The 2008 Alpinist Film Festival


Thanks to composting and recycling, only one bag of trash (pictured here) went into a landfill after all four nights of Alpinist Film Festival events. Additionally, with funding from Patagonia, the AFF purchased thirty tons of carbon credits from NativeEnergy, which will apply them toward reducing the installation and sales costs of a wind-turbine project in the Midwest. [Photo] David Swift

In keeping with the commitment to take steps toward preserving the places in which adventure athletes play (Alpinist is published on 100 percent post-consumer waste recycled paper with custom soy-based inks), the 2008 Alpinist Film Festival began a series of green initiatives that reduced waste and offset the Festival's entire estimated carbon footprint—thirty tons—with renewable energy credits. We could not have taken these steps without the support of Patagonia, the Official 2008 Green Sponosor, and the other companies listed below.

Perhaps most astounding was that—over four nights, with 2,500 attendees—only one bag of waste went to the landfill thanks to a composting and recycling campaign.


The Alpinist Film Festival selected Native Energy as the provider of carbon offset services. NativeEnergy provides offsets from small- and utility-scale wind projects as well as farm-methane-capture projects. They also help to design projects that create sustainable economic benefits for Native Americans, Alaska Native Villages and other local communities, and that help family farmers compete with large agribusiness interests. The AFF's purchase of thirty tons of carbon credits from NativeEnergy will help support the sales and installations of German-designed wind turbines remanufactured and customized for Midwest conditions.

Christian Beckwith, AFF director, opens the 2008 Alpinist Film Festival at Walk Festival Hall. [Photo] David Swift

New Belgium Brewing—along with supplying dozens of kegs filled with delicious beer—supported our composting effort by providing biodegradable cups made from corn resin.

Teton Power provided the auditing services that determined the Alpinist Film Festival's carbon footprint. That audit can be read in detail here. Teton Power also set up the Festival's Relationship with Terra Firma Organics for our commercial-scale composting.

Jonathan Schechter, founder of 1 Percent for the Tetons, MCed the Mountain Town Matinee on Sunday, January 20. The Matinee premiered three films including The Lost People of Mountain Village, Resorting to Madness, and Mountain Town that explore the phenomenon of resort communities in transition. After the films, Schechter moderated a panel discussion aimed at what Teton County elected officials could do to help preserve Jackson Hole's unique mountain town characteristics. The panel included Teton County Commission Chair Andy Schwartz, Jackson Mayor Mark Barron and Frank Pickell, the director of Mountain Town. [Photo] David Swift

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