May 2016 Sustainability Series: Sustaining our Snowpack
The Alliance Center
Denver, CO
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Colorado's population is projected to double by 2050. Coloradans have long loved their mountains and a large motivation for people flocking to our beautiful state is the outdoor recreation. As the mountains warm and the winter snowpack melts into the spring run off, one cant help but notice the volatility of this season.Ski areas represent a $4.8 billion annual impact in Colorado's economy and account for 46,000 local jobs.  Their success and long term viability relies on  good snow pack and we have all experienced the inconsistent and changing weather recently.

How are Colorado resorts adapting to the changing conditions in Colorado and across the globe? How are they addressing mitigation in step with adaptation? What impacts are they experiencing from climate change and what do they foresee coming in the future? How do they power their lifts and restaurants, snowmobiles etc.?  What are their plans for a clean energy future for their resorts?

Join us on 5/3/16 to explore these topics as the ski season come to a close for this year and we get out our summer gear.

You will hear from:

Jorge Rivera from George Washington University will present the academic side of this concept and will describe the result of  a 25 years study examining how ski resorts in the west manage climate change uncertainty.

Judy Dorsey, founding President and Principal engineer of Brendle Group, will share 15 years of real life sustainability applications that Brendle Group has implemented as consultants of NSAAs Sustainable Slopes, the NSAA Climate Challenge, and leading ski areas throughout the US including A-Basin, Aspen, Alta, Jackson Hole, Taos, and Steamboat.

Sha Miklas, Environmental Manager & Guest Services Manager for Arapahoe Basin ski area will conclude the presentation, speaking to the actual application of sustainability practices at A-Basin, one of the treasures of the local ski community.

Light refreshments and beverages provided by Serendipity Catering.
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The Alliance Center (View)
1536 Wynkoop Street
Denver, CO 80202
United States



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Dog Friendly: Yes!
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