Paycheck donations by Copper Mountain employees raised more than $26,000 for local conservation efforts this past year. PHOTO COURTESY COPPER MOUNTAIN AND FORREST MILLER.
Resort’s employee-funded foundation awards $26,000 in grants
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Even in tough economic times, Copper Mountain employees stepped up their environmental giving this past year, raising more than $26,000 that will help local groups like the Keystone Science School, the High Country Conservation Center and the Girl Scouts with grassroots conservation and environmental education projects.
Altogether, the program has raised raised more than $56,000 since it was started several year ago as a joint project between the town of Frisco and Copper Mountain. Frisco is no longer part of the program, but since then Copper has formed the stand-alone nonprofit Copper Environmental Foundation.
All the resort employees who donate are invited to be part of the process of choosing which local organizations get grants, said Copper spokesman David Roth, who serves on the board of the foundation. Roth said the focus is to keep the money — generated by employee paycheck donations — local.
This year’s grant recipients are:
• The Keystone Science School, to support the Education in Action program, focused on Mining and Water Quality.
• High Country Conservation Center and the Summit County Landfill for six exhibits at the Summit County Resource Allocation Park.
• Girl Scouts of Colorado, in conjunction with Keystone Science School, for financial assistance to Girls Scouts for overnight programs.
• Alternatives for Simple Living for agency and program support, to further develop the after-school programming that includes the “Summit Harmony” program and the implementation of “The 6 R’s” (Recycling, Restoring, Reusing, Reducing, Responding, and Refusing) program.
• Bring One Back – Bring one piece of litter back for every hike, bike, dog walk or other outdoor activity you participate in.
More details on the grants after the break … Continue reading
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