Vice President David Gemme welcomed everyone to the first annual Lake Tahoe Eco Symposium presented by Sierra Green Building Association (SiGBA). He said the mission of SiGBA is to educate and promote environmental building and business practices for a sustainable lifestyle in the Sierra Nevada communities by:
- Advocating resource efficiency in all phases of the design, construction and operation of homes and businesses
- Providing educational resources and support in the areas of site development, energy, building materials, air, water and waste
- Coordinating networking opportunities and community events
Gemme noted the importance of community effort, especially ski resort development in Lake Tahoe. The first panel is led by JMA Ventures, the company that owns Alpine Meadows and Homewood Mountain Resort. Executive Vice President David Tirman discussed the principles and blueprint of the new Homewood Resort development master plan. The principles are to elevate environmental thresholds; become stewards of sustainable growth and enhance the resort for community development.
- goal to decrease overall coverage
- redevelop areas that are already developed
- recycle existing infrastructure (building, asphalt, concrete – SmartGrowth)
- Re-establish slope – 97% reduction in sediment
- Restored over 240,000 sf of restored dirt roads
- Re-introduce native vegetation
- Increase infiltration
Renewable Energy Sources
- Wind – micro turbines
- Solar – sun power
- Earth – geo thermal
- Water – micro hydro electric
- Give guests options! Dial-a-Ride, water taxi, shuttles, hybrid electric fleet (like Zip Cars!), bicycle fleet (gaudy colors, so they don’t get stolen!)
- 200 full time jobs
- Workforce housing
- Cultural & Community Center
A big problem in the past was runoff from the resort across Highway 89 into Lake Tahoe. Restorations have been made to reduce the runoff issues. Another issue was forest fuel management, an issue surrounding the Lake. Today, nearly 500 acres of forest have been treated which will improve the threat of wildfire in the region.
JMA Ventures began the plan with public outreach. Major concerns were:
- providing affordable/workforce housing – JMA will provide on-site housing & child care.
- public access – There will be open access & community center.
- density and scale of the development – JMA has reduced the amount of land that will be developed in the master plan.
The proposed North Base area will have underground parking to improve the aesthetics of the existing landscape. The plan pays much attention to working with all existing space, making sure areas, such as rooftops, are utilized in the development. There is a new proposed mid-mountain lodge – 14,000 square foot footprint.
Learn more at www.skihomewood.com/masterplan.