YVSC evolved out of a citizen committee known as the Green Team established by the City of Steamboat Springs around 2005. The Green Team was comprised of City employees and citizens with a passion to learn more about sustainable and green topics but the focus was limited to how these principles applied to Steamboat’s public buildings. As interest in sustainability grew, the limited-focus citizen committee could not meet the demands for environmental leadership the community sought. Thus, the Green Team returned to its roots of developing sustainable practices specifically geared toward city government offices and operations. The citizen aspect of the group went on to form the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council.
Since its inception membership has continued to grow. The grassroots effort boasts a following of individuals, businesses, government employees, residents, and visitors in the Yampa Valley.