SUNDANCE, UTAH (November 2009)—Denise Bina, Sundance Sales and Marketing Director, received the Sequoia Green Business Award on behalf of the Sundance Resort, at the Utah Business Magazine’s Green Awards held at the Grand America Hotel on October 22nd. The awards were bestowed on area businesses committed to environmental concerns.
Twenty-Five companies were honored in categories that included technology, innovative products, workplace initiatives, food, buildings and projects, with overall awards going to SRI Surgical and Xanterra Parks and Resorts.
“It only takes a little to preserve a great deal,” commented Ms. Bina in her acceptance of the award, which comes as the resort celebrates its 40th anniversary. As a result of Sundance’s commitment to championing green policies, it has created 64 new initiatives, she said. The Sequoia award honors businesses that have matured into a completely green business in practice and purpose.
We are honored to receive this award from Utah Business Magazine. Sundance is committed to the environment and to area community, so this award is a valued tribute to our efforts,” commented Chad Linebaugh, Sundance Resort, General Manager.
The resonating theme among award recipients at the luncheon was that even though their businesses have accomplished many things, they are just getting started.
Sundance’s environmental commitment includes the following:
Ride the Wind with Sundance
Ride the wind with Sundance. The Sundance Resort has partnered with the Utah Power's Blue Sky Program and Utah Clean Energy Alliance to replace 100 percent of traditional power usage with clean, pollution-free wind power, enough to keep 1,157 tons of CO2 emissions out of the atmosphere each year. Sundance Resort issued a challenge to the surrounding community, asking they match the Sundance commitment. Working together, the Sundance Resort and Sundance community members have offset a total of 1,577 tons of C02 from the atmosphere.
Cardboard, aluminum, all types of paper, plastics and tyvek envelopes.
Because recycling glass in Utah presents its own set of challenges, Sundance Resort installed its own glass works kiln. Now wine and other glass bottles are not only recycled, but turned into decorative art and housewares, for use around the property.
Green products and building
A Green Building Policy guides all new development and remodeling projects at Sundance Resort. For instance, the Spa at Sundance contains many environmentally responsible building products including low VOC paint, water saving devices, energy efficient lighting and heating, wallboard made from sunflower seed hulls and the use of Trestlewood - a lumber salvaged from the Great Salt Lake.
All Sundance Resort departments purchase environmentally responsible products. All the furniture on the decks of the cabins is made from 100% recycled milk jugs. Our restaurant and catering teams use organic produce and products, as well as chlorine free products such as paper cups and coffee filters.
Green Meetings & Lodging
Guest of the resort can opt to participate in our linen re-use program, saving water, energy and waste. Rooms are cleaned using non-toxic cleaning supplies and guests are given the opportunity to recycle their paper, cans and glass products. Natural Sundance soaps are made in the Art Shack. Sundance meeting rooms are equipped with recycling receptacles, recycled paper products. Our catering facilities use bulk creams, sugars and other condiments to cut down on waste.
The Sundance partners with the not-for profit Sundance Preserve to engage in innovative and sustainable land management practices. Efforts take place in partnership with local land management agencies including the National Forest Service, the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, and the Division of Wildlife Resources. The Sundance Preserve’s land management activities include active fire ecology practices, which incorporate select and sensitive thinning measures and mitigation of bark beetle infestations in Douglas Fir stands. The Preserve was instrumental, in partnership with local entities, in the reintroduction of native Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep to the Mount Timpanogos ecosystem. The Preserve also engages in the eradication of noxious weeds and provides education and resources materials on green building.
All to promote the conservation of energy and lessening of polluting emissions Sundance Resort offers a carpooling incentive for ski guests. If you have 4 people in your car, the fourth person gets $10 off their lift ticket. In addition, Sundance Resort employees are encouraged to use the local bus service during the winter months. Sundance also uses hybrid vehicles for guest shuttles on property and will implement biodeisel this winter in the snowcats.
The Sundance Nature Center
The Sundance Preserve staffs and operates the Sundance Nature Center, which provides visitors with opportunities to explore, discover and learn about the spectacular mountain environment found at Sundance. Each season, the Nature Center offers a wide variety of field trips, lectures, guided hikes, snowshoe tours, and many other vibrant nature programs. The center is open daily from 10-4 and includes interpretive signage and spectacular photography, provided by Utah’s most gifted photographers, a kid’s station with educational activities for all ages, and opportunities to sign up for our ongoing nature programs.
Conservation Easements have become the bedrock for preservation in the North Fork canyon. To date, the not-for-profit Sundance Preserve has worked to protect close to 3,000 acres of land at Sundance. Conservation easements forever protect canyon lands, alpine meadows, spruce fir forests, aspen groves and important riparian areas. The land is protected for open space, watershed protection, and wildlife habitat.
ABOUT SUNDANCE RESORT
Nestled at the base of 12,000-foot Mt. Timpanogos, the Sundance Resort is a 5,000-acre destination resort, committed to maintaining the balance of art, nature and recreation. Sundance offers diverse mountain recreation experiences and encourages the cultivation of art and self-expression, as well as the preservation of the land. Created by Robert Redford, Sundance is a haven for discovery and inspiration, featuring 100 well-appointed cottages and homes consistent with the Sundance brand. The Sundance family of companies includes the Sundance Resort, Sundance Institute, Sundance Channel, Sundance Cinemas and Sundance Catalog. For more information on Sundance, call 801-225-4107 or visit our website, www.sundanceresort.com.