Copper Announces Environmental Fund Grant Recipients

June 10, 2009



Copper Mountain, CO…June 10, 2009…The Copper Frisco Environmental Fund is pleased to announce its 2009 grant recipients. The Fund supports youth environmental action and education programs throughout Summit and Lake Counties and is proud to provide more than $25,000 to local community groups during this grant cycle.


The Copper Frisco Environmental Fund, dedicated to the environmental sustainability of Copper, Frisco and the surrounding areas, was founded in November 2007 by employees from Copper and the Town of Frisco and to date has granted more than $30,000. 


The Copper Frisco Environmental Fund is proud to announce the eight following 2009 grant recipients:

  • Summit County Resource Allocation Park, to create a new hands-on, educational center called the Garbage Garage for families to learn about waste management, recycling and resource conservation.  
  • Keystone Science School, to create a new youth pine beetle coalition for Lake County 8th graders.   
  • Silvana’s Community Garden, to fund a children’s community garden.  
  • Mountain Mentors, supporting programs to help youth and teens staff zero waste stations at community events throughout the summer, to ensure that event attendees are educated about recycling and composting.   
  • The Breckenridge Elementary School, to help support the installation of photovoltaic solar panels, so the students can learn about renewable power production.   
  • Cub Scout Pack 186, to fund a forest service project, including weed pulling, during the annual Western Family Campout at Officer’s Gulch.
  • The Summit County Preschool, to fund a garden and composting project at the school. 
  • The Frisco Elementary School, to initiate a student composting program. 


The Copper Frisco Environmental Fund has awarded a grant to Summit County Resource Allocation Park to help create the Garbage Garage, a safe environment for youth to learn about waste management.  The Garbage Garage will be a hands-on educational center, allowing youth to learn about resource conservation, while providing insight into the social and environmental issues concerned with garbage.  The goals of the Garbage Garage are to offer an educational center where all local youth groups can come to learn about resource conservation and to supply youth with waste diversion projects and seasonal workshops.  For more information, contact Kevin Berg, Summit County Resource Allocation Park Recycling Manager at 970-468-9263 Ext. 13 or via email at


The Copper Frisco Environmental Fund is supporting the Youth Mountain Pine Beetle Coalition, a collaboration between Keystone Science School, students at Lake County Middle School and Friends of the Dillon Ranger District. This program is designed to inspire critical thinking, teach the process of political action to youth, foster a sense of community and promote volunteerism throughout the course of the school year. Students will be looking closely at the pine beetle issues, engage in public policy by assuming various stakeholder positions associated with this timely issue, present their policy recommendations during a community forum and participate in a volunteer project.  Contact Dave Miller, Keystone Science School Programs & Outreach Director by calling 970-455-4229 or via email at for more information.


Silvana’s Community Garden, located next to the Silverthorne Recreation Center, has been awarded a grant to build a children’s community garden, which will teach local kids how to grow local food that is sustainable and environmentally conscientious.  The goal is to show children how to live off the earth naturally, even at this elevation.  While getting as many little hands dirty as possible, the kids will be taught what it means to be organic and how to grow organically and they will learn that real food germinates from the ground, not the supermarket.  For more details, please contact Maggie Butler, Silvana’s Community Garden Fundraising Chair at 970-389-0081 or via email at


For questions regarding the Copper Frisco Environmental Fund, please contact Copper Mountain Environmental Manager, Jen Schenk, at For more information on Copper Mountain’s environmental initiatives or to read Copper’s Environmental Report, please visit


Image attached: Students from the Upper Blue Elementary School Green Team’s Reusable Bag Campaign, a Copper Frisco Environmental Fund grant recipient from 2008.  





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