How we make a difference
the acc's passion for the environment
As Canada’s national mountain organization, the ACC promotes mountaineering while being committed to conservation of mountain environments. Canada’s mountains are an incredible natural and cultural heritage. We believe that having access to the mountains obligates us to understand and protect their unique environments.
Through ongoing research efforts, the Club seeks ways to further reduce the environmental footprint of backcountry visitors through the use of appropriate technology and our vast hut network.
The ACC Environment Fund
The ACC maintains a permanent Environment Fund from which Environment Grants are awarded annually to projects that contribute to the protection and preservation of mountain and climbing environments including the preservation of alpine flora and fauna in their natural habitat.
All proceeds from the Summit Bid auction will be directed into the ACC Environment Fund to assist in promoting projects of this nature.
Projects we support
- Since 2002, we have granted $37,000 through the Environment Fund. The recipients include projects led by organizations like Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, CPAWS, The Association of West Kootenay Rock Climbers, Central Okanagan Land Trust and others. We've only scratched the surface of what we'd like to be able to do, and your auction bids will help us reach our goal of being able to more fully fund projects we care about.
- The use of huts is known to centralize, manage, and reduce the environmental impact of backcountry travel and the ACC is an acknowledged leader in environmentally responsible operation of backcountry facilities. Through ongoing research efforts, the Club is always seeking ways to further reduce the environmental footprint of backcountry visitors through the use of appropriate technology.
The State of the Mountains Report is an annual ACC publication that highlights the startling impacts of climate change on the alpine environment of Alberta and British Columbia. The publication is motivated by a commitment to summarize and better communicate an understanding of the environmental forces affecting these high places.
- The ACC also acts as an influential advocate for projects and organizations that align with our mountain values, including the Jumbo Wild campaign, working with the Alberta government in support of the protection (through parks creation) of the Alberta Rockies' eastern slopes, and partnering on a projects with Canadian Geographic.
The Summit Bid auction proceeds will have a significant effect with regards to our ability to contribute to environmental projects that align with our mountain mandate. Thank you!
“ACC huts play an increasingly important role in reducing the environmental impact of backcountry travel in wilderness areas.”
LAEL PARROTT | ACC VP ACCESS AND ENVIRONMENT
Partnering for the environment
The Alpine Club of Canada has a history of over 100 years of environmental leadership. Below are some of our major partners helping us continue the legacy of advocacy and education about the things that matter to our members and to all Canadians.