Understanding the impacts of climate change and the sustainability challenges at ski resorts in Vermont
LE3 .A278 2015
Bachelor of Arts
Envirironmental & Sustainability Studies
Environmental & Sustainability Studies
In Vermont, a small state in the Northeast United States, the various ski resorts across the mountainous state are increasingly becoming susceptible to changes in climate. Ski resorts are an important aspect of Vermont’s culture and economy, making it critical that the effects of climate change on these ski areas are studied. The purpose of this thesis was to gain a better understanding of the effects that climate change has on the ski resorts across Vermont and how resorts are managing the associated sustainability challenges. Qualitative research in the form of semi-‐structured interviews with ski area professionals from around the state led to an analysis of the impacts of climate change on ski resorts in Vermont and an assessment of their responses and mitigation efforts. Ski resorts in Vermont appear to have widespread knowledge and awareness of the effects of climate change on their ski resorts as well as their impacts on the environment. Despite this understanding, there is a separation between their knowledge and their actions, and more needs to be done by ski resorts in Vermont to mitigate their impacts on the environment as well as develop effective climate adaptation plans.
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