"From White To Green"

By KBJR News 1

November 3, 2011 Updated Nov 3, 2011 at 8:48 AM CDT

The goal of Sustainable Twin Ports is to teach Northland businesses how to better operate in an environmentally conscious fashion.

In this week's "Your Green Life" Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson visits with one business, which took advantage of the training, and shows us what they accomplished.

Since the 1970's Spirit Mountain's primary attraction has been skiing and snowboarding. But those are seasonal pursuits.
Within the past year as the Mountain expanded into an adventure park, they wanted to make sure their environmental footprint was as small as possible.
They began with the ticket office.

"This was actually one of our early sustainability efforts before the early adopters program...its specifically designed to minimize waste and energy consumption", said Gretchen Ransom. Safety & Sustainability at Spirit Mountain.

The building has more insulation than most conventional buildings to maintain heat and cold and the majority of the structure is made with recyclable materials.

The attractions at the adventure park were also built with the environment in mind.

Only a few trees were removed in the construction of this zipline.

"The terrain was very conducive to minimal takeout. Then they took care of treating the area after we got finished with the construction. They replanted seed to minimize any kinds of runoff or erosion",
said Gretchen.

Spirit Mountain also uses solar lighting to illuminate paths around the park. Going from white to green has been a worthy goal for Spirit Mountain.
In Duluth, Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson, the Northlands Newscenter.

Over the next several years Spirit Mountain plans to adopt renewable energy technologies such as solar and wind to help reduce their energy costs.