Resort Environmental Fund increases |

Resort Environmental Fund increases

Ski Corp. will award more than $30,000 in grants this year

Dave Shively

— Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.’s mission statement asserts their commitment to enhancing the environment. Now, in its third year, the company’s Environmental Fund continues to work to accomplish that goal.

For a resort operation that occupies public and private lands, responsible environmental stewardship is a vital interest of Ski Corp., said Lyn Halliday, the company’s director of environmental affairs.

“It’s fair to say that Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. wants to be a viable contributor to the community and environment as a whole,” Halliday said.

With funds raised through Ski Corp.’s passport sales program and held by the Yampa Valley Community Foundation, the ski company’s Resort Environmental Fund Committee awarded more than $14,000 in grants to several local environmental projects and programs two years ago. Last year, the committee more than doubled that amount, awarding $29,300. This year, there’s even more money to divvy out to Environmental Fund recipients, Halliday said.

Past grants have funded pedestrian recycling units for Yampa Valley Recycles, conservation easements for Yampa Valley Land Trust, and environmental education programs at Young Tracks Preschool and Childcare Center.

“These grants go a long way in helping a number of organizations throughout the community achieve their environmental goals,” Ski Corp. President Chris Diamond said.

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Nonprofit organizations that want a shot at a grant should mark June 30 on their calendars. That’s when grant applications are due for the 2006 Environmental Fund grant program.

Grant application packets can be picked up and dropped off from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday on the fourth floor of the Gondola Building in Gondola Square. Call Halliday at 871-5454 for more information or to request an electronic version of the application.

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