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Green Initiatives

Seven Springs Mountain Resort fosters environmental stewardship in all resort operations and facilities through a carefully planned program of sound resource management and environmental protection. The resort is committed to developing sustainable forward-thinking practices, and promoting personal responsibility in recycling and conserving natural resources.

With the help of the Natural Resources Defense Council, a nationally recognized authority on environmental studies, Seven Springs performed an extensive review of the resort’s energy consumption and operating procedures.

Gift For Green

The less water, energy and other resources we use, the more there is to go around. Reward yourself with a resort credit at Seven Springs Mountain Resort for each night you opt-out of housekeeping services when staying in the hotel. Our gift to you for being green!

  • To participate in the Gift for Green program and be eligible for the $5 gift card, please let the front desk know during check-in that you're interested in opting-in.
  • You are not eligible to participate in the program on the day of departure; it is only on stayover nights. Please note: the $5 gift card is only valid at the time of purchase and cannot be combined with any other offers.
  • If you opt-in to the Gift for Green program, housekeeping services will not be available for your stay.
  • If you opt-out of the program, but still want to conserve water and energy, you can hang your towels that you want to reuse. For fresh towels, please leave them on the floor.

Recycling & Waste Reduction

Seven Springs is committed to sustainable forward-thinking practices through recycling and waste reduction. Employees and guests alike are reducing waste through various avenues provided by the resort.

We make recycling easy for our guests and employees! We have 16 sets of recycling containers in the Hotel Lobby, at each elevator landing, and on lodge-side hallways plus additional recycling containers on the ski slopes and trails.

Recycling Totals

  • 33.4 tons of paper, plastic and glass
  • 25.45 tons of metal
  • 11.41 tons of tires
  • 646 pounds of batteries
  • 4,646 light bulbs
  • 13,650 pounds of cooking oil

Every year, we also collect and store more than 1,000 gallons of motor oil each year from the vehicle maintenance area and use it to fuel heaters in the snowmaking maintenance area.

As we continue to make big improvements to the resort each year, we repurpose materials left over from renovation projects to use for other projects throughout the resort.

Energy Conservation

By replacing numerous light fixtures throughout the resort and adding the SolarBee in Lake Tahoe we are conserving energy resort wide.

  • Installed the SolarBee solar panel in Lake Tahoe, to help temper the water for more efficient snowmaking.
  • Replaced numerous lighting fixtures and more than 3,000 inefficient T12 fluorescent light bulbs in favor of T5 light bulbs, reducing the average wattage used from 75 to 25.
  • Converted 300 exit signs from 40-watts to 1-watt bulbs.
  • Grand Ballroom renovations and new lights fixtures resulted total watts used from 12,448w to 2,968 (dif = 9,480W, decreased by factor 4).
  • Main Lodge hallway renovations dropped watts used from 1,536 to 288.
  • In 2015, in order to transport guests throughout the expansive resort, Seven Springs purchased five new 21-passenger propane-fueled shuttle buses. Designed by ROUSH CleanTech, the new bus fleet of Ford 6.8L V10 vehicles greatly reduces emissions on the mountain as propane autogas in a cleaner burning fuel with less harmful emissions. Each new bus offers excellent horsepower, torque and towing capacity, required for the difficult winter mountain routes. The new shuttle buses emit 20% less nitrogen oxide, 60% less carbon monoxide, and 24% fewer greenhouse gas emissions, and fewer particulate emissions.

Water Usage

In addition to conserving energy, Seven Springs is changing the way we use our most precious resource. Efforts to reduce water usage have saved millions of gallons of water.

  • By adjusting washing machine cycles, the resort saves 311,784 gallons of water each year.
  • Changed more than 400 shower heads to low-flow models, reducing average flow from five gallons per minute to two and a half.
  • Encourage guests to use towels and washcloths more than once and giving them the option of having their sheets replaced after their stay is complete.
  • Developed a non-potable wastewater treatment system to recycle the treated water and returning it to drainage areas for recharge of the aquifer.
  • The installation of the shower heads, along with the linen service options and the closed-circuit snowmaking system, allowed Seven Springs to save 3.6 million gallons of water each year.
  • In conjunction with the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society, constructed a rain garden to allow storm water to soak into the ground instead of flowing into storm drains and ultimately into streams. Runoff causes erosion, pollution and flooding.
  • Reduced repetitive, unnecessary wash cycles, which saved 18 minutes and approximately 75 gallons per load.

Paper Usage

Seven Springs is committed to purchasing and using post-consumer paper products and eliminating the use of styrofoam products.

  • Purchase and support post-consumer products.
  • At the golf course and in the ski lodge, meals are served in reusable baskets and recyclable liners.
  • We have also switched to 100% recycled toilet paper and 45% recycled material hand towels in our restrooms throughout the resort.
  • Eliminated the use of Styrofoam products in favor of biodegradable products.
    • Through our aggressive waste reduction plan, Seven Springs prevented the disposal of 1.2 million pieces of Styrofoam. While Styrofoam takes over 100 years to decompose, the new biodegradable containers can decompose to 64% in just 180 days.

Clean the World

Seven Springs is pleased to support Clean the World, the largest global recycler of hotel amenities.

Clean the World has launched a global hygiene revolution, distributing more than 12 million bars of soap to children and families in the United States, Canada and more than 67 countries worldwide, while also fulfilling an environmental mission by collecting 750 tons of hotel waste from polluting landfills in the United States and Canada.

2017 Year to Date Totals

  • Pounds of Waste Collected
  • 1,085
  • Soap Bars Distributed
  • 3,646
  • Pounds of Plastic Recycled
  • 301
  • Plastic Bottles to Hygiene Kits
  • 803

Historical Totals - Since 2013

  • Pounds of Waste Collected
  • 5,278
  • Soap Bars Distributed
  • 18,067
  • Pounds of Plastic Recycled
  • 1,418
  • Plastic Bottles to Hygiene Kits
  • 3,781

Snowmaking & Slope Activities

  • Created a virtually closed loop water system for snowmaking.
    • Captured in a series of collector ponds at the base of the mountain, which are filled from rain, run-off and melting snow
  • Installed energy-efficient, low-emission air compressors
  • Developed snow guns to achieve the most efficient water to air ratio in the industry and significantly lower the need for compressed air.
    • In 2010, we replaced diesel compressors with energy efficient electric compressors. The old compressors typically used 100,000 gallons of fuel each ski season.
  • Identified areas to run low-energy, gravity-fed snow guns to make snow without operating pumps.

No-Power Mountain Adventures

Seven Springs lives and breathes the outdoors! We offer endless fun outdoors with no-power activities including the new Laurel Ridgeline Canopy Experience, Screaming Hawk Zipline, summer tubing, the Alpine Slide, hiking and biking in the beautiful Laurel Highlands.

Silver Eagle Award

The National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) has presented Seven Springs Mountain Resort with the 2009 Silver Eagle Award for Excellence in Water Conservation/Water Quality by a ski resort.

The National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) has presented Seven Springs Mountain Resort with the 2009 Silver Eagle Award for Excellence in Water Conservation/Water Quality by a ski resort. The award hails Pennsylvania’s largest ski resort for its overall water usage and conservation techniques.

The 2009 Golden Eagle Awards for Environmental Excellence were announced Wed., May 13, during the NSAA National Convention and Tradeshow. Established in 1993, the Golden Eagle Awards recognize the environmental achievements of ski areas. The awards honor members of the NSAA, which represents the majority of ski area owners and operators in North America.

With the help of the Natural Resources Defense Council, a nationally-recognized authority on environmental studies, Seven Springs took a look at the resort’s overall resource and water usage and identified the areas that had the highest impact to overall consumption. These areas were its guest rooms and internal water usage.

To address the water usage in the guest rooms, 418 showerheads were replaced with low flow models, which cut the usage in half from five gallons per minute to two and a half gallons. Continued renovation to the resort will also include the installation of high-efficiency toilets and the use of waterless urinals in public restrooms.

To reduce the water and energy used for linen services, the hotel’s management team developed a program that allows resort guests to opt out of having their towels and washcloths replaced daily. The next steps in this program include expanding the program to allow them to opt out of replacing the bed sheets if their stay is longer than two days.

Seven Springs has also developed a potable water system that recycles water by treating and returning it back to drainage areas to recharge its sources. The next steps to this plan include expanding the water system in order to maintain a self-sufficient water supply for the resort.

Seven Springs has also developed a virtually closed-circuit water system for snowmaking. The water used for snowmaking is captured in a series of collector ponds at the base of the mountain, which are filled by rain, run-off and melting snow. During the snowmaking process, the water is pumped to the top of the mountain and then with the help of gravity, which minimizes energy use, it is supplied to more than 900 snowmaking towers on the mountain. The water is stored on the slopes in the form of snow until the melting process returns it through channels to the collector ponds for the process to begin again.

The installation of the low flow showerheads, along with the linen service options and the closed-circuit snowmaking system allowed Seven Springs to save 3.6 million gallons of water for the year 2008.

Seven Springs was also commended as a finalist for the Silver Eagle Award for Excellence in Energy Conservation/Clean Energy for its innovative snowmaking technique involving a solar panel.

The resort uses a 12-acre onsite reservoir, Lake Tahoe, for its main source of snowmaking water. The water must be maintained at a temperature of 39 degrees Fahrenheit, where water is most dense, while being pumped through the snowmaking nozzles. The resort tried using fountains to keep that water at the optimal snowmaking temperature, but the process was marginally successful.

The resort partnered with SolarBee, a world leader in circulating water in lakes, reservoirs and potable water tanks to improve water quality, to design a remedy. This resulted in the installation of a single solar-powered SB10000v12 unit, specifying optimal placement in the water as well as the most efficient intake depth settings. The SolarBee was successfully installed on October 30, 2008.

Capable of circulating 10,000 gallons per minute, the SolarBee circulates cold water from the bottom of the lake, enabling it to be fed directly to the pumps for the snowmaking process. The durable SolarBee provides day and night operation, enabling Seven Springs to make snow with ease. As a result, the resort can stay open for business whether natural snow is falling or not.

Rain Garden

In the spring of 2009, Seven Springs Mountain Resort further demonstrated its commitment to protecting and sustaining the beautiful environment that surrounds Pennsylvania’s largest resort.

Seven Springs partnered with the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society to demonstrate how even the installation of a rain garden can help reverse years of damage to an otherwise overlooked area.

A small patch of land adjacent to the Skier Services Building was selected for this restoration project as it was often times washed out after a heavy rainfall and the storm drainage from the lodge’s roof. The purpose of a rain garden is to allow stormwater to soak into the ground instead of flowing into storm drains and ultimately into streams. Runoff causes erosion, pollution, and flooding. Rain gardens help to minimize these negative impacts as well as enhance the beauty of a property.

On Mon., Sept. 21, 2009, Seven Springs’ Director of Ski Patrol Dick Barron, Sara Thompson from Pittsburgh-based landscape architecture firm Pashel Associates and a few contractors began installing the Seven Springs rain garden. Three days later, construction and planting were completed by volunteers of the Pennsylvania Recreation and Parks Society (PASHEK) Conference Committee. The new beautiful rain garden contains regional plants and flowers including black-eyed Susan, blue wild indigo, purple cone flower, dwarf blue star and New England aster.

The 2010 PRPS Conference, “Keeping Pennsylvania Green,” was held at Seven Springs March 19 – 21, 2010. In preparation for this, the Conference Committee decided to do a service project to leave the conference site a little greener and to illustrate the benefits of rain gardens and sustainable design.

The PRPS Conference Committee created this service project; however, there were many other key players in creating the rain garden. Seven Springs was a major contributor, donating materials, equipment and contractor services. Pashek Associates donated design services for the rain garden and the interpretive sign. Pannier Graphics constructed the interpretive sign, and Eisler Landscapes donated all the plants for the rain garden.

The resort is committed to developing sustainable forward-thinking practices, and promoting personal responsibility in recycling and conserving natural resources. This commitment earned Seven Springs the National Ski Areas Association’s 2009 Silver Eagle Award for Excellence in Water Conservation/Water Quality by a ski resort. The award commends Seven Springs for its overall water usage and conservation techniques. Seven Springs was also selected as a finalist for the Silver Eagle Award for Excellence in Energy Conservation/Clean Energy for its innovative snowmaking technique involving a solar panel.