Boyne Mountain Resort Environmental Sustainability Management Plan (2009)

Client Organization: 
Boyne Mountain Resort
Project Location : 
Boyne Falls, MI
Summary of Project Idea: 

The purpose of this project was to design a site-specific environmental design and management plan for Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls, Michigan using the National Ski Areas Association's Sustainable Slopes Environmental Charter as a guide.  The overall goal of this project was to supply our client resort with a set of practical recommendations such that it could drastically improve its environmental impact by implementing the project plan. The master's project team organized its work along four objectives: reduce energy, water, and waste; minimize ecosystem impacts through sustainable design; enhance consumer and employee education; and demonstrate the financial impact of implementation. The phases of the project were to research and define the industry's best practices, research and assess Boyne's current state practices, identify Boyne's priorities, and develop detailed recommendations for projects to implement. The end result was a bound sustainability plan given to Boyne's management team.

SEAS Program Areas: 
Conservation Ecology (Aquatic Sciences, Terrestrial Ecosystems, and Conservation Biology)
Sustainable Systems
SEAS Faculty Advisor: 
Chris Ellis
Master Students Involved in Project: 
  • Eric Bruski, MS Sustainable Systems 
  • Leonore Hijazi, MBA/MS Sustainable Systems 
  • Lauren Hoffman, MLA/MS Terrestrial Ecosystems
  • Laurel Martin, MBA/MS Sustainable Systems
  • Geoff Michael, MS Sustainable Systems
  • Imogen Taylor, MBA/MS Sustainable Systems
Project Status: 
Past Project