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Zero Waste effort hampered by lack of market demand for food composting in Steamboat

Adapted from the Steamboat Today When “The Record Company” takes the stage at Howelsen Hill Friday to perform in the third free event of the Steamboat Free Summer Concert Series, one of the regulars in the audience will be missing. Yampa Valley Sustainability Council Executive Director Sarah B. Jones first acknowledged in a column in […]

A fresh look at conservation – 4 things anyone can do to make a difference

Adapted from Steamboat Sotheby’s Blog Protecting the environment starts at home, and can be a good investment as well. At a time when the political climate seems to be seeing as much change as the actual climate, it’s important to remember the efforts we all make as individuals can make a difference regardless of what’s […]

LED bulb rebates available for Oak Creek Electric customers

Oak Creek Electric customers are eligible for rebates to cover the purchase of up to 10 energy saving LED bulbs up to $100. Funding for the rebate program is made possible by Routt County with assistance from nonprofit Yampa Valley Sustainability Council. Rebates are available first come, first served as funding lasts through early summer. […]

Tour de Steamboat raffle offers chance to win custom Eriksen road bike

This year, the Tour de Steamboat benefit bike raffle has 5 prizes for one $50 ticket. For the grand prize, Steamboat-based Kent Eriksen Cycles and Shimano are partnering to give away a custom-designed, titanium road frame completely built with Shimano Ultegra components. The hand-crafted road bike is valued at $8,000. Other prizes include a DT Swiss wheel set, […]

“Le Ride” film retraces 1928 Tour de France

As part of the local Bike Week celebration, the Chief Theater is showing the documentary film Le Ride at 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 9. The Amazing Race’s Phil Keoghan recreates the original route of the 1928 Tour de France to tell an extraordinary story of achievement against the odds. Four intrepid young men from Australia and New […]

Looking upstream: waste diversion strategies

Written by Cameron Hawkins, Waste Diversion Director, YVSC In the U.S., an average family of four wastes 40% of food purchased, which is $1,500 per year. Reducing food waste is the simplest action you can take to save money and conserve resources. Many people are motivated right now to reduce their carbon footprint but are […]

Help make Steamboat summer events more sustainable

Adapted from the Steamboat Today Summer event season is here! There’s a full line-up of fun community events this holiday weekend, but, when you bring hundreds, if not thousands, of people together, events can generate a tremendous amount of waste. You may not see Yampa Valley Sustainability Council’s green waste diversion tents at many events […]

Composting in bear country

Written by Cameron Hawkins, Waste Diversion Director, YVSC Landfills are not designed to breakdown organic waste. When organic material like food waste goes in the landfill, it breaks down anaerobically, and the result is methane, a greenhouse gas 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide over the short term. So, naturally, composting sounds like a […]