Platte River believes that organizations should be involved in and contribute to their communities. Platte River values this responsibility, and focuses its community-based efforts in three primary areas:
- Environmental stewardship
- Economic vitality
- Helping persons in need
Employees are encouraged to engage in various volunteer efforts and community outreach programs. Many employees perform independent work towards the betterment of our communities. Platte River also hosts various company-wide events to encourage engagement and involvement to help our local organizations and children. Some of these activities include Arbor Day festivities, Bike-to-Work Day, science fair judging, food and book drives, annual United Way campaigns, educational booths at utility fairs, bike trail clean-ups, and classroom edification. Platte River employees and family members also come together during National Volunteer Week in April and on National Make a Difference Day in October to complete projects benefiting local non-profit organizations.
Platte River participates in events promoting activities that benefit the environment and preserve natural resources.
Trees provide shade, improve the quality of our air and provide homes for wildlife. Each year on Arbor Day, Platte River provides funds to its owner communities for trees planted in parks, schools and other public places.
Platte River encourages use of alternative forms of transportation. On Bike-to-Work Day each June, the utility sponsors a breakfast station at its Headquarters in Fort Collins.
Employees collect trash and debris as part of Adopt-a-Trail activities along The Power Trail, a segment of Fort Collins’ network of multi-modal recreation trails.
RMEL Foundation / Platte River Power Authority Roy J. Rohla Memorial Scholarship
Platte River Power Authority and the RMEL Foundation are working together to support deserving and qualified students whose studies and career aspirations would benefit the electric utility industry by offering a $3,000 scholarship. The application is open to current high school seniors and undergraduate students who have a permanent home address within Platte River's four owner municipalities - Estes Park, Fort Collins, Longmont and Loveland. To find more information click here and to apply visit the RMEL Foundation scholarships page. The deadline to apply is February 8, 2018.
Platte River staff is available to attend group meetings and provide presentations on the utility’s generation and transmission operations as well as the legislative, regulatory, environmental, and economic issues facing Platte River and the electricity industry as a whole.
In-school presentations are available to support science curricula at the 4th grade level and above. Elementary school presentations describe the basics of how electricity is generated using various kinds of resources. Middle School and High School presentations address energy transformation and the economic, environmental, and reliability considerations of generating electricity using fossil fuels and renewable resources.
Content can be customized to meet specific teacher needs.
Contact the communications department with questions or to schedule a group or in-school
Platte River Power Authority is proud to contribute to organizations and community groups that support the healthy growth of our communities and local youth. Each year, Platte River makes donations that help plant trees during Arbor Day, aid the continuing education of children, and benefit organizations working to improve communities in our owner municipalities.
We partner with the United Way of Larimer County to run a campaign that collects donations for reducing poverty within Larimer County. This campaign involves the entire company as we work together to bring about a brighter future for communities within our owner municipalities.