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Roaring Fork Valley Environmental Association Collects $100,000+ to Support Great Causes.

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Aspen, CO - This April has proven to be a monumental month for the Environment Foundation, receiving donations of more than $100,000. The Foundation plans to spread the funding across 18 well-deserving projects that aid in sustaining the quality of the Roaring Fork Valley and its surrounding areas.

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Since its genesis in 1998, the foundation has donated and directed $1.7 million to 341 projects. The roots of this foundation resonate deeply within the Aspen Skiing Company community. The Foundation boasts generous contributions from the Aspen Community Foundation, Aspen Company's Family Fund, the Aspen Skiing Company, and impressively equal, the company's employees; contributing a high-minded donation of $40,000.

Outside grants have also assisted in the grand total. This April, Green Mountain Coffee Roaster, have generously donated $12,000 to the cause to further their commitment to improving the environment, and communities in which they operate.

The delegation of funds to the different projects is decided upon by the 15-member board of directors, made up of ASC employees. The wide variety of sponsored projects serve the area's varying environmental needs.

Organization delegation is as follows:

*Aspen Center for Environmental Studies - Environmental Education School Program Support $10,000.00

*Basalt Elementary School - Edible Garden $5,000.00

*Basalt Middle School - Public Monitoring System for 7.1 kW Solar Array $1,500.00

*Colorado Fourteeners Initiative - Capital and Pyramid Peaks Trail Maintenance Project $5,138.00

*Colorado Mountain Club - Restoration from Maroon Lake to Buckskin and Willow Passes $5,000.00

*EcoFlight - Thompson Divide Overflights $4,000.00

*Mount Sopris Nordic Council - New Trail Linkage, Trail Realignment and Trail Improvements $3,828.00

*New Venture Fund - Western Energy Project $7,500.00

*Protect Our Winters - General Operations for 11/12 Winter Season $5,000.00

*Roaring Fork Conservancy - Snow Science Curriculum $5,500.00

*Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers - 2011 Trail Projects $5,000.00

*Ruedi Water and Power Authority - Invasive Aquatic Species Control at Ruedi Reservoir $3,000.00

*Solar Energy International - Replace Energy Cycle $3,600.00

*Town of Carbondale - Air Quality Monitoring Program to Establish Baseline Conditions Should Natural Gas Drilling Occur in Nearby Areas $5,000.00

*Western Colorado Congress - Gasland Justice Project $5,000.00

*Western Resource Advocates - Moving Tri-State Generation and Transmission to a Sustainable Future $4,000.00

*White River National Forest - Increased Seasonal Wilderness Trail Crew Staffing

*Wilderness Workshop - Oil & Gas Defense $8,000.00

For additional information about the Environment Foundation visit