Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web

Grants for BIPOC students: A $34K VF Corporation grant awarded to Colorado Mesa University’s new Outdoor Recreation Industry Studies program will be used for scholarships aimed at promoting diversity in the industry. [CMU Now]

No more plasticprAna—a member of the Plastic Impact Alliance and a leader in responsible packaging—has promised to eliminate all plastic from its consumer packaging by 2021.

Drilling in Alaska: The Trump administration has finalized a plan to open part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska to oil and gas development. [The New York Times]

ORR lobbies presidential campaigns: The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable has shared its “Roadmap for a 21st Century Recreation Economy” with the Biden and Trump campaigns. [The Denver Post]

ATC’s new publisher: The Appalachian Trail Conservancy has announced an exclusive distribution deal with Seattle-based Mountaineers Books.

Ikon Pass wins Telly Award: Alterra Mountain Company won its second Telly Award for an Ikon Pass video series that debuted last year. [SnowBrains]

New REI opens: The retailer’s newest location in Columbia, South Carolina, has opened its doors. [Cola Daily]

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