Environment Foundation of Aspen Donates 100K

Posted By: The Ski Channel on May 20, 2009 7:26 am

Aspen has long been a ‘green,’ town, and we don’t just mean the Ben Franklin kind of green. The local Environment Foundation recently donated a whopping $100,000 to a record 18 projects protecting the environmental quality of the Roaring Fork Valley. In fact, the $100,000 is the largest amount of money the foundation has granted within one cycle in the past ten years, and the number of grantees is also the largest within one cycle in the foundation’s 12-year history.

Since its inception, the Environment Foundation has donated almost $1.4 million to 277 projects, through funding by Aspen Skiing Company employee contributions, the Aspen Community Foundation and Aspen Skiing Company’s Family Fund.

Here’s how it all shook out, worthy causes, all:

Carbondale Community Nonprofit Center will house over 20 nonprofit and community minded organizations in the old Carbondale Elementary School. An $8,000 grant supports installation of solar thermal panels offsetting natural gas consumption. 

Aspen Center for Environmental Studies received a $6,000 grant funding school-based environmental education programming throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. 

Aspen Public Radio will use a $5,000 grant to produce one environmental news story per week. These stories will educate the public about environmental initiatives undertaken in the Roaring Fork Valley as well as the environmental impacts of various industries on the Roaring Fork Valley and Western Slope.

Carbondale’s Environmental Board is purchasing 40 plastic recycling bins to be used by down valley events throughout the summer. A $2,500 grant made this possible.    

Carbondale Senior Housing Corporation is installing photovoltaic and solar thermal panels at Crystal Meadows Senior Housing with a $10,000 gift.

Colorado Conservation Voters Education Fund is using a $7,500 grant to engage Garfield County residents in non-partisan ways to impact conservation policy, engage conservationists in local initiatives, and hold local elected officials accountable.  

Colorado Rocky Mountain School is expanding its organic garden with a $4,000 grant. 

Habitat for Humanity operates the Re-Store near Cattle Creek, selling lightly used construction materials, appliances and furnishings donated as homes are renovated. A grant of $6,500 will support store operations.

Independence Pass Foundation is working to rehabilitate the Discovery Trail with a $2,500 grant. 

Mount Sopris Nordic Council operates Spring Gulch Cross Country Center. With a $2,000 grant the Council is performing trail maintenance to improve the user experience.   

Pitkin County Land Management’s cost-share program received a $2,000 grant to aid private land owner efforts to eradicate noxious weeds from their property.  

Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association is using a $7,000 grant to continue development of a trails master plan for the Roaring Fork Valley. 

Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers undertakes 9+ trail projects annually throughout the valley working to enhance existing trail infrastructure or build new trail.  A $9,500 grant supports this work.   

Rocky Mountain Climate Organization developed a statewide climate action plan and received $5,000 to advocate on behalf of some components of the plan.  

White River National Forest’s Conundrum Hot Springs is an extremely popular backcountry hiking destination that is over run with summertime visitors, many of whom choose not to properly dispose of human waste.  The forest service is using a $2,950 grant to purchase 2,000 waste bags to ease disposal issues and encourage guests to pack out their waste.  

Western Colorado Congress is using a $5,000 grant to inform and organize a grassroots constituency to reduce the environmental impacts of energy development on the Western Slope. 

Western Resource Advocates is working to encourage responsible development of energy resources throughout the west. The nonprofit’s $10,000 grant supports continued efforts to stop development of coal-fired power plants.  

Wilderness Workshop, Colorado Mountain Club and Colorado Environmental Coalition launched the Hidden Gems Wilderness campaign to secure wilderness designations for 400,000+ acres of wild lands.  A $5,000 grant supports this effort.

For additional information about the Environment Foundation visit theenvironmentfoundation.org



photo: Environment Foundation