Sustainability. Environmental Stewardship. Historic Preservation. RLK and Company has operated Timberline Lodge since 1955. We possess a long-term commitment to people, to the environment, and to the preservation of National Historic Landmark Timberline Lodge.
Timberline supports renewable energy and is pleased to partner with the Bonneville Environmental Foundation to offer you an opportunity to offset the impact of your drive to the mountain by adding wind energy offsets to your lift ticket ($2) or season pass ($20). Volunteer BEF Wind Energy Offsets (previously referred to as “Green Tags”) contributions can be made upon purchasing your day ticket or season pass. The funds raised go to the Bonneville Environmental Foundation which funds efforts towards more clean, wind energy projects, in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It’s working! Over the course of the program’s existence, all of the resorts and individual skiers and snowboarders who have participated in the program have worked together to create over 7,000 megawatt hours of non-polluting wind energy. Theoretically, 9.8 million pounds of polluting CO2 were kept out of the atmosphere because Ski Green resorts such as Timberline came together with customers and the BEF to work on this program tailored for ski areas . One Wind Energy Offset represents a reduction of 1,500 pounds (approximately .07 metric tons) of greenhouse gas emissions by generating 1000 kWh of clean, wind energy. This is the equivalent to approximately 10 car trips to and from Portland and Mt. Hood. To learn more, visit SkiGreen.org.
We support the Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) through the purchase of renewable energy certificates or carbon offsets.
BEF blends the integrity, transparency and resourcefulness of the nonprofit world with the principles of a successful business. They strategically invest financial resources, knowledge and hard work to create meaningful and measurable changes in our nation’s use of energy and water resources.
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As operators of Timberline, we are dedicated to providing quality recreation within the capabilities of the ecosystem, and we enthusiastically accept the stewardship responsibility for the historic lodge and its surrounding environs. We particularly recognize that we are operating in a cherished natural landscape that is valued for its scenic, historic, recreational, cultural, and economic characteristics. After all, our success depends on these things.
We have embraced a comprehensive vision and approach to sustainability, recognizing a triple bottom line of “people, planet, and profit.” Our company-wide comittment is to light-on-the-land, best management practices, and to energy conservation and waste reduction throughout our operation. Sustainability here is integrated into our staff training and overall mission, as well as into the guest experience. It is a process of continual improvement, and incorporates partnering with various organizations as well as public outreach, education, and involvement.
Timberline is a charter member of the National Ski Area Association‘s Environmental Charter and Sustainable Slopes campaign. To prove to you that we are doing our part, and that we hold this privileged stewardship in high priority, we are third party eco-certified by the non-profit Sustainable Travel International. This internationally recognized certification program is aligned with the minimum baseline Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria (GSTC).
Because Timberline provides an opportunity to reconnect with nature as well as family and friends, the result can be more than just a memorable experience; it can be a renewal of the human spirit.
We believe in protecting the places we play, and we welcome you to get involved.
Timberline Lodge is a proud partner with the National Forest Foundation, and through this partnership we are able to our guest’s opportunities to get involved in volunteer days and travel philanthropy. The National Forest Foundation embodies the early spirit of the American conservation movement by empowering people to care for the natural resources they need and the wild places they love.
Our annual “Friends of the Forest Day” provides an opportunity for guests to volunteer here on the Mt. Hood National Forest. This past summer, trail volunteers pitched in to help with trail maintenance and applying a preservative stain to the cedar woodwork in our historic amphitheater.
Also, Timberline is a partner with the National Forest Foundation’s Ski Conservation Fund, a way for recreationalists to lend financial support for protecting the forest surrounding Timberline lodge. Every time a guest stays at Timberline, they have the option of donating $1 per room night to this fund. This money then becomes available for grants to local nonprofits to carry out restoration work on the Mt. Hood National Forest.
To learn more about the National Forest Foundation, visit their web site at www.nationalforests.org.
Timberline Lodge has completed Tier 2 of the Oregon Sustainable Business Challenge! As a result of our commitment to sustainable practices, we have achieved Gold status.
For more information on this program administered through Travel Oregon, visit their web site at: http://www.traveloregonforever.com/