EPiC

EPiC: Solar Climbers

EPiC: Solar Climbers

Alex Honnold and Cedar Wright bring solar power to the underprivileged through the Honnold Foundation By Kristin Conard Cedar Wright and Alex Honnold take a welcome break from pedaling bikes and climbing desert towersto install solar panels on a Navajo elder’s home. Photo: GoalZero Alex Honnold. He may be known best for his free-soloing and speed ascents of big walls, but the California dirtbag/professional climber is more than just a rock monkey. In 2012, Alex started the Honnold Foundation, which “seeks simple, sustainable ways to improve lives world-wide. Simplicity is the key; low-impact, better living is the goal.” Simple living is important to Alex, and by living in a 2002 Ford Econoline E150 van with no electricity, no running water, and no central heating or air conditioning, he doesn’t have the typical American carbon footprint. Alex has been reading environmental non-fiction in his downtime from climbing for the past...
EPiC: Saving the Solitude

EPiC: Saving the Solitude

Snowlands Network preserves human powered winter Snowmobile trespass. Photo by Jeff Erdoes. Imagine gliding through a serene Tahoe glade on a pair of cross country skis. Then imagine a line of snowmobiles blasting through the forest and shattering the peace. Sound familiar? Most likely not—and there is a reason. Snowlands Network has been quietly advocating for backcountry skiers and other human-powered winter athletes who care about wilderness values for over two decades. The advocacy group works to ensure that future generations can find pristine areas in winter where they can experience solitude while engaging in healthy recreation. The organization’s founder and President, Marcus Libkind, saw a need as far back as the mid-1980’s for human-powered winter enthusiasts to be represented as the Forest Service at that time was engaged in promoting snowmobiling at the expense of backcountry skiers. Libkind reflects back on Snowland’s beginnings, “I was confronted with the realization...
EPiC: Inspired Leadership

EPiC: Inspired Leadership

Through the decades, Ecology Action has shown that meaningful change is possible By Charong Chow Ecology Action employees at a Fun Friday parking lot BBQ. A typical weekday morning at the Ecology Action office in downtown Santa Cruz, California begins with the arrival of a swarm of incoming bicycle commuters, a few carpooling motorists plugging in their electric vehicles, and a few others arriving from a morning surf session a short walk away from one of the city’s best surf breaks. Once inside the organization’s LEED Gold-certified office building, workers plug in their laptops, settle down their dogs and turn their conversation to issues ranging from climate change politics to the best local mountain biking trails. The scene is a far cry from that of the organization’s first office, located along a residential street in Berkeley in the turbulent late 1960s, and the strategies the organization uses to promote environmental...
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