Community Spotlight: Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability
August 4, 2010
Organization name: Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability
Executive Director: Matt Scherr
Phone number: 970-827-9999
Web address: http://www.eaglevalleyalliance.org
Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
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What is the organization’s mission and who benefits from its work?
The Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability fosters alignment of community and environment through leadership, education, advocacy and service. The Alliance is a nonprofit, community organization promoting sustainable practices in waste reduction and recycling, energy and renewable power, green building and transportation, and healthy and sustainable food systems.
Where does your funding come from?
Generous props from our members, who appreciate a fun perspective on serious work, make our everyday work possible. We also throw an annual party called The EverGreen Ball with our partners, the Eagle Valley Land Trust and the Eagle River Watershed Council – Aug. 14, buy your tickets now!
Our projects are funded mostly through grants. Much of our work is outreach, advocacy and educational events such as Party for the Planet, the Big Green Think-Sustainable Hospitality, and Energy Star Homes Workshop. These efforts are funded mostly through sponsorships. We also make programs self-sustaining, where possible. We have just begun offering listings in the first Vail Valley Green Guide, a business directory we’ve created along with the Vail Valley Partnership. Listings pay for the cost of the guide, meaning we don’t have to go begging for more support.
How many staff members work for you?
The Alliance has five employees and several lazy dogs.
Anything else you’d like the community to know about the organization?
We take great care to cultivate awareness about a wide range of sustainability issues in the valley. Through community gatherings, workshops and educational programs, we try to keep people informed and involved. We cannot stress the importance of community involvement enough. We must all be a part of the change in order to build a sustainable community. It’s up to you to do it – we’re just there to remind you.