“If we can’t change one person’s point of view, how are we supposed to change everyones?” Greg Hill enthusiastically stated in his sustainable skiing film, “Electric Greg.” 

In 2010, mountain endurance athlete Hill completed the amazing feat of climbing 2 million vertical feet in a single calendar year. His passion didn’t stop there. Hill proceeded to set out on a mission to summit 100 different peaks without burning any fossil fuels. Hill had begun to realize that his mountain adventures were coming at a price, and, in the film “Electric Greg”, he hoped to raise awareness of the environmental impacts of our adventures.  

“Electric Greg” was one of the three films shown last Wednesday, Feb. 5 in the Procrastinator Theater. The films were part of the Green Circle event for easy sustainability sponsored by the MSU Office of Sustainability, Bridger Bowl, Big Sky, the Western Transportation Institute and the Bozeman Commuter Project. 

The event showed two other films, “2.5 Million” and “From the Road.” In the movie “2.5 Million”, professional skier Aaron Rice successfully breaks Greg Hill’s record of two million vertical feet climbed in a year by climbing a mighty 2.5 million human-powered feet in one calendar year. Finally, “From the Road”, discussed the sport of backcountry skiing, as well as its many human limitations and liberations. It followed a skier’s personal journey through the unique perspective of professional ski guide, Eric Henderson. The film focuses on Hendersen’s second skiing attempt at Meteorite Peak in Valdez, AK after breaking his neck on his first descent. 

Anna Price, the Alternative Transportation Program Manager at the Office of Sustainability said, “The goal of this event is to get more people signed up for the Bozeman Commuter Project. It is a really great organization that should have more recognition.” 

The Bozeman Commuter Project is a local project that is rethinking transportation in the Bozeman community. The website and phone app both help community members explore possible transportation methods that are available to them, such as the Streamline buses, walking and biking routes and even carpool partners. Utilizing these methods of transport help individuals save money, reduce their carbon footprint and possibly meet a fellow Bozemanite. 

“The Bozeman Commuter Project gives individuals something they can do to make a difference,” Matt Madsen, a Technical Research Associate at the Western Transportation Institute said before the films began showing. 

In between films, guests of the event were lucky enough to hear from Bridger Bowl’s Director of Sustainability, Bonnie Hickey, and Big Sky’s Sustainability Director, Kryn Dykema. They each talked about the important steps towards sustainability that their respective ski resorts are taking in order to lessen the human impact on each mountain.

As the evening finished, guests closely listened to the transportation and sustainability experts and excitedly watched scenes of skiing flash before their eyes. 

Be sure to check out bozemancommute.org to look at routes and carpool options near you and keep your eye on the Office of Sustainability for more exciting events geared towards making the community we love a more sustainable place.

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