Thredbo go­ing ‘green’

Alpine News - - One The Slopes -

ONE IN 10 skiers to Thredbo now off­set their travel emis­sions through a world-first car­bon off­set­ting pro­gram.

Over the last two years, Green­fleet and Thredbo Re­sort have en­cour­aged skiers to pur­chase a tree for $4 when they or­der lift passes; with each tree off­set­ting the emis­sions gen­er­ated on the jour­ney to and from the slopes.

Green­fleet’s CEO, Wayne Wescott, said that the num­ber of peo­ple tak­ing up the off­set­ting pro­gram at Thredbo was sig­nif­i­cantly more than those who off­set their air­line flights.

“Skiers are nat­u­rally pas­sion­ate about their en­vi­ron­ment, and this world-first pro­gram is help­ing peo­ple to take per­sonal and prac­ti­cal ac­tion on cli­mate change while preserving the beau­ti­ful back­yard of Kosciuszko Na­tional Park,” Mr Wescott said.

Green­fleet, which has planted more than 8.6 mil­lion trees around Aus­tralia, uses the money raised to plant forests at sites in and around Thredbo, Jind­abyne and on the jour­ney to and from Syd­ney.

Th­ese forests not only cap­ture car­bon, but also re­store de­graded land and cre­ate new habi­tat for threat­ened species.

Thredbo gen­eral man­ager, Jor­dan Rodgers, said that in just two years their cus­tomers had help to plant more than one thou­sand trees in the area.

“This is a mean­ing­ful way for skiers to give back to the land they love, and pro­tect their sport at the same time,” Mr Rodgers said.

PHOTO: Thredbo

GREEN MA­CHINE: Guests trav­el­ling to Thredbo can off­set their travel emis­sions through a spe­cial pro­gram set up by Green­fleet for only $4.

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