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Sustainability Watch

The annual Ski Area Environmental Scorecard just handed out a lot of D's after finding out that 27 of the 84 Western resorts surveyed announced expansions in 2012. "Far and away the biggest environmental impact that a ski area can have is to expand into virgin terrain," said Joshua Pollock with Rocky Mountain Wild, although Vail Resorts and others counter that the scorecard is "non-scientific" and focuses too much on land development. [Denver Post]