Thursday, April 14, 2011

Grand Targhee Resort Awards Environmental Grants to Teton Valley Non-Profits

Grand Targhee Resort is proud to announce the granting of over $10,000 to Teton Valley non-profits for environmental projects benefitting the local community.  The Targhee Protect Our Winters (POW) Foundation awarded six local non-profits funds for projects ranging from solar panel installation to gardening education.

The Targhee POW Foundation collects donations throughout the year from employees who generously donate a specified amount from each paycheck.  These donations are matched 100% by the Resort.  Guests during the 2009/10 winter season were also able to participate in our fundraising efforts through the POW Targhee Two-Fer days – an offer than included two lift tickets and a $10 donation to POW for just $79.

The Foundation’s grant selection committee, open to any interested employee, selects recipients that meet the intent of foundation’s mission - to enhance and protect the environmental quality of Teton Valley through projects that protect ecosystems, promote environmental education and foster community stewardship of natural resources.

The committee selected the following grants for full funding:

-   National Outdoor Leadership School: $2,000 for solar panel installation & education project, will provide 30% of the school’s electricity use

-   Friends of the Teton River: $2,000 for a Valley-wide water conservation education campaign

-   Teton Valley Community Recycling: $750 for creation of a short educational film regarding recycling to show throughout the Valley

-   Teton Valley Community School: $2,000 to provide farm & gardening education to 150 school children this summer

-   Teton Valley Education Foundation: $2,000 for sponsoring public high school student’s conservation expeditions to Yellowstone

-   Teton Valley Trails & Pathways: $1,680 to fund one trail crew person to work in the wilderness improving trails

Targhee is a proud partner with the national Protect Our Winters organization, committed to uniting the winter sports community in fighting climate change.  
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