Jiminy Peak recognized for environmental leadership

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HANCOCK — Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort is one of two New England ski areas that have received the Climate Change Impact Award from the National Ski Areas Association in recognition of their environmental leadership. Jiminy finished tied for the award with Sugarbush Ski Area in Waitsfield, Vt. Jiminy Peak received its award May 1 at the NSAA's National Convention and Trade Show in San Diego. CEO Tyler Fairbank and Chairman Brian Fairbank of resort owner The Fairbank Group accepted the award.Conservation efforts have reduced Jiminy's power consumption by 35 percent over the past 10 years. The resort is meeting its goals by self-developing conservation and renewable energy projects rather than purchasing credits from a third party renewable energy producer.In 2007 Jiminy Peak installed a $4 million 1.5 megawatt wind turbine on the western flank of its mountain. The 253-foot turbine paid for itself in seven years. Combined with a 12-acre 2.3 megawatt solar field and a cogeneration unit, Jiminy Peak is one of the few resorts in the U.S. that is powered 100 percent by renewable energy.Founded in 1962 and based in Lakewood, Colo, the National Ski Areas Association represents the interests of 319 ski areas, their operators and industry suppliers.

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