ANOTHER GREAT YEAR AT THE RIVER!
SPREE is wrapping up another great school year of excursions along the River. We've enjoyed working with nearly 5,000 students and seeing their joy and excitement when they catch their first crawdad, conquer their fear of rafting, or even just skip a rock in the River. It's especially rewarding when we hear from the kids themselves about what they liked and learned at our field trips. Each year SPREE receives thank you notes from hundreds of students and we wanted to share one of our favorites.
SPREE staff also had the pleasure of working with 10 amazing high school students from KIPP Denver Collegiate this spring. These students participated in our River Ranger internship and learned to teach 5th grade students about the River environment. We have also hired four of these students to join us this summer as educators at SPREE summer camp, and we can't wait to see them continue to grow as young leaders and River stewards.
Four of our River Ranger interns have also been hired to work for The Greenway Foundation this summer in our summer camp programs! For more information on the Ranger program, click here!
Nominations are open until July 24th for the 2015 Partners in Change Awards. Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged.
Winners will be announced at the Blue Moon After Party on the Bridge on Friday September 11, 2015. To learn more about this event, or to purchase tickets, please click here.
The Greenway Foundation is happy to announce this year’s Friend of the Award Honoree, MillerCoors! MillerCoors will be honored at the Gala on the Bridge, Thursday September 10, 2015. To learn more about the event or to purchase tickets, please click here.
MillerCoors continues to be a leading force in water conservation in Colorado, adopting best sustainable practices from farms to breweries. In 2013, the U.S. Water Alliance awarded MillerCoors a United States Water Prize in recognition of innovative water conservation efforts through its agricultural supply chain, a process that accounts for 90 percent of the company’s water use. MillerCoors collaborates with over 850 independent barley farmers (150 of which are located in Colorado’s San Luis Valley) to save more water, maintain soil health, and reduce pollutant runoff. MillerCoors uses an average of 3.36 barrels of water to brew a barrel of beer, compared to an industry standard of over 6 barrels of water to produce a similar barrel of beer.
For over three decades, MillerCoors has been an integral partner in the continued efforts to preserve and protect the South Platte River watershed, both upstream and downstream of Chatfield Reservoir. Since 2013, MillerCoors, under the brand of Coors Light, has been the title sponsor for The Greenway Foundation’s South Platte RiverFest, enabling thousands of River enthusiasts to engage with Confluence Park– the birthplace of Denver. In addition, MillerCoors’ support of The Nature Conservancy provides critical support of initiatives to protect the headwaters of Denver’s greatest natural resource, the South Platte River. Since 2014, MillerCoors has also provided support for the creation of nearly 30 water quality management jobs at Denver Water and surrounding municipalities in partnership with Emily Griffith Technical College.
It is for these reasons and so many more that The Greenway Foundation is honored to recognize MillerCoors as the 2015 Friend of the River.