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Green Efforts

“Wisp Resort is our mountain home. We respect the beauty of our environment and we recognize the need to apply moral and ecological ethics to the stewardship of our natural resources. Wisp Resort endorses the principles with active participation in the National Ski Areas Association's Sustainable Slopes program, and is committed to preserving the character of the mountains. We continually update and implement new techniques and technologies that assist in our efforts to protect and enhance the natural state of our geographic surroundings, as well as to conserve our resources and reduce energy consumption.”

List of accomplishments

  • Our employees as well as our guests are able to participate in our resort-wide recycling program. We collect cardboard, aluminum cans, all colors of glass, office paper and plastics. Additionally, catalogues, magazines, phone books, old trail maps and brochures are recycled.
  • We consistently encourage energy conservation throughout the resort through replacement of appliances and lights with newer, more efficient models. One example has been the purchase of energy-efficient copy machines for our offices.
  • An Energy Audit on our facilities was recently conducted assisting us in identifying where and how we can reduce consumption.
  • We utilize snowmaking equipment with increased energy efficiency ratings.
  • We convert storage water from a liquid state to frozen snow. During Spring melt-off the water returns to the lake and groundwater for future use
  • Resort owners have created and preserve open space. 550 Acres of open space at Fork Run has been donated to the mountain top Adventure Sports Center which is now subject to a perpetual and legally binding conservation easement. Wisp Resort’s Planned Residential Development (PRD) provides for approximately 1250 acres of additional open space.
  • Phased energy efficient lighting retrofits for all resort facilities continues in progress.
  • Energy efficient, quick recovery water heating systems have been installed throughout the resort
  • We use environmentally friendly products for sidewalk treatment during winter months.
  • Under EPA guidelines, we properly dispose of all of our paint waste products, contaminated unleaded fuel and diesel fuel, oil filters and absorbents and fluorescent lighting.
  • We recycle a large amount of scrap steel, copper, brass and stainless steel.
  • All vegetable oils (which are 100% trans fat free) used in our restaurants are recycled into bio-diesel
  • New commercial dryers have been installed in the hotel laundry facility, which are more energy efficient and require less drying time. Additionally, new wash machines have been installed that have a higher extraction rate and reduce water usage
  • Being in a tight financial position for 2012, Wisp Resort began what will be a multi-year program to reduce energy cost specific to lighting. This years recently completed first phase of the project has been to change the lighting in one of our restaurants from incandescent and cfl lighting to LED lighting. 105 fixtures were replaced. The result is as follows:

    Carbon Reduction
    Existing Lighting                                      LED Lighting  
    KWH to KgCo2 39727.40                        KWH to KgCo2 7167.04
    KgCo2 to Tons of Co2 43.75                  KgCo2 to Tons of Co2 7.89
    Reduction of Co2 in Tons 35.86      

The following are the reported Recyclables from Wisp Resort for 2009:

Mixed glass.............................5.95 ton
Aluminum cans.......................125 lbs
Magazines.............................1.42 ton
Office paper...........................1.1 ton
Corrugated cardboard...........9.97 ton
Mixed plastics........................1 ton
Wooden pallets......................100
Vegetable oil for biodiesel.....1650 gal

The following are the reported Recyclables from Wisp Resort for 2008:

Mixed Glass ………………….. 4.67 tons
Aluminum Cans ……………… 225 Lbs.
Magazines & Office Paper ….. 2.44 tons
Cardboard ………………….… 17.55 tons
Mixed Plastic #1 & #2 ………. 2100 Lbs.
Tires …………………………… 168 tires
Toner Cartridges …………….. 65 Lbs.
Vege Oil to Biodiesel …………1,100 Gal.
Waste Oil ……………………… 450 Gal
Scrap Metal …………………… 1.5 Tons

Wisp Resort has consciously chosen foam products in areas of food and beverage service based on information provided by the vendor, Dart.  

Dart  Container Corporation is nationally recognized as a leader in promoting and understanding the facts about polystyrene foam products and associated environmental issues.

Dart  strives to provide well-documented information on their products and develop environmental answers and solutions for the public.

Dart  has received numerous awards and commendations for this work.