Caring for our Communities

The communities in the vicinity of Cloud Peak Energy projects, mines and office locations play a significant role in the company’s success. Cloud Peak Energy employees live there, a large portion of the company’s business activities occur there and the communities are our neighbors. These communities include Douglas, Wright, Gillette and Sheridan, Wyoming; The Crow Nation; Billings, Montana and Broomfield, Colorado.

Cloud Peak Energy supports the communities in which it operates in a number of ways. The company encourages volunteerism among its employees, maintains a matching contributions program, provides a mechanism for organizations to directly request support and funding and conducts and responds to Community Needs Assessments, which allow community leaders to identify key priorities.

Community leadership and involvement have become hallmark characteristics of our employees. Cloud Peak Energy employees serve on boards, volunteer as coaches for local sports teams and are actively involved in a wide range of other community and service organizations.

Cloud Peak Energy is proud to be involved in and provide sponsorships for community-specific projects in The Crow Nation, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado.

Sustainable Development Program

The World Commission on Environment and Development says Sustainable Development (SD) means “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Essentially, SD balances economics, social requirements and the environment.

SD in mining means responsible development of mining reserves. Examples include minimizing environmental impacts from operations, strongly supporting local communities and economies through incorporation of SD tenets in business plans and establishing a strong base as a sustainable coal provider.

The Big Metal SD program strongly supports these principals. Specific examples include wellness and home safety programs, community participation and contribution programs that focus on community sustainability, energy use and greenhouse gas emission reduction targets, among others. The Big Metal community approach includes active involvement in community and organization partnerships and helping communities in areas that go far beyond mining and reclamation.


Crow Legislators and BlanketsIn early 2014, Cloud Peak Energy honored the newly elected members of the Crow Tribal Legislative Branch with blankets. Pictured above from left to right: Valley of the Chiefs District Senator Tyson Gros Ventre, Mighty Few District Senator Brandon Good Luck, Center Lodge District Senators Paul Hill and Eric Birdinground, Cloud Peak Energy Land and Oil & Gas Analyst Kay French, Cloud Peak Energy Facilities and Grounds Technician Reuben Falls Down, Cloud Peak Energy Land and Oil & Gas Manager Alison Ochs Gee, Black Lodge District Senators Bryson “Jolly” Rogers and Greg Three Irons and Big Horn District Senator Paul Spotted Horse.