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Eco Guide to mountain resorts

Whistler BlackcombImage

BC

Getting there on public transport

Train stationWhistler
Bus line
Length of Journey0 min
Cost of adult single ticketGare dans la station

General information

Number of beds50000
Permanent residents :10
Snow gun coverage20% des pistes
Altitude780m - 2200m
Tourist information office phone n°+ 1 604 904 8134
Web sitewww.whistlerblackcomb.com

Eco guide to mountain resorts 2014-2015
Transport
 1 - Easy access 2 - Bus + ski pass package 3 - Sustainable mobility 4 - Exemplary approach 5 - Snow clearing 6 - Fret
  • The train station is in the resort
  • 8 to 16 direct buses a day, from Vancouver, 40 to 65 $

  • 24/7 bus shelter available

  • Hybrid shuttles being tested: gas, bio fuel, hydrogen buses during Olympic games

  • Internal carpooling for resort employees, fleet vehicles available for employee carpooling

  • Pedestrian friendly resort, everything is within 10min. walking distance

  • Free Shuttle buses running from Creek side to the village and the base of Blackcomb

Energy
 7 - Public buildings 8 - Private buildings 9 - Light pollution 10 - Ski lift compagny 11 - Renewable energy 12 - Green energy supplier
  • Micro hydroelectric power station in Flute Creek for heating and lighting of flute creek lift building
  • Currently building a micro hydro plant within the ski area that will cover annual cover consumption (the equivalent of 3000 homes), project completed in Dec. 09

  • New hydroelectric and wind power solutions being studied

  • Resort focus on the reduction energy consumption: low voltage light bulbs, timers and sensors for lighting, staff training

  • 2 environmental coordinators working with the rest of the staff

  • Reduction of energy consumption of 6242 GJ in 2 years (1.7mega watts)

  • Green electricity purchased from BC Hydro, 90 % of the energy consumed comes from renewable power sources

Development
 13 - Town planning 14 - Accommodation 15 - Landscape 16 - Agriculture 17 - Ski area management 18 - Protected areas
  • Carbon footprint and GEG emissions calculated for the resort: 7000 Tonnes for mountain operations
  • The city hall is LEED certified(Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CategoryID=19

  • Urbanisation plan that caps capacity at 57 000 beds

  • Construction of a new chairlift

  • Areas set aside for the protection of the Black Bear and the coastal mountain black tailed deer, information signs on these protected areas on the slopes

  • Partnerships with the Whistler Blackcomb foundation environmental fund for Habitat Improvement Teams www.whistlerblackcomb.com/mountain/environment/community.htm

Water
 19 - Sewage treatment 20 - Biogas recuperation 21 - Management of the water resource 22 - Potable water 23 - Wetland 24 - Eco consumption of water
  • The Whistler sewage treatment plant has a capacity of 57 000 PE, sewage discharge limits are respected
  • 3 impounding reservoirs for a total de 227 000 m3

  • Dual flush systems & waterless urinals in several public buildings

Waste
      
  • All buildings are equipped with selective sorting infrastructures: glass, paper & cardboard, metal and plastic
  • Rubbish bins available on each lift

  • Waste disposal site in the resort

  • Information on recycling collection available at the tourist office, certain hotels and residences

  • Composting in certain restaurants on the mountain

  • Recycling collection takes place in offices and workshops, Waste reduction policy and environmental charter

  • Sustainable development criteria integrated into invitations to tender

  • Annual Cleanup day organised by the resort with up to 100 persons, several tonnes of waste picked up

Social
 31 - Access for those with disabilities 32 - Families 33 - Seasonaires 34- Handicap 35 - Environmental information 36 - Schools
Territorial
 37 - 38 - Climate 39 - Agriculture 40 - Events 41 - Private accomodation 42 - Governance
  • Whistler Blackcomb lift services are TNS (The Natural Step) certified
  • www.tns-france.org

  • 75 environmental information boards on Flora, wildlife, geology, geography and advocacy on the mountain for 38 lifts

  • Environmental information on the local TV channel, brochures and piste map

  • Financial support for the Whistler sustainability centre

  • 400 children attend summer outreach programmes

  • Earth Day, Clean Air Day, Environment Week, the Commuter Challenge http://www.whistler.ca/index.php

  • Intrawest sustainability network set up to exchange information with other resorts www.whistlerblackcomb.com