Wednesday, October 15, 2014

10 ways you can use less plastic every day

With plastic constituting approximately 90 percent of all trash floating on the ocean’s surface, it is a serious threat to ocean water quality, to the diverse sea life that inhabit the oceans and to us. 

Change begins onshore, so here are 10 simple ways we all can reduce our use of plastic in our lives: 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

CLIF® Bar Gives Back to Protect Our Winters With Seasonal Flavors

EMERYVILLE, Calif.--( Oct 7, 2014)--CLIF® Bar announces the return of its highly anticipated seasonal flavors. Made with a nutritious blend of organic rolled oats and wholesome ingredients, CLIF Bar seasonal flavors spread the spirit of giving by delivering delicious, holiday-inspired nutrition for sustained energy, and donating a portion of proceeds to the not-for-profit organization Protect Our Winters.
“It’s a natural partnership as we are both committed to fight climate change through education, activism and support of community-based initiatives.”
Now in its 12th year, the limited-edition CLIF Bar seasonal lineup includes Iced Gingerbread, Pecan Pie and Spiced Pumpkin Pie. All three seasonal flavors are available nationwide while supplies last (SRP $1.39).
“Whether it’s the first coat of wax on your skis or unpacking the cold-weather hiking gear, everyone has one thing that signals the official start of the winter holidays. For many of us, it’s the return of CLIF Bar seasonal flavors,” said CLIF Bar Brand Director, Dan Hickle. "We’re excited to share the holiday experience with athletes and adventurers and continue our partnership with Protect Our Winters.”
CLIF Bar will donate one percent of net seasonal sales to Protect Our Winters, a not-for-profit organization fighting against climate change. CLIF Bar and Protect Our Winters are dedicated to educating, engaging and mobilizing the winter sports community to protect the places we play.
“CLIF Bar’s continued support has a huge impact for us,” said professional snowboarder and Protect Our Winters founder, Jeremy Jones. “It’s a natural partnership as we are both committed to fight climate change through education, activism and support of community-based initiatives.”
Like all CLIF Bar flavors, Iced Gingerbread, Pecan Pie and Spiced Pumpkin Pie are made with 70 percent organic ingredients and are a good source of protein. All Clif Bar & Company foods have zero grams trans fat, and do not contain partially-hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors or synthetic preservatives. In addition, Clif Bar & Company sources ingredients that are not genetically engineered.
About Clif Bar & Company
Clif Bar & Company is a leading maker of nutritious and organic foods and drinks, including CLIF® Bar energy bar, LUNA®, The Whole Nutrition Bar for Women®; and CLIF Kid®, Nourishing Kids in Motion®. Focused on sports nutrition and snacks for adventure, the family and employee-owned company is committed to sustaining its people, brands, business, community and planet. For more information on Clif Bar & Company, please, check out our Facebook page at and follow us on Twitter at:

Monday, September 29, 2014

Mt Abram Ski Area begins installation of large solar array

GREENWOOD, ME- September 24, 2014. Mt Abram, Maine has begun construction on a 244.915 Kw, 803 panel, photovoltaic solar project. Expected to produce in excess of 280,000 kWh annually, the array will offset approximately 70% of the ski area’s annual electricity consumption.

In the summer of 2013, the USDA awarded Mt Abram a 25% matching grant, up to $235,000, from the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). Payback on the project is expected at 4.5 years.   

“Commitments to on-site, renewable initiatives insulate the ski area from escalating energy costs. Over two thirds of our electricity requirements become indefinitely fixed,” said Mt Abram co-owner Matt Hancock. “The 'SolGen' Project continues the advancement of our Clean Energy Game plan – utilizing abundant, local, and readily available resources wherever and whenever possible. We are making every effort to effectuate colder, snowier winters.”

Earlier this summer, Mt Abram announced a snow making infrastructure project to greatly improve the energy efficiency of the system while increasing water flow and pressure to better adapt to a late starting winter and unwanted weather events. In recent years, the ski area has upgraded its on-hill snow making guns to Low E towers, switched to a wood pellet heating system - eliminating the use of #2 heating oil and became the second ski area in North America to install Electric Vehicle chargers.

“We are extremely excited to continue to support Mt Abram as Maine's sustainable mountain playground.” said Dave Scanlan, Mt Abram General Manager and Mountain Rider’s Alliance Co-founder. “Stabilizing this significant cost allows ever more attention to enhancing the skiing and riding experience. Outdoor winter enthusiasts care about our snow surface but they have become increasingly discerning about the practices we apply to create the surface.”

There will be an official commissioning ceremony, followed by a tour of Mt Abram’s other environmental initiatives on November 6 from 11 am to 12:30 pm. Members of the press and public are cordially invited to attend.

About Mt Abram:
In operation since 1960, Mt Abram has long been a favorite learn to ski mountain as well as being one of Maine’s favorite mountains for racing and exploring off-piste terrain. Located 70 miles from Portland, the ski area offers 49 trails and five lifts, a vertical drop of 1,150 feet, and Maine’s longest tubing park. Many cherish the friendly ambiance created from the multigenerational families that call the mountain home for the winter season. Winner of the 2012 Golden Eagle Award for Environmental Excellence, ski operations are managed by the Mountain Rider’s Alliance.

All media inquiries, please contact Jamie Schectman at

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Tesla's $5bn Gigafactory looks even cooler than expected, will create 22,000 jobs

A bit off the topic of snowboarding but front and center of environmental consciousness is news of Tesla's $5bn Gigafactory set to take shape in Nevada, close to where I snowboard every winter. Check it out here.... Tesla's $5bn Gigafactory looks even cooler than expected, will create 22,000 jobs : TreeHugger:

Friday, September 5, 2014

snowboard green / mizu water bottles are in!

snowboard green / mizu water bottles are in! email me (grant@snowboardgreen [dot] com) if you would like one! $20 + shipping!