Want to be greener? Learn more about sustainability in the Yampa Valley:

CSU professor explains “Simple, Serious, Solvable” climate change

Colorado State University Professor Scott Denning devotes hundreds of hours each semester researching and teaching about a serious global issue, yet he works to translate the topic into simple and solvable terms. That simple explanation of a worldwide concern with solvable engineering solutions is what Denning will present at Yampa Valley Sustainability Council’s Talking Green […]

Join together to Spare the Air

The local Spare the Air educational campaign – sponsored by dozens of organizations and businesses in the Yampa Valley – encourages you to limit your vehicle idling time to 30 seconds.  Here are some FACTS to consider: 1 minute of idling produces more carbon monoxide than 3 packs of cigarettes. Idling wastes more fuel than […]

4 CO dealers offering discounts on 7 electric vehicles through 6-30-17

rEV Your Engines ­ Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines! The Electric Vehicle Sales EVent is at the staring line. Four Colorado auto dealers have stepped up to offer discounts on seven models of electric vehicles (EVs) during the regional sales program taking place April 1 through June 30, 2017. In this 90-day window, interested […]

What to Do About Roof Ice Dams

What to do about those pesky roof ice dams Excerpted from High Country Conservation Center in Frisco, CO Dear Eartha, Resident:  I have ice dams on my roof every winter. I’ve used heat tape in the past to melt the snow but it seems to cost a lot. What do you recommend? Eartha: This is […]

When Enthusiasm Meets Action on a Friday Night

from CORE, the Community Office for Resource Efficiency What are other rural resort communities doing? See what Aspen area folks are talking about. ­ “Yes, and is it enough?” That was the challenge laid down by organizers of last Friday’s POW: Action Summit. The packed house of citizens — most of them trending young, all […]

Want to get off unsolicited mailing lists?

By Suzie Romig, YVSC Energy Outreach Coordinator If you order online this holiday season, be sure to watch for a button to “uncheck” so that you won’t be listed on a lifetime mailing list just for ordering that gift from the one-time-only-shopping-company for cousin Bob. If you do end up on unwanted mailing lists, here […]

Families Open Green Homes to Sold-Out Building Tour

The ninth annual Green Building Tour attracted a sold-out crowd of more than 40 locals. Learn more…. Instead of demolishing a 1946 old town bungalow, the Rabesa family deconstructed and reconstructed their home and saved some $90,000 in construction costs by reusing spaces and building materials. Steamboat Springs homeowner Susan Crites built a space efficient, […]

How Can Consumers Avoid Palm Oil?

Hey Mr. Green! How can I avoid palm oil? I try to avoid palm oil because tropical rainforests are destroyed to develop palm oil plantations. But yesterday, I happened to read the label on a bar of my favorite soap and—oh dear!—sodium palmitate was the very first ingredient. What to do? —Joy from Tennessee  A: Palm oil […]

Dump those Incandescent Bulbs

Q: LED bulbs use less electricity than incandescent bulbs, so I bought a bunch for my home. But now I have a few boxes of incandescents sitting in my closet. Does it make sense to use them because they’ve already been manufactured? Or should I recycle or landfill them?  —Rich from Massachusetts Those old bulbs […]

What’s new in renewable energy – first U.S. wave-produced electricity

By Cathy Bussewitz, Associated Press KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii — In the waters off the coast of Hawaii, a tall buoy bobs and sways in the water, using the rise and fall of the waves to generate electricity. The current travels through an undersea cable for a mile to a military base, where it is fed […]