“The biggest risk to the planet is the belief that someone else will save it.”
Robert Swan, Climate Activist

5 Areas of Focus to Reduce Our Footprint

1) Reducing Use of Unrecycled Materials

  • Iconic Birkie week bibs will be made from 100% recycled plastic
  • Material is made in the USA, sewn into bibs at Borah in Lacrosse, Wi.
  • Each bib = approx. 5.5 plastic water bottles
  • 65,000+ water bottles per year kept out of landfills.
  • Collection bins at changing tent, offer future recycling.


2) Increase our reliance on renewable energy

  • Solar arrays installed at the Birkie office and OO Johnson Center, producing more than 100% of annual electricity needs for the locations.
  • Developing long term plan for solar installations at other locations.
  • 100% of electricity sourced from renewable energy by 2026.

TruNorth Solar

3) Reduce and Offset Our Harmful Carbon Production


4) Reduce Waste, Choose Positive Environmental Alternative

  • Electric Car chargers at most popular trailheads.
  • Over 10,000 reusable Birkie gear bags in use, have kept 20,000 plastic bags out of landfills.
  • Solar lighting at our aid stations.
  • All race guides, maps, Birch Scroll etc… either switching completely to digital or digital option encouraged.
  • Birkie Store moving to recycled material items wherever possible.

5) Build Sustainable Structures

  • New Base Camp at Mt. Telemark Village planned to be LEED Certified building.
  • Using materials sourced from our property whenever we can in new structures.
  • Re-using materials from old Telemark Lodge throughout Birkie properties.

Future Sustainability Goals

100% Renewable Energy

Carbon Neutral Organization

Zero Landfill Organization

Only Eco-Friendly Products Offered For Sale or Event Swag