Alton Byers, Director of Science and Research at The Mountain Institute, a nonprofit based in West Virginia, has provided the AAC with a summary of a recent research trip the Everest region of the Himalayas, Nepal. The report, titled "Protecting and Restoring the World's Alpine Ecosystems through NGS Explorer Collaboration and Exchange: The Role of Awareness Building, Improved Conservation Practices, and High Altitude Energy Development", sheds light on energy use at high altitude and looks toward more sustainable practices. Byers notes that the AAC has been involved in similar projects. Every year, AAC grants provide funding for a multitude of research projects, and research undertaken by these teams often falls into this vein of conservation practices high in mountain ranges that see more visitors every year. Byers was supported by the National Geographic Society Blackstone Challenge Grant. Click the PDF link below to read the report and learn more about this impressive effort in conservation.