North America’s four largest ski resort groups, including Alterra Mountain Company, Boyne Resorts, POWDR, and Vail Resorts, as well as other ski industry leaders such as U.S. Ski and Snowboard, Snowsports Industries of America (SIA), and Ski Utah, have partnered with Mountain Towns 2030 (MT2030) to help leading mountain towns develop net zero carbon goals by 2030.
In addition to the organizations listed above, Park City Community Foundation, Drawdown Fund, Bill White Restaurant Group, Love Communications, SnoCru, Ski Butlers, RootRez, Rossignol, Waldorf Astoria, Proterra, Treasure Mountain Inn, Pendry Residences, MMA Energy Capital, The Nature Conservancy, Rocky Mountain Power and the Park City Institute will be partnering and sending representatives to attend MT2030. Several of these partners have also expressed interest in setting their own aggressive net zero goals.
“We formed Mountain Towns 2030 because we strongly believe mountain towns have the power to make a global impact on climate change,” said Park City Mayor Andy Beerman. “As with any community initiative, the support from local organizations and nonprofits are a big reason we can set ambitious goals and achieve them. We could not be more pleased to have the big four ski resort groups, USSA and other industry leaders to partner and lead the way with us.”
About Mountain Towns 2030
Mountain Town 2030 (MT2030) is a coalition of mountain towns that have committed to ambitious carbon reduction goals by 2030. The inaugural Net Zero Summit is the kick-off event for MT2030 and will be held October 2-4, 2019 in Park City, Utah. It is a 3-day conference for invited city and local governments to learn from inspirational speakers and panelists, share best practices in focused workshops, and create commitments to aggressive goals that will amplify our collective voice to compel our national and global leaders to commit to “zero.”
Keynote speakers include renowned conservationist and United Nations Messenger of Peace Jane Goodall, and environmentalist Paul Hawken from Project Drawdown. The speaker lineup also includes Utah State University Professor Robert Davies, Rocky Mountain Power CEO Gary Hoogeveen, Park City Mayor Andy Beerman, clean energy impact investors, leaders from non-profit organizations and many more.
Following the summit, Mountain Towns 2030 will take the commitments made at this summit and put them into action by connecting the communities, sharing best practices, and using the collective voice of a coalition of mountain towns to encourage other municipalities across the globe to take action. MT2030 will have over 30 mountain towns attending.
The sense of urgency around 2030 continues to escalate. The world’s climate scientists agree—to control global warming at 1.5 degrees, the earth needs drastic reductions in carbon emissions by 2030. Communities need to identify and act on effective solutions immediately.