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The environment desk at Aspen Public Radio covers issues in the Roaring Fork Valley and throughout the state of Colorado including water use and quality, impact of recreation, population growth and oil and gas development. APR’s Environment Reporter is Elizabeth Stewart-Severy.

SkiCo's Environment Foundation gives grants for energy, education

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy
Aspen Public Radio News

Aspen Skiing Company’s Environment Foundation announced yesterday that, in its 20th year, it’s giving out more than $90,000 in grants.

The funds support environmental initiatives in the Roaring Fork Valley and across the state. The biggest beneficiary is Conservation Colorado’s renewable energy initiatives at $15,000.

Local organizations receiving funds include Wilderness Workshop, Roaring Fork Conservancy and the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club.

The U.S. Forest Service will get $11,500 to put toward a new permit system at Conundrum Hot Springs, and, after a particularly deadly year for climbers on Capitol Peak, the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative will receive $5,000 for mountain safety education videos.

The Environment Foundation is funded largely by employee contributions.


Aspen native Elizabeth Stewart-Severy is excited to be making a return to both the Red Brick, where she attended kindergarten, and the field of journalism. She has spent her entire life playing in the mountains and rivers around Aspen, and is thrilled to be reporting about all things environmental in this special place. She attended the University of Colorado with a Boettcher Scholarship, and graduated as the top student from the School of Journalism in 2006. Her lifelong love of hockey lead to a stint working for the Colorado Avalanche, and she still plays in local leagues and coaches the Aspen Junior Hockey U-19 girls.
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