Our Commitment to Net Zero Emissions and Building a Sustainable Tomorrow

Boyne Resorts recognizes human-driven climate change as an urgent issue for the world, as well as for the SnowSports industry. In early 2021, we formalized commitments to climate action and announced our ForeverProject. 

ForeverProject is an initiative to attain a sustainable tomorrow through collaboration, by positively affecting the lasting impact our resorts, team members, and guests have on the planet. 


    • Achieve net zero emissions by 2030:Read our ForeverProject 2030 Master Plan here
    • Power all operations with 100% clean electricity 
    • Reduce dependence on carbon-based fuels in existing buildings through energy efficiency upgrades and electrification 
    • Develop and implement high-efficiency green building standards for design and construction of new facility and real estate projects  
    • Upgrade our lift networks, installing the most technologically advanced lifts, and enhancing the energy efficiency of lift houses  
    • Install low-energy equipment while expanding snowmaking  
    • Add on-site renewable energy generation projects  
    • Monitor emerging technologies to identify opportunities to maximize efficiency and electrification of fleet vehicles and equipment 
    • Seek partnerships with local and/or meaningful programs to sequester carbon  
    • Expand composting efforts by sorting post-consumer compostables in the food court during the 2022-23 season increasing diversion rate by over 600% from previous year
    • Enhance recycling through increased availability around property for guests and team members to participate as well as educational training for team members
    • Partner with non-profit organizations to donate items, from uniforms to equipment 
    • Participate in roadside clean up annually, and host ForeverProject on-mountain clean up each spring and fall 
    • Protect and limit disturbances to wildlife habitats, forests, and wetland ecosystems, and commit to plant a tree for every tree removed
    • Conserve water through installing low-flow plumbing fixtures in Main Lodge and actively monitor soil moisture on golf courses to reduce the frequency of irrigation
    • Educate team members on the purpose of specific plans and encourage their input and ideas through monthly ForeverProject Team meetings
    • Be a leader in the community, helping to educate other local businesses about sustainability and welcoming their participation in initiatives, like Thriving Petoskey
    • Advocate at local, regional, and national levels for policies that promote climate solutions as a member of Citizen's Climate Lobby and Michigan Recycling Coalition
    • Invest in Team Member housing to address local housing shortages 
    • Encourage and provide options to team members to utilize sustainable modes of transportation 
    • Offer affordable daycare to team members
    • Develop great people.
    • Promote carpooling and sustainable transportation options to and from our property
    • Collaborate with local and regional non-profits, government agencies, and community organizations 

Highlands Future - 2030

We have mapped a transformation for the years to come, one we mean to achieve in the most sustainable way possible, through what we call the ForeverProject. The late, great founder of this story, Everett Kircher, once said, “You have to make improvements. Otherwise, you won’t make progress.” So here we go, we’re building a better future, sharing every step as we go. Most of all, we’re making more room for the stories that will transform people’s lives forever.

Latest News

  • Good For Michigan Award

    Good For Environment

    The Environment category celebrates a company's overall environmental stewardship, including how the company manages general environmental impacts as well as specific topics like climate, water use and sustainability, and impacts on land and life.

  • ForeverProject Day 2022

    Across Boyne Resorts, we are celebrating ForeverProject Day with mini-sustainable projects to enhance sustainability and recycling efforts. From trash clean-up to planting native Michigan wildflowers, The Highlands Team embodied ForeverProject!

  • Offset Your Trip

    One of the major steps The Highlands has taken in reaching our 2030 net-zero emissions goal is to partner with Tradewater to offset emissions from our operation.

Guiding Principles

Mindful Efficiency

Mindful Efficiency

Create and maintain a culture of reduction: energy use, waste output, water impact; balanced with maximized utilization of our human, technological, natural, and financial resources.

Tireless Conservation

Tireless Conservation

Protect the natural environment unwaveringly, ensuring proper use for purposes related to outdoor recreation, and preserving or rehabilitating the land over which we are stewards.

Innovative Collaboration

Innovative Collaboration

Support and reward outreach and partnerships that extend beyond all traditional boundaries, providing deeply valuable impact among our team members, and in our communities, industry, and environment for the long term.

Climate Awards

  • Climate Action Award 2020
  • Climate Action Award 2020

Making a Difference

Boyne Resorts is committed to a goal of reducing carbon emissions to net zero throughout our North American operations by 2030.