Alpine Initiatives’ Grass Roots Grants fund North American sustainability projects
In its mission to foster sustainable living among snow sports enthusiasts, Alpine Initiatives (AI) has launched the Grass Roots Grants campaign, a Facebook powered program that allows the public to vote for a North American sustainability project to receive financial support from AI. Specifically, three of six finalists (selected from a pool of applicants by AI) will receive a $5,000 grant to assist in their various endeavors.
Below, you’ll learn a bit about the six finalists. After you’ve chosen your favorite, we invite you to make your voice heard by visiting the Grass Roots Grants tab on AI’s Facebook page and casting your vote. Alpine Initiatives extends thanks to those who participate for helping to shape a “more sustainable future for our North American mountain towns.”
Whistler Center for Sustainability
Whistler, British Columbia, Canada — “This Self-Directed Sustainability Tour will increase awareness of Whistler’s sustainability initiatives by showcasing Whistler’s many sustainability successes.”
The Chill Foundation
Burlington, Vermont, U.S.A. — “The Chill Burlington Development Program provides opportunities for at-risk and underserved youth to build self-esteem and life skills through board sports.”
Office for Resource Efficiency
Gunnison County, Colorado, U.S.A. — “The Local Farms First Program (LFF) fills a critical market and transportation gap in a remote area by building a dependable local food system.”
Yampa Valley Sustainability Council
Steamboat Spring, Colorado, U.S.A — “The ReTree Program provides a great opportunity for local and visiting snow sports enthusiasts to volunteer, learn about, and help enhance public land.”
Aspen Center for Environmental Studies
Aspen, Colorado, U.S.A — “The Environmental Science Education Programs build children’s affinity for nature and lay the foundation for responsible environmental behavior.”
Park City, Utah, U.S.A — “The Snowsports Recycling Program is an alternative to landfilling unusable snowsports gear that protects a community watershed.”
For more, follow the #GrassRootsGrants hashtag on Twitter.
About the author:
Henrik Lampert loves hot dogs, backflips, the Boston Bruins and Norway. Twenty-seven years old and a Massachusetts native, he's the Editor of Freeskier Magazine and Freeskier.com—a proud staffer since 2010.