GIVING BACK

Giving back to nature our most generous provider. We support organizations whose work to preserve habitat and raise the next generation of stewards ensures the long-term sustainability of this impressive place we call home.

The luxurious spa quality of the Copper River glacial mud inspired Alaska Glacial ‘s beginnings back in 2000, but it was the river itself and the watershed inhabitants that gave voice to the importance of sustainability and activism in our company philosophy. In addition to being purveyors of premium skincare products, we are also advocates for the Copper River and pledge 2% of our annual revenues to organizations that love, work and fight for its protection.  Due to a comprehensive social and environmental company ethos, Alaska Glacial received BCorp status by the BLab in 2014.

We believe in harmonizing commerce with the potential for social and environmental impact. The Copper River Delta is the northernmost portion of the Pacific temperate rainforest that spans from California to Alaska. It is the largest contiguous wetland on the Pacific coast of North America and is considered one of the most important fisheries and wildlife habitats in the world. The Copper River Delta is home to all five species of Pacific wild salmon, bears, wolves, nesting eagles and geese, trumpeter swans, moose, black-tail deer, mountain goats, lynx, countless other mammals and millions of migratory shorebirds. The Delta is almost completely contained in the Chugach National Forest. While the Copper River Delta is successfully managed by the Chugach National Forest for conservation of fish and wildlife habitat- for commercial, recreational and subsistence purposes- it is not permanently protected. The Copper River Watershed lacks a comprehensive management plan that would protect it from unsustainable development that has jeopardized many rivers in the Pacific Northwest. The importance of protecting this highly productive ecosystem is apparent.

See our Environmental Sustainability Guidelines (PDF) HERE and our Social Sustainability Guidelines (PDF) HERE.

Learn more about each organization we support (links open in new windows).

THE ALASKA CENTER EDUCATION FUND – Anchorage, Alaska

The Alaska Center Education Fund hosts programs to educate and engage Alaskans of all ages to support clean air and water, build healthy and resilient communities, and become empowered stewards.

BROOKLYN TO ALASKA PROJECT – Brooklyn, New York and McCarthy, Alaska

The Brooklyn to Alaska Project helps underpriveleged youth from Brooklyn to come experience the wilderness of the Wrangell-St. Elias Mountains National Park through an adventurous and enlightening 10-day trip to promote cross-cultural respect, self-reliance, outdoor leadership and environmental stewardship.

COPPER RIVER WATERSHED PROJECT – Cordova, Alaska

The Copper River Watershed Project promotes a salmon-rich, intact watershed and culturally diverse communities by forming partnerships for watershed-scale planning and projects including wild salmon habitat restoration, recycling, school education programs, food security, the youth Copper River Stewardship Program and sustainable community development programs.

CORDOVA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION – Cordova, Alaska

The Cordova Community Foundation’s focus is to enhance the quality of life in Cordova, Alaska through community giving. As a remote coastal community, Cordova is aware of the importance of self-reliance. We have come together to produce local initiative for vision-oriented legacy planning and giving to improve the quality of life within Cordova.

EYAK PRESERVATION COUNCIL and FOUNDER DUNE LANKARD – Cordova, Alaska

The Eyak Preservation Council works to protect the inherent rights of culture, heritage, language, and ancestral lands needed to preserve the Eyak Tribes’ continued existence as an independently recognized Alaska tribal nation.

NATIVE CONSERVANCY – Cordova, Alaska

The Native Conservancy empowers Alaska Native peoples to permanently protect and preserve endangered habitats on their ancestral homelands. They strive to maintain and secure titles to Native lands in conservation trusts to strengthen inherent rights of sovereignty, subsistence and spirituality.

PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND SCIENCE CENTER – Cordova, Alaska

The goals of Prince William Sound Science Center are to answer and address modern environmental issues through in-depth science in the Gulf of Alaska and Prince William Sound ecosystems. In particular, PWSSC education programs provoke inquiry into the natural world,  increase science and ecological literacy, and  foster responsibility for the sound use of natural resources. The education programs use hands-on learning and outdoor education to inspire personal connections to the natural world and responsible decision making to sustain it.

WRANGELL MOUNTAINS CENTER – McCarthy, Alaska

Surrounded by our nation’s largest National Park, Wrangell-St. Elias, Wrangell Mountains Center connects people with wildlands through art, science, and education in Alaska’s Wrangell Mountains.

As part of our ongoing vision to harmonize commerce with social and environmental impact for the greater good, we request feedback from our nonprofit partners to measure our philanthropic impact over time. You can read their answers here.