Alpinist Film Festival Tour Green Initiatives

Since shifting to 100 percent post-consumer waste recycled paper for its award-winning magazine in the Spring of 2006, Alpinist Magazine has sought other ways to help preserve the places in which adventure athletes play. The 2008 Alpinist Film Festival will offset its estimated carbon footprint for the tour events with the purchase of high-quality carbon credits generated by renewable energy projects.

The Alpinist Film Festival selected Native Energy as the provider of carbon offset services for the master festival in Jackson Hole, WY, and will purchase offsets from Native Energy as well for the Bozeman, Boulder, and Salt Lake City events. 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.

As you enjoy a New Belgium beer during the these events, rest easy in the knowledge that your cup is made from biodegradable corn resin. It's a small thing, but it keeps that same amount of plastic from going into a landfill. If you want to do something fun and easy to help the world be a little better place--park your car and start riding your bike more. In fact, you can join a growing movement of like-minded bike commuters by pledging miles and joining Team Wonderbike at www.followyourfolly.com, brought to you by your friends at New Belgium Brewing. If you are a resident of Bozeman, Boulder, or Salt Lake City and know of a composter willing to accept compost generated from these events, please contact festival producer Leslie Bahn. The Jackson Hole event, which hosted over 2,600 people over four nights, succeeded in sending only one bag of trash to the landfill; the rest of the waste was composted or recycled.