Powdr, a mountain resort company headquartered in Park City, Utah, has announced the "Protect Your Playground" environmental grant program. The program will fund individuals with ideas to protect their local environments. Powdr will award $40,000 in grants across its properties, which include nine mountain resorts and four Woodward locations.
“Powdr is passionate about reducing our carbon footprint to protect the places we live, work and play but this initiative isn’t about us,” said Brent Giles, chief sustainability officer for Powdr. “’Protect Your Playground’ was created to provide innovative, environmentally-minded individuals with the resources they need to turn their ideas into action and impact within their own communities. We believe that together we can make systematic, lasting contributions to preserve and enhance our playgrounds for generations to come.”
The program is designed to empower and inspire individuals of all ages to develop solutions for environmental issues that affect their local natural playgrounds and communities, Powdr said. Applicants can request up to $2,500 in funding. Grants are reserved for individuals – no money will be rewarded to nonprofits or corporations. All applications must be submitted by February 21 at protectyourplayground.org.
Members of the individual resort/Woodward’s “Green Team” will review applications. Grants will be awarded on Earth Day, April 22, 2014.
In other ski news out of Park City, this season will mark the debut of a major renovation at historic hotel Washington School House. We took a look at this hotel and three others back in October.
Additionally, Park City ski resorts are part of a general move toward multi-resort packages that is heating up this ski season. We have a full rundown of what's on offer in our North American ski season preview.