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Skico awards environmental grants

Aspen Times Staff

Aspen, CO ColoradoASPEN Eleven organizations in the Roaring Fork Valley scored $71,000 in grants Wednesday from the Aspen Skiing Co. Employee Environmental Foundation.The foundation is funded by contributions from Skico employees. The Aspen Community Foundation and Aspen Skiing Co. Family Fund matched some of those donations.The foundation received requests for about $250,000 in this grant-giving cycle. Its 13-member board of directors, made up of Skico employees, makes the tough call on who receives funds.This year’s winners were:• Western Colorado Congress received $10,000 to support advocacy campaigns on behalf of reducing the air, land and water impacts from natural gas drilling on the Western Slope.• Environment Colorado’s Research and Policy Center received $10,000 to develop support for climate action in Western Slope communities.• Western Resource Advocates received a $10,000 grant to develop climate policies in three Western Slope communities.• Solar Energy International received $2,500 to purchase renewable energy demonstration kits for Roaring Fork Valley Schools.• Aspen Center for Environmental Studies received $3,000 to rehabilitate and extend the existing nature trail at Rock Bottom Ranch in the midvalley.• Wilderness Workshop received $10,000 to support their Forest Watchdog program, which monitors potential impacts on the White River National Forest.• Trust for Public Land received $5,000 to support continued land purchases in the area.• Colorado Mountain Club received $5,000 to continue programs trying to reduce the impacts of gas drilling on wilderness.• Sustainability Center of the Rockies received $7,500 for initial project support in its efforts to develop a live/work campus in Carbondale for non-profit and for-profit businesses focused on environmental issues.• The Roaring Fork Conservancy received $3,000 to support water sampling as part of a statewide River Watch program.• Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District received $5,000 to complete installation of a 4 kW solar array atop its new fire house.The Skico Employees Environment Foundation was created in December 1997. Since then it has awarded nearly $1 million to environmental organizations and causes. For more on the organization, go to http://www.aspensnowmass.com/environment/.