The Granlibakken Resort, which includes a conference center, ski area, hotel, banquet facility, and restaurant, covers 74 wooded acres in a scenic mountain valley. Granlibakken has worked to preserve the area’s natural environment through waste stream reduction, energy conservation, and water conservation. The company maintains separate bins for beverage bottles and cans, paper, cardboard, batteries and fluorescent light bulbs. Granlibakken continues to update lighting and appliances with more efficient systems, replacing over a thousand T12 and incandescent bulbs with T8 and compact fluorescent bulbs. They have replaced the conference center HVAC system, installed new refrigeration systems for walk-in freezers and coolers, and installed Intelli-Hood kitchen hood systems and controls to reduce energy usage. They implemented a water conservation program that has reduced their water consumption by 40%. Most recently, they started a program to replace thermostats on gas fireplaces with timers. The resort also makes an effort to decrease the number of vehicles on the road by utilizing the North Lake Tahoe Airport Shuttle service to transport guests to and from the airport. In the winter months, skiers can take free shuttles from Granlibakken to Alpine Meadows, Squaw Valley and Homewood Mountain Resort. Granlibakken has continued to be an active participant in forest management with a fully approved Tahoe Regional Planning Agency/Fire Department forest management plan that has reduced the risk of wildfire on the their land. The process is now used as a model by the North Tahoe Fire Protection District.
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