Pagosa Springs philanthropists invest $5 million in Colorado School of Mines’ policy institute


Arlene and Jim Payne Arlene and Jim Payne

By Karen Gilbert

Special to The SUN

Colorado School of Mines’ premier policy institute for earth resources has a new name: the Payne Institute for Earth Resources.

Thanks to a $5 million investment by Jim and Arlene Payne, of Pagosa Springs, the institute will move forward with plans to expand its leadership and reach.

The Payne Institute will educate and inform policymakers and other stakeholders about pressing issues in the areas of earth, energy and the environment. Through research and policy analysis, the Payne Institute will foster collaborative partnerships with established research institutions, universities and government agencies around the world.

Originally established as the Earth Resources Institute in 2014, this new investment not only renames the organization, but enables the Payne Institute to propel its growth and enhance Mines’ role as a global public policy leader in these focus areas.

The Payne Institute is a natural fit with Mines’ specialized expertise and its dedication to serving industry and society since its founding in 1874.

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