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Stowe Wins Silver Eagle Award

CLIF® BAR, the leading organic-certified energy bar, has recognized Stowe Mountain Resort with a 2009 Silver Eagle Award for Environmental Excellence. The award hails Stowe for its leadership and innovation in waste reduction and recycling. Stowe Mountain Resort developed a stand-out waste reduction program by highlighting the power of food. The composting plan delivers impressive results—enjoying an 84.5 percent diversion rate. Stowe’s program works with a local farmer who turns the food waste into soil nutrient. This has converted more than 102 tons of organic matter into compost and recycled 82 tons of waste.

Established in 1993, the Golden and Silver Eagle Awards for Environmental Excellence recognize the environmental achievements of ski areas in the United States and Canada. Clif Bar & Company, which employs wind energy, biodiesel, waste reduction and other initiatives to reduce its own footprint on the planet, is the administrator of the awards program.

“We’re pleased to be part of the ski industry’s ongoing efforts to fight climate change and help save our snow” said Ricardo Balazs, sports marketing experience manager for Clif Bar & Company, which sponsored the awards. “The incredible work being done on the part of this year’s applicants will hopefully inspire others to take action and protect the places where we play.”

Judges for this year’s awards include: Michael Berry, NSAA president; Jon Steelman, National Resources Defense Council; Hank Cauley, The Pew Charitable Trusts; Kirk Mills, Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment; David Jaber, Indigenous Permaculture; Patrick Nye, Bonneville Environmental Foundation; Judy Dorsey, The Brendle Group; and Elysa Hammond, ecologist, Clif Bar & Company.