Copper Environmental Foundation Announces 2010 Grant Recipients

November 11, 2010


COPPER ENVIRONMENTAL FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 2010 GRANT RECIPIENTS

 

Copper Mountain, CO…November 11, 2010…The Copper Environmental Foundation (CEF) is pleased to announce its 2010 grant recipients. The 501c3, non-profit foundation supports youth environmental action and education programs throughout Summit and Lake Counties and is proud to provide more than $26,000 to local community groups during this grant cycle, and to date has granted more than $56,000 since its inception.

 

The Copper Environmental Foundation is proud to announce the five following 2010 grant recipients:

  • Keystone Science School (KSS) to support the Education in Action program, focused on Mining and Water Quality.
  • High Country Conservation Center (HC3) and the Summit County Landfill for six exhibits at the Summit County Resource Allocation Park (SCRAP).
  • 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 it’s 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 (BOB) - Bring one piece of litter back for every hike, bike, dog walk or other outdoor activity you participate in.

 

The first grant recipient this year is the Keystone Science School to help support the Education in Action program, a problem-based program that will bring together a diverse population of students to study mining and water issues in Lake and Summit Counties. Students will be studying the topic of Mining and Water Quality, highlighting the relationship that exists between mining and our need for clean water, all the while learning about: conflict resolution and negotiation techniques; field research techniques and experiment design; geologic history of the Rocky Mountains; the role mining plays within the local economy; the relationship of human impacts on the environment; and strategies for mine tailings clean-up. This study will result in a community forum and collaboration with local business and political leaders for identifying real solutions to this local issue.

 

The next recipient is the High Country Conservation Center (HC3) and the Summit County Landfill for a series of six educational exhibits located throughout the Summit County Resource Allocation Park (SCRAP), our county’s landfill, recycling and composting facility. This grant will help build hands-on, informative, fun and creative educational exhibits for the youth of our mountain community. These exhibits will contain text, photographs and interactive displays. It will also provide a safe route for tours and a place where youth can learn about waste diversion and resource conservation.

 

The Girl Scouts of Colorado is the third grant recipient in the 2010 cycle, for a collaborative effort with the Keystone Science School, to offer environmental education to Girl Scouts in Summit and Lake Counties through an overnight program at the Keystone Science School facilities. The girls will participate in a variety of environmental programs facilitated by the Science School’s staff, including topics such as earth science, snow science, forest ecology, aquatics ecology and astronomy. Through this hands-on opportunity, participants will learn about environmental issues on both a local and global level. The overarching theme is: Educating the participants on the environmental impacts of human life and how we can reduce our environmental impact.

 

The fourth recipient this grant cycle is Alternatives for Simple Living, for agency and program support, to further develop it’s 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 that are available to all school aged children ages 5 – 14 regardless of one’s ability to pay, in a safe and healthy after school environment that includes a variety of educational resources and opportunities.

 

The final grant recipient during the 2010 cycle is Bring One Back (BOB), a program designed to encourage constant maintenance over our natural environment to counter the effects of use and our presence. BOB's message is simple - bring one piece of litter back for every hike, bike, dog walk or other outdoor activity you participate in. A few of the goals of BOB are: to restore and maintain the natural beauty of the streets, parks, and backcountry; to encourage community members to get outdoors and engage their surroundings; and finally to foster respect for the environment and proactive involvement in its care.

 

The Copper Environmental Foundation, dedicated to the environmental sustainability of Copper and the surrounding areas is an employee founded 501c3 dedicated to the support of local youth environmental projects in Summit and Lake Counties. Funds are generated by employee paycheck donations and each and every employee donated dollar is matched at 100% by Copper Mountain.

 

For questions regarding the Copper Environmental Foundation, please send an email to environment@coppercolorado.com. For more information on Copper Mountain’s environmental initiatives, please visit www.coppercolorado.com/winter/about/environment

 

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David Roth
970.968.2318 ext. 38827
DRoth@CopperColorado.com

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