Ski Areas Get Online Pollution Prevention Help
The Peaks to Prairies Pollution Prevention (P2) Information Center
in Bozeman, Montana recently published its online Ski Area pollution
prevention topic hub. The hub was a joint venture of Peaks to Prairies,
the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) Pollution
Prevention Program, and Tetra Tech EM Inc.
The Ski Area Management topic hub serves as an information resource
for pollution prevention assistance providers, ski area managers and
staff, and businesses that provide products and services to the ski
industry. The hub details pollution prevention challenges faced by ski
areas. These include energy use, construction, maintenance, resort and
restaurant management, and snow making. The narrative pinpoints operation
areas that can benefit from pollution prevention. Online links highlight
P2 success stories and strategies used by ski areas. Links and other
resources also direct users to green products, services, industry trends,
and environmentally sustainable methods of operation that benefit ski
areas, employees, recreationists, and communities.
According to Mike Vogel, Peaks to Prairies Center Director, the topic
hub will help ski areas help people have fun, while reducing expenses
associated with ski operations and environmental regulations. "Ski
areas face a changing economic as well as a changing global climate,"
Vogel said. "This double whammy is pressing the ski industry and
managers into new ways to do business. This website shows how ski areas
are doing everything from lobbying government officials to addressing
climate change, to running the leanest and greenest mountain operation
possible. Greening their operations is proven to be the best way to
save money and improve the environment. The most successful ski areas
go far beyond what regulations require. They are doing novel things
that many types of businesses could benefit from."
The Ski Hub is one of many industry-specific topic hubs developed by
EPA-funded regional P2 information centers around the United States.
Topic hubs are designed to get users directly to relevant online information,
and are updated frequently. To access the Ski Area topic hub, log on
For information about the Peaks to Prairies Information Center, call
(406) 994-3451 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peaks to Prairies Welcomes New Team Member
Steve Guettermann is the new Pollution Prevention Specialist at Peaks
to Prairies. He will concentrate on developing pollution prevention
materials for the construction, outdoor recreation, and community growth
sectors. Steve worked with the Montana Conservation Corps and developed
environmental programs for leaders and trail crews throughout the state,
many of which centered around restoration and reclamation projects.
As a freelance writer, he has contributed to over thirty books and a
variety of health and environmental education materials, including a
water education notebook for Montana State's Project WET. Steve earned
his Master's degree in Science Education from Kansas State University.
He can be reached at 406-994-4292 or email@example.com.
P2 and Youth Education Resource: http://peakstoprairies.org/topichub/
Peaks to Prairies is pleased to announce the launch of a new topic hub
that defines the relationship between pollution prevention and environmental
literacy. It offers teaching strategies, curricula and activities, and
a reference library, and includes over 180 links related to P2 and education.
Curricula and activities are identified by age groups and by the following
topics: Agriculture, Air Quality, Energy Conservation, Household &
Community Waste Management, P2 Careers, P2 Consumer, Transportation,
and Water Quality. This hub is currently under review by educators and
P2 professionals. Visit it at the above URL, then click on "Youth