The North Face announced the beginning of the second cycle for their 2011 Explore Fund grant program. Aimed to support youth involvement in the outdoors, the fund will provide $125,000 in micro-grants to non-profit organizations that spur youth outdoor engagement. This year the fund will reward non-profits with grants totaling a quarter of a million dollars. Overall, the fund has provided $425,000 in grants to foster a stronger relationship with the outdoors, encourage an active lifestyle and protect natural landscapes.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced their 2011 Game Day Challenge. Colleges around the country will compete to see who can reduce, reuse and recycle the most waste. The competition is open now, and champions will be crowned in December.
Sierra Designs hasjoined baselayer manufacturer Terramar in their "Community Rebuilding... From the Inside Out" project.The outdoor equipment and apparel manufacturer is providing 750 jackets to families affected by the massive tornados in Joplin, Missouri and Tuscaloosa, Alabama earlier this year.
The Portland Seed Fund has announced its inaugural group of investments—eight companies which were chosen from a pool of 128 applicants. The fund’s goal is to invest $25,000 in 10 to 15 companies each year, and backers of the fund include the Portland Development Commission, Oregon Growth Account, City of Hillsboro, OEN Catalyst Fund, and individual angel investors.
The U.S. Forest Service has released a Draft Environmental Assessment that proposes to continue denying the American public the right to float in canoes and kayaks down the Wild and Scenic Upper Chattooga River for most or all of the year depending on the section of river.The decision comes as the latest setback to citizens who connect with nature most strongly through paddling wild rivers like the Upper Chattooga. For more than a decade, paddlers have challenged the mismanagement of recreational and environmental values on the Upper Chattooga River.
As the next phase of the administration's national vehicle program, President Obama has made a historic agreement with thirteen major automakers to increase fuel economy to 54.5 miles per gallon for cars and light-duty trucks by model year 2025.