Sustainable Environmental Initiatives
Slope Improvements Processes (1985 – Present)
Consistently striving to control storm water to protect water quality in the streams. Erosion control measures, silt fence, hay bales. Using quick growing seed and mulching the disturbed areas immediately after fine grading. Using a phased approach to slope construction. Where ever possible, protecting and avoiding any repairion zones.
Recycle Used Motor Oil For Heating Usage (1986)
Taking waste oil from snowmaking compressors, grooming machines and all vehicles to heat Mountain Operations building using approximately 400 gallons of waste oil per year. This process avoids disposal needs of old oil and eliminates the need for consumption of new fossil fuel from the Earth.
Kinderhook Reservoir (1993)
Obtained a permit and began construction of the 6 million gallon Kinderhook Reservoir for protection of Trout Habitat in Kinderhook Creek. Water is taken from the Creek only at high flow times and stored in the reservoir for use during the low Creek flow periods. This commitment protects trout eggs in the gravel along shallow stream edges that would freeze in low flow due to extended extreme cold snaps.
National Silver Eagle Award (1994)
Won Silver Eagle Award from SKI/Skiing Magazine for Fish & Wildlife Habitat Protection resulting from Kinderhook Reservoir.
Construction of Summit Reservoir (1996-1998 )
Summit Reservoir stores 12 million gallons of water near the top of the mountain. Two major benefits of the summit reservoir are
- Water can be pumped and stored during high stream flow periods and warm weather therefore putting water in reserve.
- The gravity head pressure allows the lower 3rd of the mountain to use this water with no pumps and increases production of snow when cold without additional peak demand electric usage.
Replacement of grooming fleet to Pisten Bully brand saving approximately 30% of fuel due to increased fuel efficiency.
Our towel and sheet program saves approximately 25,000 gallons of water a year by only washing the sheets and towels when requested by guests staying for more than one night. We’ve replaced the typical bars of soap and tiny shampoo bottles with an in-shower shampoo and shower gel dispenser, avoids waste going to land fills. We have eliminated the use of toxic cleaning agents and now only use green, biodegradable solvents and cleaners.
Installation of Ozone Water Treatment System for Laundry Center
Allows water temperatures to be reduced from 90 to 60 degrees (saving fuel oil), cuts the amount of chemicals required by 66%. Water is therefore cleaner before it goes to the wastewater treatment plant where the balance of the chemicals is removed. Because more water is extracted from the fabrics during the wash cycle. This process also cuts down on dryer time thus reducing propane, electricity and labor.
Waterless Urinals (2006)
Conversion of bathrooms of several old building mens bathrooms. 100% installation of 7 urinals when JJ’s lodge was built in 2005. Saving 40,000 gallons of water per urinal. 12 total to date yields a 486,000 gallon reduction annually in water used.
Golden Eagle Award (2008)
Won Golden Eagle Award from Clif Bar and the National Ski Areas Association for Overall Environmental Excellence for construction of Zephyr, Jiminy's 1.5 MW GE wind turbine.
Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort is taking another step in its effort toward environmental responsibility with the installation of a new cogeneration unit in the Country Inn. The cogeneration unit uses propane gas that powers a turbine that in turn produces hot water for use throughout the Inn. This hot water also provides the heating source for the central core of the building that includes the year-round outdoor pool, hot tubs and John Harvard’s Restaurant & Brewery as well as the Front Desk facilities and conference rooms of the resort.
What makes cogeneration particularly popular is that a by-product of the turbines operation is the production of electricity – essentially two for the price of one. Jiminy Peak will use the electricity from the cogeneration unit in the Country Inn. The cogen unit will produce 400,000 kWh per year, thereby reducing the need for 400,000 kWh from the grid. Cogeneration systems are more environmentally friendly than traditional power plants and will result in the reduction of carbon and greenhouse gas emissions.