In its 21st year, the Environment Foundation donated $92,000 to 17 projects across the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond. Projects focused on climate change mitigation, responsible oil and gas development, outdoor stewardship, and student leadership around sustainability efforts. The Environment Foundation also continued its multi-year support of Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) environmental education programming.

The Foundation awarded several $10,000 grants to large-scale projects in the area. These included Citizens for a Healthy Community’s oil and gas defense program in the North Fork Valley and a trail-usage management project through the White River National Forest. Organizations like Wilderness Workshop, the Roaring Fork Conservancy, and the Buddy Program, all of which have long-standing histories of support from the Foundation, received grants this cycle. Additionally, the Foundation added new organizations to its circle of grant recipients, including Blue Star Recyclers and Glenwood Springs Elementary School.

“Working with the Environment Foundation is a win-win,” said Mona Newton, executive director of the Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE). CORE received funding for an art festival focused on climate science and energy use reduction.  “With their generous support, CORE is able to bring cutting-edge climate art and technology to the Roaring Fork Valley. With initiatives from nonprofits, the Environment Foundation is able to realize their mission to protect the environment. We all benefit from their vision and funding.”

Karin Teague, executive director of the Independence Pass Foundation, said “We are SO grateful to the Environment Foundation for supporting this program that gets kids outside and connected with their backyard on a meaningful service project they’ll remember forever.” The Independence Pass Foundation received $2,000 to support their Young Stewards Program, a project that emphasizes outdoor stewardship through tree plantings, trail maintenance, and debris clean-up. Teague went on to say, “One of the most gratifying parts of my job is having older kids and young adults, some with kids of their own now, tell me how they still remember planting ‘their’ tree on Independence Pass, and how they look for it every time they’re up hiking or driving over the Pass.”

For their oil and gas defense program, Citizens for a Healthy Community partnered with the Western Environmental Law Center (WELC). WELC staff attorney Kyle Tisdel said, “We sincerely appreciate the generous grant funding we receive from the Environment Foundation, which enables our organization to offer pro bono legal representation to our clients.” Tisdel also noted the full scope of their project, and added that they are “…fighting in court to protect Colorado’s natural heritage and its communities from threats to our air, land, and water from reckless oil and gas development on our public lands.”

Projects funded during this cycle engage a range of environmental issues facing the Roaring Fork Valley:

Aspen Center for Environmental Studies – ACES Ed: Children’s Environmental Science Education Programs $10,000.00
Roaring Fork Conservancy: Lake Christine Fire Revegetation Fund $5,000.00
Conservation Colorado Education Fund – Making Colorado a Leader in Fighting Climate Change $5,000.00
The Farm Collaborative – Heritage Orchard $5,000.00
Buddy Program – LEAD Outdoor Leadership in Carbondale $5,000.00
Community Office for Resource Efficiency – Imagine Climate $4,020.00
Independence Pass Foundation – Young Stewards Program $2,000.00
White River National Forest – Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Core Permit Implementation Wilderness Ranger Lead $10,000.00
EcoFlight: Student flights – engagement in civic and local landscape initiatives $2,000.00
Wilderness Workshop – Oil and Gas Defense $5,000.00
Citizens for a Healthy Community and Western Environmental Law Center – North Fork Valley Oil & Gas Defense Campaign $10,000.00
Blue Star Recyclers – Roaring Fork Valley E-Waste Recycling Program $2,500.00
Roaring Fork Conservancy – Citizen Science Training $3,000.00
Western Resource Advocates – Developing Collaborative Water Solutions for the Upper Roaring Fork Valley $6,000.00
Colorado Water Trust – Restore Flows to the Crystal River $5,000.00
Glenwood Springs Elementary School – Serenity Garden $10,000.00
Basalt Middle School – Recycling & Compost Education Program $3,000.00
Total $92,520.00

 The 2019 Colorado Classic will become the only women’s stand-alone stage race in the Western Hemisphere on the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) calendar and USA Cycling’s Pro Road Tour, organizers of the race announced today, while raising the bar for pro women’s cycling around the world.  

RPM Events Group LLC, organizers of the Colorado Classic, will offer unprecedented financial support to female athletes at the 2019 event, including a prize purse nearly four times the 2018 women’s purse and more than the men’s 2018 purse, along with stipends to support team travel and expenses. 

With free live video streaming coverage each day of the race, the Colorado Classic will put women’s cycling and Colorado on a global stage. The live stream and on-demand replays will be syndicated to fans around the world through cycling and partner websites as well as though Facebook Live and the race’s Tour Tracker mobile app.