Mammoth Mountain - Environment - Continual Improvement

Mammoth Mountain - Environment - Continual Improvement

MMSA is dedicated to utilizing the best available information and technology relative to environmental protection and human health.  Established targets and objectives will be regularly reviewed and updated to help ensure continual improvement. 

Energy Conservation and use of Renewable Energy

MMSA is committed to continually improving its energy consumption habits. MMSA's facilities and services are quite large, and every year MMSA brings on new projects and new capacities, and all of them create additional energy consumption. Over a decade ago, MMSA realized that if it did not get a handle on its energy consumption, things would quickly get out of hand. So, to track and control its energy consumption, MMSA set the year 2000 as a baseline, and then set about seeking efficiencies wherever possible. As a result of the knowledge gained and the solutions implemented, MMSA has significantly reduced its electric energy consumption and propane consumption against the year 2000 baseline, despite the fact that MMSA has continued to bring new energy-consuming services on line.

MMSA's success was achieved by getting control over MMSA's facilities, which include over 100 structures totaling about 600,000 square feet. While to some this may have looked like an insurmountable obstacle, MMSA's Energy Manager Bob Bradbury focused on the countless available opportunities for improvement. Bradbury conducted energy audits of each building to examine construction, occupancy patterns, user habits and existing energy systems. Bob then produced a 125-page conservation plan identifying inefficiencies, solutions and implementation timelines. Solutions ranged from the very simple, like replacing standard light bulbs with compact fluorescents, to more complex fixes, including installation of state of the art building control systems, as well as monitoring systems designed to integrate and track major energy consuming systems. Through real-time connections with Mammoth's intranet, facility managers can now see and control energy use. The difference is remarkable.

On a different but parallel track, Mammoth is driving to reduce the company's use of fossil fuels. A significant percentage of the resort's purchased electricity comes from renewable resources. Some power and heat backup also comes from solar thermal air panels, and photovoltaic cells power the Village Gondola's communication system. Finally, MMSA continues to replace aging vehicles in its motor pool with new, fuel efficient and hybrid vehicles.

Waste Reduction/Reduce/Reuse/Recycle

In 2004, MMSA partnered with the Town of Mammoth Lakes and Mono County to successfully apply for grant funding to start a solid waste recycling program. By using a public-private partnership to gain traction, MMSA helped create the first successful recycling program in the Eastern Sierra. MMSA now annually recycles over 130,000 pounds of glass, plastic and aluminum. Waste reduction strategies extend beyond the guest base- over the last few years, MMSA prioritized recycling the contents of all of MMSA's "Boneyards", collections of materials no longer used or functioning. As a result of the Boneyard reclamation projects, thousands of pounds of scrap metal from both June and Mammoth were sold as reusable scrap metal, and all of the old Chair 9 seats were sold and/or donated for new re-uses as benches and porch swings.

Green Product Purchasing

MMSA consciously partners with companies and suppliers that offer greener products and purchasing options. The most visible touch-point for this initiative is in our food and beverage division. MMSA's primary food service provider, US Foods, supplies compostable and/or recyclable products for all of the resorts coffee cups and to-go containers.

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