Each 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.
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.
The 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.
U.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.
Columbia is presenting their first ever Outdoor Retailer fashion show at the Winter Market expo to raise money for the Conservation Alliance. Columbia will donate $5 to the alliance for every tweet that includes a picture from the show with the hash tag #orshowCA.
Despite 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).