In July of 2009, 3 high school freshmen formed GreenTree of Tulsa as an environmental group that would help reduce the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Our plan is to plant trees in Tulsa and surrounding areas to sequester Co2. While working on this project we came to realize that not only the planet and humans are affected, animals are also greatly affected. Climate change and high Co2 levels are severely harming the polar bear's habitats. Due to their dangerous situation, polar bears have become a large part of our project. Since July of 2009, GreenTree of Tulsa(GTOT) has planted over 2,150 trees to help save the polar bears and our environment.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Ski Areas Graded for Environmental Efforts

Over the Holidays I noticed the state of Colorado is also concerned about the environment. The Ski Area Citizens Coalition (SACC) has even devised a grading system that yearly assesses the resorts and gives them a grade based on 35 criteria. The SACC grades 92 ski areas nationwide on their environmental performance in four areas: habitat protection, protecting watersheds, addressing global climate change and environmental practices and policies. Attached is a link to the article Seeing the Forest for the Skis from Inside Outside magazine for a more in depth look.

The ski area we visit, Wolf Creek, has now converted all of their ski lifts to wind powered lifts. Old lifts were coal or gasoline powered and emitted fumes into the atmosphere. Wind powered lifts are not only clean and air friendly, they are using a free, renewable resource. Way to go!