Skico Environment Foundation hands out $66,700 in grants |

Skico Environment Foundation hands out $66,700 in grants

Aspen Times Staff

Fresh on the heels of Earth Day weekend, the Aspen Skiing Co. Employee Environment Foundation doled out $66,700 in grants to environmental groups and causes Monday.Grants went to: The U.S. Forest Service’s Aspen-Sopris Ranger District received $3,250 to help hire interns for the Aspen office in summer 2006, and to monitor ozone throughout the 2.3 million-acre forest. Pitkin County Resource Recovery received $7,588 to install a composter at Aspen Elementary School. It will reduce waste drastically. Western Colorado Congress received $10,000 to educate communities on the potential environmental risks of leasing public lands for oil shale development. Solar Energy International received $5,000 to support continued development of its solar school bus, a mobile classroom to teach students about renewable energy. Aspen Center for Environmental Studies received $8,000 to support general operations and refurbishment of its birds of prey enclosure. Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers received $8,000 for trail restoration work throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. Lower Valley Trails Group received $5,500 to support general operations. Community Office of Resource Efficiency received $10,000 to develop a 6-kilowatt solar array on the picnic shelter at Sopris Park. CORE is working with SunSense and the town of Carbondale. Carbondale Environmental Board received $650 to purchase compostable food service items for Dandelion Days. Tomorrow’s Voices received $3,600 to support its speaker series during the 2006-07 school year. The organization is a nonprofit educational organization created to foster participatory democracy through intellectual, ethical and civic engagement.The Environment Foundation, founded and funded by Skico employees, has awarded more than $850,000 to almost 200 diverse local environmental projects since its inception in December 1997. The Aspen Skiing Co. Family Fund and the Aspen Community Foundation matched donations from workers.

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