Whistler Center for Sustainability:
Self-Directed Sustainability Tour of Whistler
While many local governments recognize the sustainability initiatives undertaken in Whistler, the majority of visitors to the community are largely unaware of these efforts. This project is an interactive walking and biking tour using downloadable podcasts, geocaching techniques, way marking and informational materials to lead visitors to sites that showcase sustainability initiatives.
The purpose of this project is to increase awareness of Whistler's sustainability initiatives by showcasing Whistler's many sustainability successes. The primary objectives of this project are to inspire change toward a more sustainable future and share examples from Whistler's efforts that encourage people to engage in sustainability initiatives. This project helps build a more sustainable community by utilizing the art of storytelling to engage visitors in learning more about sustainability.
The Chill Foundation:
The Chill Burlington Youth-Development Program
The Chill Burlington Development Program provides opportunities for at-risk and underserved youth to build self-esteem and life skills through board sports. Each year, 75-100 youth participate in a six-week program that includes lift tickets, lessons, transportation, and head-to-toe gear. A large number of chaperones, including Chill alumni and Burton employees, volunteer off and on-snow. By equipping youth participants with valuable life skills and self-esteem, they are able to grow up to be active and engaged members of the Burlington community.
Office For Resource Efficiency:
Local Farms First
The Gunnison Valley, home to Crested Butte Mountain and abundant backcountry access, is one of the coldest areas in the continental US, making agricultural production a challenge - albeit, a surmountable one. ORE's Local Farms First Program (LFF) fills a critical market and transportation gap in our remote area by building a dependable local food system - a key ingredient to a sustainable community.
The one-of-a-kind program is a year-round online farmers market and delivery service that facilitates direct sales between 50+ producers and 400+ customers. Local Farms First preserves agricultural lands while connecting families, businesses and schools with Certified Organic, Naturally Grown or chemical-free products from Gunnison's historic ranching industry and from neighboring Delta County, home to Colorado's largest concentration of organic farms.
Yampa Valley Sustainability Council:
ReTree Steamboat 2013
ReTree Steamboat was jump-started by young Steamboat Springs residents in 2010 and today, with the help of YVSC, is leading large reforestation efforts throughout Routt County. Not only does this event increases biodiversity and creates wonderful tree-skiing and snowboarding, but it engages many volunteers. ReTree provides a great opportunity for local and visiting snow sports enthusiasts to volunteer, learn about, and help enhance public land. In 2013, ReTree Steamboat will actively engage more than 400 volunteer participants of all ages, including 200 students to plant 1,500 trees.
Aspen Center for Environmental Studies:
Children's Education Fund
Think protecting our mountains is important? It starts with the kids. That's why Aspen Center for Environmental Studies makes over 30,000 student contacts every year. ACES' environmental science education programs in the schools and in the field build affinity for nature in our community, develop scientific literacy, and lay the foundation for responsible environmental behavior, all the while ensuring kids have access to nature in their everyday lives.
Snowsports Recycling Program
Recycle Utah's snowsports recycling program is an alternative to landfilling unusable snowsports gear. RU collected over 27,000 pounds of equipment so far, diverting it from landfills and protecting a watershed. By recycling old equipment, RU keeps valuable materials in circulation, decreasing demand for virgin materials and preserving our natural resources.
RU is a nonprofit community recycling center empowering people to lead sustainable lives. RU accepts over 50 different items, including hard-to-recycle items such as glass, EPS foam, and electronic waste. RU educates over 3000 students on alternative, sustainable solutions to the problems of waste and consumption. RU promotes home composting, reduction, and reuse, and advocates for a bottle bill, landfill ban on e-waste, and plastic bag ban. RU's ultimate goal is a zero-waste future.