NPR Panel: STOKE, Ski Resorts, & Climate Change

STOKE Co-Founder, Carl Kish, was invited to be part of a panel with acclaimed ski industry and climate author, Porter Fox, as well as Lee Canyon Ski Resort’s Marketing Director, Jim Seely, on National Public Radio (NPR) Nevada.

 

With a focus on the impacts of climate change and how Nevada ski resorts are doing their part to reduce emissions, the STOKE Certified Diamond Peak Ski Resort along with Lee Canyon’s off-grid solar and battery power system are examples of what initiatives ski areas are implementing to transition to renewable energy and support their local communities. However, to avoid catastrophic impacts to the ski industry in the next decade (see U.N. IPCC climate report on 2030 deadline), Porter makes a strong case for how the ski industry should lobby State and National officials to advocate for greater clean energy mandates and other approaches to emissions reductions on a larger scale.

Considering Nevada voters passed a bill last November requiring the state to use 50 percent renewable energy by the year 2030, the mindset is shifting in what are considered less progressive states, but 100% renewable energy by 2030 is where we need to concentrate our efforts. Organizations like Protect Our Winters continue to fight for these wins on Capitol Hill, but the ski industry can sometimes be slow to adapt and we’re short on time.

Enjoy the discussion and let us know if you’d like to see your favorite ski resort taking more action to reduce the impacts of climate change in the comments below.