LOGE Outdoor Stewardship
At LOGE, we are first and foremost lovers of the outdoors.
The places that we look for when searching for ideal LOGE locations are the most awesome places to play outside, whether sliding on snow, cruising the trails, or out on the water. Our purpose and passion is getting people outside, and having a damn good time doing it. In fact, the foundation of LOGE’s mission has always been that “Engaging people in the outdoors makes them better stewards of the environment.” We understand that if we don’t care for the places we play that they will disappear.
Of course, this would be a hollow statement if all we did was help people come have a grand old time playing at LOGE without backing it up with action. We do this through two channels: Giving, and Responsible Building practices.
Instead of tearing to the ground and building new, which is standard practice for most “developers,” we renovate existing structures, prolonging their lifespan and avoiding an outsized footprint inherent in new construction. At all properties we use low flow fixtures like shower heads, sink faucets and low flow toilets as well as we re-use as much of the old furniture, lamps, mirrors, dressers, and frames if possible. It’s amazing what you can do when you refurbish items with a little love, sandpaper, paint, and creativity!
When getting rid of the remaining furniture and bedding we always look for shelters for humans and animals who can take in and make good use of our old items instead of throwing them in the trash. When upgrading electrical we use LED lights, and use fixtures that are energy efficient. With landscaping we recycle natural, native landscaping that does not need watering, and our goal is to move in a direction where all of our properties are LEED Certified. We’ll get there!
But building responsibly isn’t enough, and that’s why we donate a portion of our revenue to foundations that are in line with our mission - to help foster responsible outdoor access and stewardship of the environment.
We recognize that by encouraging people to get outside, we are users of resources that are largely supported by the local non-profits in the regions we are located. Therefore, we feel it is our responsibility to support those organizations that foster responsible access and stewardship of the outdoors.
For each LOGE location, we find a local non-profit that supports our mission, and donate 1% of top line revenue from that location to the foundation. We additionally donate another 1% from a company wide level, bringing our giving to a total of 2% of our revenue. We’ve been honored to form close relationships with our non-profit partners, and in addition to our standard giving we also host quarterly events with 100% of the proceeds going to one of our non-profit partners, and often serve as the home base for trail work parties, avalanche seminars, and other awesome events that our non-profit partners put on!
“All this sounds great LOGE, so who are your partners?” So glad you asked!
Westport, WA - The Surfrider Foundation
“The Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's ocean, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. We are a community of everyday people who passionately protect our playground - the ocean, waves, and beaches -that provide us so much enjoyment. Our model is to engage environmental experts to create solutions, unite local and national resources to protect the coast, and leverage our local chapter network’s knowledge with a national perspective. Surfrider has a dedicated team of science, environmental & legal experts who are dedicated to the protection of our ocean, waves and beaches.”
Leavenworth, WA - Northwest Avalanche Center (NWAC)
The Northwest Avalanche Center (NWAC) is a collaborative effort between the US Forest Service Northwest Avalanche Center and the non-profit Northwest Avalanche Center. The mission of NWAC is to save lives and reduce the impacts of avalanches on recreation, industry and transportation in the Cascade and Olympic Mountains of Washington and northern Oregon through mountain weather and avalanche forecasting, data collection and education.
Bend, OR - Central Oregon Trail Alliance (COTA)
COTA's mission is to develop, protect, and enhance the Central Oregon mountain bike experience through trail stewardship, advocacy, collaboration, and education. We envision a robust and diverse mountain biking experience that will endure for generations. We are a non-profit, volunteer organization that works in conjunction with the USFS, BLM and other land managers to build and maintain trails throughout Central Oregon. We have spent the last 20 years working diligently and patiently with land managers, building coalitions in the community, organizing committed volunteers and reaching out to other trail user groups to steward the mountain bike trails that we love so much.
Mt. Shasta, CA - Mt Shasta Avalanche Center
We strive to keep safe those that find their soul in the freedom of our mountains. We envision a well-informed community of backcountry users that safely push their boundaries. Our mission is to enrich the Mount Shasta Area backcountry experience by providing professional forecasting, real-time information, and avalanche safety training. Snow Safety...Information...Knowledge...Community...Stoke
And announcing our brand new partner…
Breckenridge, CO - Friends of the Dillon Ranger District
With more than 60 projects each year, FDRD volunteers contribute thousands of hours maintaining and improving trails, planting trees, pulling invasive weeds, educating forest visitors and much more. We are one of the most active locally-based outdoor stewardship organizations in the country, and have been recognized as the U.S. Forest Service's Volunteer Program of the Year in 2010. FDRD is a non-profit organization that partners with the Dillon Ranger District by leveraging the power of volunteers to assure that the National Forest enjoyed by millions of people each year are not negatively impacted by their popularity.
Company wide - The Service Board
The Service Board (tSB) mentors teens to conquer personal and cultural challenges through outdoor adventure, environmental and social justice education, and public service. We provide Seattle teenagers with a safe space where their voices are heard, where they are valued, where they find a supportive community and where they are encouraged to thrive. Our goal is to build community around strengthening youth capacity, amplifying youth voice and increasing access to opportunities for leadership and development. Our three-tiered programming approach combines social justice curriculum, service projects and confidence-building outdoor adventure activities that would otherwise be inaccessible to youth. Our focus on snowboarding teaches tenacity and determination in the face of challenge, and is a healthy way for youth to push the horizons of their own abilities and boundaries.