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Steamboat groups partner to help fund

Sustainability group partners with Ski Corp. to support environment-related projects

Jack Weinstein

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. has partnered with the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council on the Eco-Fund

— The Yampa Valley Sustain­ability Council, like many nonprofit groups, relies on grant funding and local government support.

But the Board of Directors for the group — which provides sustainability education and awareness, promotes practices and organizes projects — wanted to create a different funding source that would allow residents and visitors to support local environmental conservation efforts, Chairwoman Angela Ashby said.

With the Eco-Fund, a partnership with Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., Ashby said that idea is coming to fruition. She said the intention is to use the funds for an annual project in the valley.

"It really is about creating a funding mechanism for environmental projects outside of the normal granting and government/municipal funding," Ashby said in an e-mail. "It is about involving the community and visitors to contribute to the place they love and preserving it for years to come."

Ashby said Ski Corp. has included information about the Eco-Fund in its monthly newsletter to season-pass holders and has information at the ski area.

The partnership is an example of continued sustainability efforts at the ski area. Ski Corp. received the Silver Eagle Award for waste reduction and recycling from the National Ski Areas Association this year. And for Ski Corp. Food and Beverage Director Liz Wahl's work with the ski area's Zero Waste Initiative, the Colorado Association for Recycling named her 2010 Recycler of the Year.

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Ski Corp. spokesman Mike Lane said the ski area's partnership with the Sustainability Council allows it to reach out to the community.

"There's a variety of different ways we try to help develop and bring about programs that have a big impact on the Yampa Valley," he said.

Ashby said a to-be-formed advisory committee would select an annual project that would be paid for through the Eco-Fund.

"We are very grateful that Ski Corp. has embraced it, and we hope to see benefits to the community for years to come," she said.

How to help

For more information or to support to the Eco-Fund, visit and click on “Get Involved” at the top of page. On the left side of the page, click on “eco-fund.” Or donations can be mailed to YVSC Eco-Fund, P.O. Box 881461, Steamboat Springs, CO 80488.

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