The Center for Snow & Avalanche Studies (CSAS) announces that it is the recipient of grants from Mountain Hardwear and Patagonia for 2007.
CSAS is a not-for-profit organization committed to the interdisciplinary investigation of the mountain snow system's behavior and role in human/environment relationships. The organization offers resources such as people, information, and facilities for field-based research and education.
Mountain Hardwear's grant was given as part of the company's â€œGives Backâ€ philanthropic annual giving program. The program's five divisions, Environmental, Outdoor Community, Recreation, Industry and Employee, reflect the company's priorities.
The Patagonia grant was given on behalf of their â€œEnvironmental Grants Programâ€ and Pine Needle Mountaineering, in Durango, Colorado. They pledge at least 1% of sales or 10% of pre-tax profits, whichever is more, to give at the grassroots level to innovative groups overlooked or rejected by other corporate donors. This program looks to fund activists who take radical and strategic steps to protect habitat, wilderness and biodiversity.
Both grants were given in direct support of The Center for Snow & Avalanche Studies Senator Beck Basin Study Area Mountain System (including climate) Monitoring Program.
About The Center for Snow & Avalanche Studies
The Center for Snow & Avalanche Studies (CSAS) is a not-for-profit organization committed to enhancing the interdisciplinary investigation of the snow system's behavior and role in human/environment relationships. This mission is accomplished through offering resources such as people, information, and facilities for field-based research and education. Formally founded in Silverton, Colo. in 2003, the organization has roots dating back to 1971. The CSAS believes that creating an independent center located in the San Juan Mountains significantly expands American snow science capacity.
About Mountain Hardwear
Mountain Hardwear has always focused on bringing radical thinking to the gear we make. That's why we have a section in our website that talks about the innovation we've built into our products: the patented Cross Flowâ„¢ tent construction, WindStopperÂ® next-to-skin fabric development in partnership with GoreÂ® and the patented Quantum Expanderâ„¢ for sleeping bags to name just a few. We continually challenge ourselves to bring technical innovation to outdoor gear and to create detail-oriented design features that anticipate users' needs. We combine that innovation and attention to detail with superior product qualityâ€”backed with a lifetime warranty that speaks for itself. Mountain Hardwearâ€”Radical Thinkingâ€”again and again.
Patagonia grew out of a small company that made tools for climbers. Alpinism remains at the heart of a worldwide business that still makes clothes for climbing â€“ as well as for skiing, snowboarding, surfing, fly fishing, paddling and trail running. These are all silent sports. None requires a motor; none delivers the cheers of a crowd. In each sport, reward comes in the form of hard-won grace and moments of connection between us and nature.