The Aspen Skiing Company announced yesterday that it is accepting applications for grants to support environmental projects.
The Environment Foundation is Ski Co’s employee-run charity that has given out nearly $3 million since its inception in 1998. Matthew Hamilton, sustainability director with the company, said responsible and renewal energy projects have been a past favorite of the board.
“That maintains the kind of sports we all love to enjoy in the wintertime,” Hamilton said.
Over the past two and a half years, the foundation has donated $122,000 to a variety of organizations that aim to prevent drilling in Thompson Divide.
Hamilton said this kind of work showcases the power of many voices coming together.
“There are some places in Colorado that are too special to drill,” he said. “And we ought to look at other ways to maintain economic value in those lands.”
One of the earliest grant recipients was the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies. The foundation has given nearly a quarter million dollars to the nonprofit to support education of what Hamilton calls the next generation of environmental stewards.
This year, the number one priority identified by employees is making sure rivers and streams are healthy. Other focuses include energy efficiency and development and promoting climate change awareness.
The grants are financed in part by employee contributions, and about half of Ski Co employees donate to the foundation. The application deadline is October 28.
Applicants can request an electronic grant application, eligibility guidelines or more information from Hamilton at firstname.lastname@example.org.