Here are today's top headlines:
Danish innovation: Architect Bjarke Ingels has designed an enormous, whimsical, completely unique synthetic ski slope atop a waste-to-energy plant in Copenhagen. [Outside Online]
New record: With the help of groups like the North Carolina Outdoor Recreation Industry Office, Great Smoky Mountains National Park on the North Carolina-Tennessee border saw a record 12.5 million visitors last year, a boon to the local economy. [Citizen Times]
Slumping numbers: Emerald Expositions Events, Inc., the company responsible for Outdoor Retailer, reported a 5.2 percent decrease in revenue and a $50 million net loss in 2019. The slide was partially related to the company’s decision to cancel the 2019 Outdoor Retailer Winter Market and combine it with the January 2020 Outdoor Retailer Snow Show. [Business Wire]
New protections: In a bipartisan vote this week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Protecting America’s Wilderness Act, designating roughly 1.3 million acres of public land as wilderness and adding more than 1,000 river miles into the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. [The Hill]
Registration open: Sign up now for the Outdoor Industry Association’s Capitol Summit in Washington, DC, from April 28 to 29. The event is a chance for “industry executives from across the country to educate their elected officials in Congress on key issues impacting their businesses.”
Industry leaders: Unifi, an innovator in recycled and synthetic yarns, announced the recipients of its third annual Champions of Sustainability Awards and—no surprise—the outdoor industry put up a strong showing. Among the outdoor brands that received recognition were Patagonia, Polartec, Timberland, and The North Face.
Misconduct: New Zealand businesswoman Jan Cameron, who co-founded the outdoor retailer Kathmandu, has been charged with misleading investors. The allegations involve another company, unrelated to any part of Kathmandu's business. [Radio New Zealand]