One component of AORE's mission is to promote the preservation and conservation of the natural environment. This component of AORE’s mission is both internally and externally focused.
Internally, AORE strives to conduct its programs and operations in an environmentally sensitive way, and encourages its member programs to do likewise. To do this, AORE members as part of their programming and education should utilize Leave No Trace principles and practices, as well as discuss relevant environmental issues and concerns, both in staff training as well as when in front and back country settings with participants. In addition, AORE members should seek to engage in environmentally-friendly and sustainable practices as it relates to energy use and efficiency, water conservation, transportation, food and supply purchasing and disposal, and carbon offsetting. Environmental and socially responsible purchasing of equipment and gear used for operations should also be practiced. It is also expected AORE members serve as advocates for the environment and sustainable practices outside their respective programs and organizations to facilitate, where appropriate, positive institutional and industry change.
In order to advocate for environmental stewardship in AORE member programs, the Environmental Stewardship Committee has created a Green Program Award. Our goal is to raise awareness of programs that are making significant efforts to reduce the ecological footprint by recognizing a program that exemplifies the above stated sustainable practices.
Winners receive rechargeable headlamps from Petzl and a Leave No Trace program membership courtesy of our friends at LNT!
We invite you to apply for this award to be announced at the 2017 AORE Annual Conference in Roanoke, Virginia on November 3, 2017.
Programs must not have received an award in the previous year
Programs must have a current AORE Organization membership at time of application and at time of the conference
Current Board of Director members are not eligible to receive awards and scholarships
Individuals participating in an independent selection committee are not eligible to receive the award or scholarship of which they are selecting
**Application deadline is September 15, 2017**