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Climate fighters look local with community compact, away from inflamed federal rhetoric

YVSC, with representatives from City Council and Steamboat Chamber Resort Association attended the Colorado Communities Symposium.  We were impressed by the statewide work on climate mitigation and resilience and encouraged to work on climate action locally. Article adapted from the Vail Daily AURORA — Washington, D.C. is a dumpster fire, so if you want to […]

Changing climate impacts human health

Article written by Diane Miller for Steamboat Today The American Public Health Associationrecently declared that climate change represents “the nation’s greatest public health challenge.” But, how exactly does a changing climate affect health? According to the World Health Organization, health threats from climate change include increased heat-related illness, injury and illness from intensifying weather-related disasters […]

Fifth graders ask YVEA board to add more renewable energy

After completing an interesting fifth-grade learning unit on renewable energy in class and with the help of Yampatika, students in teacher Janna Hoza’s class at Strawberry Park Elementary School presented at the January 2018 board of directors meeting of Yampa Valley Electric Association. The seven students advocated for the board to create another local solar […]

Save food, save money, save the climate

Article adapted from the Steamboat Today A third of the food raised or prepared does not make it from farm or factory to fork. Yet, people who need food are not getting it, and food that is not getting consumed is heating the planet. So, what can we do? In 2018, the Yampa Valley Sustainability […]

Sustainability Council recruiting families for Food Waste Challenge

Adapted from Steamboat Today An average family wastes approximately $1,500 every year on spoiled or uneaten food. Yampa Valley Sustainability Council (YVSC) is offering its Food Waste Challenge. YVSC is recruiting families that want to save money, reduce food waste and get tips for planning healthy meals. The challenge will involve tracking preventable food waste, […]

Climate change challenge: Scientist calls on Steamboat audience to tackle the issue like their ancestors

Article adapted from the Steamboat Today Written by Tom Ross STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Atmospheric scientist Scott Denning challenged an overflow audience of more than 100 at Library Hall in Steamboat Springs on Tuesday to rise to the level of the historic enterprises their grandparents and parents undertook to transform American society and meet the global […]

Diane R. Miller: Climate change is not political

Article adapted from Steamboat Today It has just been reported that 2017 was the most expensive year in U.S. history in terms of natural disasters, costing our nation $306 billion. The record-breaking year saw historic storms and flooding in Texas, Puerto Rico and Florida and devastating fires and resultant mudslides in California. More than 320 […]

Take Action on climate change in 2018

Article adapted from Steamboat Today It’s resolution time — fitness, food, finances, personal growth. In 2018, Yampa Valley Sustainability Council is resolved to mobilize our community around climate action. This year, consider making a resolution to reduce your carbon footprint. Below are strategies for taking action on climate change in your daily life. To ensure […]

2 Steamboat sustainability warriors get lifetime achievement awards

Article adapted from Steamboat Today STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Two recently retired Routt County department heads — Tim Winter, director of the Building and Plant Department, and Karen Massey, director of CSU Extension Karen Massey — were presented lifetime achievement awards Wednesday by the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council. Massey was praised for her role in  establishing the […]

Small Hacks to Going Greener at the Office

Adopted from an article from The Environmental Magazine Better Lighting, More Recycling, Indoor Plants and Telecommuting All Part of the Solution The average person will spend the better part of 1/3 of their life at work — assuming you work full-time from around 18 until you retire around age 67. Even if you’re trying to go green […]