AEC Partner Organizations

in Sustainability

Over the years we have established many successful community partnerships.

OUR PARTNERS in Sustainability.

These collaborations help the Alta Environmental Center prosper and their participation is vital in order for us to continue to help the community of Alta, our region and the ski industry strive toward sustainability. We will continue to support, develop and deepen these partnerships to increase opportunities for ecological research, education and to promote sustainable practices through stewardship.

We are proud to work with these non-profits, state and federal entities. Without their support and willingness, we would not have made the progress we have today. Thank you to all our great partners!

U.S. Forest Service (USFS)

As special-use permit leasers of the Salt Lake Ranger District in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Alta Ski Area works closely with the Forest Service to protect and improve our valuable public lands.

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Town of Alta (ToA)

The ski area is located within the Town of Alta and is one of the town's main industries. Collaboration on the management of our natural resources, carbon footprint and community dynamics is a mutual vested interest.

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Salt Lake City Public UtilitiesKeep It Pure

Alta Ski Area is located atop one of Salt Lake City's major culinary watersheds. Keep It Pure is instrumental in working with us to protect and help educate our visitors and community about this valuable resource we all share.

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Cottonwood Canyons Foundation (CCF)

Cottonwood Canyons Foundation (CCF) is an essential organization in protecting the Cottonwood Canyons, and an essential partner to the Alta Environmental Center’s (AEC) year-round program. As so many of us find solace and retreat in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyon and depend on the drinking water sourced from these canyons, CCF takes responsibility in maintaining and preserving these places for our community and providing educational opportunities to build awareness around the importance of these canyons.

CCF is a small, non-profit organization with a huge reach! Over 500 volunteers a year support educational and stewardship projects in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyon. Spring provides more comfortable weather conditions, opening the door for CCF to bring local, educational institutions (ranging from elementary schools to the University of Utah) to the Cottonwood Canyons for field trips and research opportunities. They focus on conserving our mountain environment through hands-on education. Summertime includes wildflower viewing, community cleanups including noxious and invasive species removal, and completing maintenance and restoration on trails.

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It all started in 1995 when community members recognized the need for professional coordination of grassroots events in Alta, Utah. That same year, the Our Lady of the Snows Center building was completed and identified as a venue for ACE. A very successful season of programming during the winter of 1996-1997 catalyzed the formal organization of ACE. In 1997 ACE was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Since its inception ACE has served as the Alta Arts Council by offering quality and diverse events and programs for free or very little cost at all to its attendees. In 2004, the first Executive Director was hired and a second staff member, the Programming and Marketing Director, was created.

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Friends of Alta

As Alta’s local land trust, the Mission of Friends of Alta is to protect the environment of Alta, including watershed and wildlife habitat areas; to preserve Alta’s unique character and heritage and to encourage stewardship and sustainability of Alta’s environment and community.

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The oldest aviary in the US features extensive collections, educational programs and exhibits of more than 130 different species of birds.

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TreeUtah is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to improve Utah’s quality of life for present and future generations by enhancing the environment through tree planting, education, and stewardship.

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University of Utah

Alta Ski Area is pleased to be partners with the University of Utah's Environmental & Sustainability Studies Program and the Global Change & Sustainability Center. In hosting these program's annual orientations, together we learn and work side-by-side as stewards. As our relationship has grown we have worked to identify more opportunities for our hard-working and innovative environmental leaders pursuing higher education.

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