JUNE 19, 2014 BY 

Protect Our Winters is uniting Colorado community members, businesses and resorts to take meaningful action against climate change.

Of all the US states with winter tourism economies, Colorado has the most to lose with inconsistent winters, with almost 40,000 jobs and $1.2 billion in salaries at stake.

The goal of the initiative launched this spring is to unite Colorado winter sports enthusiasts, local businesses, resorts and community leaders under a single platform to be ready to take action together to protect Colorado’s winter tourism industry and resort communities from the effects of climate change.  The strength and power of the winter sports and resort communities lies in the fact that they are an economic driver for the state, leading Colorado’s robust tourism industry and accounting for $2.1 billion in annual economic impact.

“With so much at stake economically and it being one of POW’s strongest bases of support, it makes sense to mobilize Colorado’s passionate winter sports community to address climate change together,” said POW”s Executive Director, Chris Steinkamp.

POW’s team of campaign managers in Colorado is meeting individually with business partners and community leaders in Steamboat, and all Coloradans can sign up for the program at: www.protectourwinters.org/powcolorado. Own a business here in Steamboat?  Join other forward thinking companies and sign on to POW’s effort to reduce climate change’s effect on winter sports and mountain communities.

Protect Our Winters (POW) is the environmental center point of the winter sports community, united together towards a common goal of reducing climate change’s effects on our sport and mountain economies. Founded in 2007, POW re-invests contributions in educational initiatives, advocacy and supporting community-based programs. For more information, visit http://www.protectourwinters.org.