Climate Change and Winter Sports
Winter Sports and Climate Change will take place at the University of Colorado at Boulder on Nov. 28. The conference will have a hybrid format, with possibility to intervene and follow in either format.
The United States has the world’s second-largest ski industry, following that of Europe. According to Protect Our Winters, however, the number of ski areas in the US has been steadily decreasing since , falling from over 700 in the 1980s, to approximately 460 today. operating ski areas to approximately 460 today. Slippery Slope estimated that because of rising temperatures only 11 of the 20 sites that have hosted a Winter Olympics would be able to do so in 2050. Yet, few seems seriously worried, with the 2022 Bejing Winter Olympics being the least susteinable ones, the 2029 Asian Winter Games attributed to Saudi Arabia (!) and excavators digging on the Theodul glacier in Zermatt for a race that could never take place.
The aim of the conference is to discuss, showcase and elaborate existing and possible future best practices.
For instance, the Climate Challenge program challenges resorts to track and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Save Our Snow tracks what ski areas globally are doing to reduce their CO2 emissions. CU has a program to reduce transit to Eldora.
Kindly register to participate in person or recieve the link to watch the webinar at a later date.
Among the speakers (in alphabetical order):
Auden Schendler, SVP Sustainability, Aspen Resorts
Dr. Dave Newport, Director, Environmental Center, University of Colorado-Boulder
Dr. Daniel Scott, Professor, Associate Chair, Graduate Studies and Director, Climate Change Programs, University of Waterloo, Canada
Geof Ochs, CEO, SYNC Performance
Sir. Graham Watson, Former Member of the European Parliament, founder and former Chairman of The Climate Parliament. Environmentalist-in-Residence at Massey College
Jesse Ritner, PhD candidate, University of Texas
Congressman Joe Neguse, Colorado’s 2nd District Representative in the U.S. Congress
Marca Hagenstad, Principal ESG consultant at Stantec
Mave Rubiano, Graduate student, University of Waterloo, Canada
Graduate student, University of Waterloo, Canada
Dr. Michael Gooseff, Professor, Associate Dean for Research, College of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Colorado at Boulder
Dr. Michelle Rutty, Assistant Professor, Canada Research Chair, University of Waterloo, Canada
Dr. Robert Steiger, Associate Professor, Faculty of Economics and Statistics, University of Innsbruck
The conference is part of “EWAS - Empowering Women in Alpine Skiing” international research network, financed by the European Commission's ERASMUS+ program.
Dr. Federiga Bindi (University of Rome Tor Vergata and University of Colorado - Boulder) serves as EWAS' PI.
Tuesday, November 28, 2023 at 9:00am to 5:00pm
University Memorial Center (UMC)
1669 Euclid Avenue, Boulder, CO 80309