressively pursue a comprehensive sustainability commitment, called “Epic Promise for a Zero Footprint”.

The company has committed to zero net emissions by 2030, zero waste to landfill by 2030 and zero net operating impact to forests and habitat. The breakdown to achieve the goals is as follows:

Zero net emissions by 2030:

  • Reducing electricity and natural gas use by another 15%, improving operating practices and investing $25 million in energy saving projects.
  • Purchasing 100% renewable energy, equivalent to Vail Resorts’ total electrical energy use.
  • Investing in programs to offset the use of other types of energy.
  • Work with vendors and suppliers to find opportunities for them to reduce their footprint.
  • Providing guests with information and opportunities for them to reduce their carbon footprint.
  • Sharing progress in an annual sustainability report.

Zero waste to landfill by 2030:

  • Improving its recycling and composting program.
  • Engaging with vendors to reduce packaging and to source recyclable and compostable products.
  • Working with local resort communities to increase options for reuse and diversion.
  • Increasing awareness and engagement with employees and guests through signage, labeling and training.

Zero net operating impact to forests and wildlife habitat:

  • Minimizing or eliminating the impact of any future resort development.
  • Planting or restoring an acre of forest for every acre of forest displaced by operations.
  • Continuing and expanding partnerships with and fund local organizations focused on the health of forests, habitat and wildlife.

The company was inspired by Whistler-Blackcomb’s environmental commitment, and intends to go beyond setting a partial emissions reduction target, by executing a more expansive and ambitious plan. Vail says it’s “Epic Promise for a Zero Footprint” will enable resort guests and its more than 30,000 employees the opportunity to enjoy the natural environment and resources without leaving an impact.


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