Environment Foundation gives $129,000 in grants | AspenTimes.com

Environment Foundation gives $129,000 in grants

Staff report
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO, Colorado

ASPEN – A foundation funded by Aspen Skiing Co. employees donated $129,200 to 18 organizations working on environmental issues in the Roaring Fork Valley in its most recent grant cycle.

The Environment Foundation’s grants included $40,000 to promote responsible oil-shale and natural-gas development in Colorado, to preserve the power of local governments to regulate extraction within their jurisdictions and to protect communities by establishing ample setbacks from drilling activities.

The foundation’s board also made a three-year commitment of $15,000 annually to the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies to support its work educating youngsters on the importance of environmental responsibility.

The recipients and their projects are:

• Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, environmental education school program, $7,500 (partial funding for the year).

• Basalt Elementary School, operating support for Basalt Edible Garden, $4,000.

• Blue Lake Preschool, loan offered for energy-efficiency improvements.

• Citizens for a Healthy Community, general operating support, $10,000.

• Colorado Environmental Coalition, reducing local community impacts from oil and gas drilling, $10,000.

• Colorado Fourteeners Initiative, Capitol Peak trail maintenance and data-collection project, $4,000.

• Colorado Mountain Club, Four Pass Loop trail work, $5,000.

• Colorado Watershed Assembly, River Watch in the Roaring Fork Valley, $5,000.

• High Country News, reporting on energy development in western Colorado, $10,000.

• Mid-Valley Community Garden Collective, establish a community garden on the open space at Basalt High School, $2,000.

• Mount Sopris Nordic Council, 2012 Spring Gulch trail system enhancements, $3,700.

• Protect Our Winters, 2012 POW Winter Revenue and Jobs Report, $11,000.

• Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers, 2012 trail projects, $6,000.

• Trust for Public Land, gauging community support for program preserving open lands in Garfield County, $10,000.

• Western Energy Project, defend the recently released draft management plan for oil shale and tar sands development in Colorado, Wyoming and Utah, $10,000.

• Western Resource Advocates, preventing oil-shale development in northwestern Colorado, $10,000.

• White River National Forest, summer wilderness trail crew, $10,000.

• Wilderness Workshop, oil and gas defense, $11,000.

• Since the foundation was created, it’s donated almost $2 million to 375 projects.

• Applications for the fall grant cycle are due by 4:30 p.m. Oct. 15. Interested organizations can request an electronic grant application from Skico’s Matthew Hamilton at mhamilton@aspensnowmass.com.

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