Aspen Buys Ski Industry's Largest Renewable Energy Offset

Aspen Skiing Company has purchased enough renewable energy certificates from wind farms to offset 100 percent of its electricity use. The purchase is the largest in the history of the U.S. ski industry. The 21,000 MWh purchase keeps 20,000 tons of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere each year. Aspen joins a significant number of businesses that are now buying renewable energy certificates to offset their electricity use. Whole Foods Market recently announced its purchase of certificates to offset 100 percent of its electricity purchases, in addition to companies like Johnson & Johnson, FedEx, Herman Miller and Staples that are supporting clean energy by using renewable energy certificates. Aspen has been an environmental leader in the ski industry for some time, from LEED-certified buildings to using biodiesel in snowcats to being the first ISO 14001-certified American ski resort. A cooling climate is definitely in their best business interests, so we know they'll keep up the good work. ::Aspen Environment, ::Wind Energy Press Release [pdf] via ::GreenBiz