Aspen Skiing Company’s Environment Foundation was established in 1997 to protect the local Roaring Fork Valley environment. The foundation is directed by a 15-member board of directors comprised of Aspen Skiing Company (ASC) employees. Close to 50% of ASC’s employees make donations through paycheck deductions which are matched in part by the Aspen Community Foundation, ASC Family Fund, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and Coca-Cola.
Twice yearly the foundation releases approximately $100,000 in grants that support efforts to reduce the impacts of climate change, protect western lands from natural gas extraction impacts, provide local youth environmental education programming, and maintain local waterways. Other projects that impact the local environment are also supported. Grant deadlines are 3/1 and 11/1 annually and decisions are made in late-April and late-December.
Earlier this month we welcomed three new board members, Alex Kendrick (Buttermilk Ski School), Steve Hill (Snowmass Mall Alpine Shop at Four Mountain Sports), and Jess Jacobi (Marketing). We also said goodbye to three employees whose terms of service were complete – Matt Jones (Finance), Carmen Barber (Four Mountain Sports) and Stephen Luck (Snowmass Lift Maintenance). Thanks for your service over the past four years.
The Environment Foundation is much more than a grant maker. Its primary purpose is not necessarily giving away money, but rather the process by which our board learns about and considers which projects to fund. It’s in those conversations that ASC hopes its employees learn about environmental issues facing our valley and beyond. We hope they carry their knowledge and passion beyond their service to the foundation through volunteer and philanthropy efforts in our local community.
Because of its belief in the power of this approach to philanthropy ASC encourages guests to donate to the Environment Foundation when staying at our hotels (The Little Nell and Limelight Hotel) and when purchasing season passes or lift tickets. During their stays or purchase guests are asked to donate $1 to $2 to the foundation to protect the valley that is the centerpiece of their time here.