Aspen Skiing Co. employees contribute $80,000 to 12 valley projects
ASPEN – The Aspen Skiing Co. employee Environment Foundation announced Monday that it contributed $80,000 to 12 environmental projects or organizations in the Roaring Fork Valley in its winter cycle.The causes receiving funds were:• Thompson Divide Coalition, $10,000, for operational support in its effort to prevent gas drilling activity in the Thompson Divide area outside of Carbondale.• Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, $5,000, for general operations of its Rock Bottom Ranch facility near El Jebel.• Third Street Center, $8,000, to add solar hot water panels to the building, which houses numerous nonprofit organizations in Carbondale.• Fat City Farmers, $7,300, to develop a 42-foot diameter grow dome and 1.5-acre organic field for an organic garden project at Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale.• Solar Energy International, $5,000, to work with local school children to develop a portable energy and communication center for providing medical care in Third World countries.• Colorado Conservation Voters Education Fund, $15,000, to continue work to develop a grassroots network on the West Slope to influence conservation policy, engage conservationists in local initiatives, and hold local elected officials accountable.• Aspen Camp of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, $2,000, to rehabilitate and expand its trail network.• Gregg Adams Photography, $2,000, to create need-based scholarships for nature photography classes for valley youth.• Colorado Environmental Coalition, $2,000, to enhance its legislative database tracking the voting trends of elected officials.• Earthjustice and Western Resource Associates, $7,500, to ensure that the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission’s new oil and gas development rules are fully implemented, and to oppose efforts to repeal them.• Anderson Ranch Arts Center, $10,800, to install a lighting retrofit in its studios and living quarters to reduce energy consumption.• Garfield County Open Space Working Group, $6,000, to support development of an open space program in Garfield County.The employee-funded and directed foundation has awarded about $1.4 million to 289 projects and organizations since it was created in December 1997. About 1,800 Skico employees contribute to the foundation directly through their paychecks. Donations at matched by the Aspen Skiing Co. Family Fund and the Aspen Community Foundation.The organization is now accepting applications for its spring cycle. The deadline is March 1, at 4:30 p.m. Contact Matthew Hamilton at email@example.com for more information.
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