Tucson's Summit Hut Announces Grant Finalists

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Summit HutEach year in Tucson, the local retailer Summit Hut hosts the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, and for the last few years a portion of the proceeds has been donated back to the store's local community in the form of grants. Last year’s grants were $2,000 each and this year Summit Hut accepted applications from 17 applicants.

Bank of the West Invests in a NOLS Education with Sponsored Scholarships

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NOLSThe Bank of the West has agreed to endow the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) with a scholarship of $1,000 to be granted to Wyoming residents who take NOLS courses. Each year NOLS offers over $1,000,000 in scholarship assistance to applicants who show great potential to excel as outdoor leaders and who would be unable to attend without financial aid.

EPA Partners Continue Large Green Power Purchases

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its list of the top 50 partner organizations using the most renewable electricity (solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, biomass, and low-impact hydropower) to help reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

Mountaineering Orgs Release Action Alert in Face of Dramatic National Park Fee Hike

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NPSThe AMGA, Access Fund, and American Alpine Club have prepared an advocacy strategy to propose ways to cut mountaineering program costs and generate alternative sources of revenue to support the mountaineering programs at both Parks.

The strategy comes as a reaction to Denali and Rainier National Parks proposing substantial mountaineering fee increases. Denali National Park is proposing to raise mountaineering fees by 150 percent, from $200 to $500. Rainier National Park is considering raising fees from $30 to $58.

EPA, Schools Tackle Indoor Air Quality

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EPAThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held its 11th Annual Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Tools for Schools National Symposium in Washington, D.C. January 13–15. The meeting brought together school board officials, administrators, health association members, school nurses, teachers, parents, and others to take charge in protecting the indoor air environments of children in schools. At the symposium eight school districts across the country were recognized for leading the way to improving conditions at their schools.

Cincinnati: Fountainhead for New Water Technology Innovation Cluster

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WTICU.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Karen Mills have announced a new collaborative effort called the Water Technology Innovation Cluster (WTIC) in Cincinnati, Ohio.

EPA has invested $5 million to conduct key studies of the environmental technology market place for drinking water, acquire the services of a cluster consultant, and conduct technology and knowledge mapping of the region to gauge its strengths. WTIC will develop, test, and market innovative processes and technologies including those that: are sustainable, and water and energy efficient; will be cost effective for the utilities and consumers; address a broad array of contaminants; and improve public health protection.

OIA Extends Thanks to LWCF Coalition Members, Plans for New Push

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LWCFDespite a strong, bipartisan push in the final days of the lame duck session, the 111th Congress adjourned without acting on full and dedicated funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

Support was strong. Calling for full and dedicated funding of $900 million annually, S. 2747 garnered 26 senate cosponsors. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), led a handful of Republican senators in support, carrying the message directly to Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

Peak 7 Adventures Partners with Outdoor Companies to Help At-Risk Youth

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Peak 7Peak 7 Adventures, an outdoor adventure organization based in Spokane, Washington, aims to help teens find the purpose they’re searching for by taking them out of their existing environments and introducing them to the great outdoors. The organization's ACA certified raft guides, ACA certified kayak instructors and highly experienced WFR certified guides and volunteers lead participants on whitewater raft trips, ascent (multi-day backpacking) trips and rock climbing trips along with other outdoor adventures around the Pacific Northwest. It targets youth who are underprivileged or have been labeled "at-risk."

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