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Sherpas Cinema and NativeEnergy team up for “All.I.Can”

Posted by Owen Glubiak on Jun 28, 2011
Tags: events & sponsorships

Few people, and few Vermonters for that matter, have gotten the chance to stare a full grown moose in the eyes. On May 25 at 6am, Jeff Bernicke, NativeEnergy’s President and COO, and I were fortunate enough to come across an adult male casually eating his breakfast on the side of the road. I couldn’t help but think that it was an omen of what was to come. I’ve known plenty of people who have lived in Vermont all their lives and never seen a moose. Now I am not a superstitious person, but on that morning I knew it was going to be a good day. And on that day, Jeff and I became movie stars…

Our partner Sherpas Cinema asked us to be part of their new eco-ski film “All.I.Can.” As a ski film production company, Sherpas Cinema has seen firsthand how their passion for hitting the slopes has been affected by climate change. Using their talents as producers, they decided to create a film that builds awareness of the effects of climate change on the ski industry and the world.

“When it comes to the environment, there is a staggering population of people who want to help but don't know how,” said Malcolm Sangster, Sherpas’ Co-Owner/Producer. “They feel confused and uneducated about the whole issue. We have felt the same and got into this project so we could learn from people who know what they're talking about and present solutions in an inspiring and compelling manner. We need to think forward, do more, not less, and protect the environments we love to play in.”

To make sure Sherpas was doing their part as a company, they asked us to calculate the footprint of producing the film and provide carbon offsets to neutralize those greenhouse gas emissions. But that wasn’t all. They also wanted to feature our story in the film to showcase one of the many ways that viewers can reduce greenhouse gas emissions. So Jeff and I gladly agreed to set up an interview. We chose Bolton Valley, a ski resort about 45 minutes from our office, as the site for a movie shoot, since it uses wind energy. 

The morning sun was shining, and cool temperatures made it an ideal day for a hike to the summit. Our destination was the wind turbine at the top of the mountain. Battling through black flies, gusty winds, and periods of clouds, Jeff gave a stellar performance. Check out the full feature film when it is released in Fall 2011.

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