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 ScottProfessor, 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

Dr. Greg Dingle, Head of Sport Management Major and founding member of the La Trobe University Climate Network. Co-author Slippery Slope

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 GooseffProfessor, Associate Dean for Research, College of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Colorado at Boulder

Dr. Michelle RuttyAssistant Professor, Canada Research Chair, University of Waterloo, Canada

Dr. Robert SteigerAssociate 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

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