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Environment Foundation awards more than $100k in grants

The Environment Foundation recently awarded more than $100,000 in grants to 18 projects protecting the environmental quality of the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond.

Since its inception, the foundation has donated more than $1.7 million to 341 projects. The foundation is funded by Aspen Skiing Company employee contributions with substantial support from the Aspen Community Foundation and Aspen Skiing Company’s Family Fund.

Grants made this April include more than $12,000 in matching funds from Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Aspen Skiing Co.’s official coffee sponsor. Green Mountain Coffee is committed to improving the environment and communities in which it operates.



In the last six months, Aspen Skiing Co. employees donated $40,000. The 15-member Environment Foundation board of directors, made up of Aspen Skiing Co. employees, determines which qualified applicants receive a grant. Funded projects represent a broad range of environmental issues facing the Roaring Fork Valley:

Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, environmental education school program support, $10,000



Basalt Elementary School, edible garden, $5,000

Basalt Middle School, public monitoring system for 7.1 kW solar array, $1,500

Colorado Fourteeners Initiative, Capital and Pyramid peaks trail maintenance project, $5,138

Colorado Mountain Club, restoration from Maroon Lake to Buckskin and Willow passes, $5,000

EcoFlight, Thompson Divide overflights, $4,000

Mount Sopris Nordic Council, new trail linkage, trail realignment and improvements, $3,828

New Venture Fund, Western energy project, $7,500

Protect Our Winters, general operations for 2011-12 winter season, $5,000

Roaring Fork Conservancy, snow science curriculum, $5,500

Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers, 2011 trail projects, $5,000

Ruedi Water and Power Authority, invasive aquatic species control at Ruedi Reservoir, $3,000

Solar Energy International, replace energy cycle, $3,600

Town of Carbondale, air quality monitoring program to establish baseline conditions should natural gas drilling occur in nearby areas, $5,000

Western Colorado Congress, gasland justice project, $5,000

Western Resource Advocates, moving Tri-State Generation and Transmission to a sustainable future, $4,000

White River National Forest, increased seasonal wilderness trail crew staffing, $14,000

Wilderness Workshop, oil and gas defense, $8,000


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