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Community Agriculture Alliance: Organics recycling — it’s not one size fits all

Adapted from Steamboat Today Recycling organic waste is a win-win for reducing climate pollution and one of the easiest actions a community can take to reduce its climate impacts. When organic materials, such as food scraps and yard waste, break down in a landfill, they produce methane, a greenhouse gas that traps 84 times more […]

Yampa Valley Electric Association offers Cen$ible Energy rebates for a third year

Article adapted from Steamboat Today, written by Sasha Nelson Craig — Yampa Valley Electric Association is offering residential and small business members Cen$ible energy rebates for a third consecutive year. “In addition to reducing energy use and utility bills across the YVEA territory, the first two years of the program supported local businesses and vendors with […]

Great infographic on reducing your bottled water carbon footprint

From http://earthtalk.org/reducing-your-bottled-water-footprint/

Calculating Greenhouse Gases, the Story of Bread – with CSU NRELs Mark Easter

Tuesday evening we hosted Mark Easter of CSU’s Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory to discuss his extensive knowledge on how agriculture produces greenhouse gases – in the forms of CO2 (Carbon), N2O (nitrogen), CH4 (methane). Easter used the analogy of the Story of Bread, and of what the affect of tilling, planting, fertilizing, applying pesticides, harvesting, transporting, baking, selling and then unfortunately […]

Recycling old buildings is more efficient and sustainable

Last night’s Talking Green (in partnership with Historic Routt County) Creating Sustainable Communities by Investing in Older Buildings with Jim Lindberg, Senior Director of Preservation Green Lab (PGL) at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, highlighted extensive research on and comparisons between the practices of updating older historic buildings versus a new “green” building. Preservation Green Lab seeks to minimize carbon impacts from […]

Why Urban Trees Are So Important

From Sierra Club magazine Trees cover an estimated 20.9 million acres of urban land in the continental United States. That’s 3,659 square feet of urban forest per city dweller—about the size of a not-so-modest four-bedroom house. But like housing, trees are not equally distributed across American cities. Studies have shown that there is a higher […]

Last night’s talk on Water – part of Water Week

If you missed last night’s talk on the Colorado Water Plan but want to continue to plug into information on water – we have events all week you can attend: Thursday, May 28 – Leadership Steamboat and Friends of the Yampa “Catch the Drift” launch for river Awareness – at the Chief, 6:00-9:15pm www.friendsoftheyampa.com/catch-the-drift Friday, May 29 – Gear swap […]

Be sustainabile this spring break

PLANNING A TRIP THIS OFF-SEASON? HELPFUL TRAVEL TIPS TO HELP REDUCE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT! Looking to book a place to stay? Search for LEED certified and/or environmentally friendly hotels, B&B’s and lodges. There are a number of websites that list green-friendly places to stay. If you need to fly, try to book a non-stop flight. A significant amount of a plane’s carbon emissions […]

Seeds of Time

Review of Seeds of Time by Lindsey Hall, Office Goddess for YVSC, CAA, and MSS Seeds of Time was an eye-opening look at what is happening on a global level to educate, preserve and protect our planet from lack of biodiversity. With industrial agriculture and climate change working against this, Seeds of Time expresses concern […]

People, Prosperity, Planet – What’s important to us

Valued supporters:   Here in the Yampa Valley, so much of our cultural identity and local economy is tied to our environment. But if we don’t value this place, then we’ll lose it before we even know it’s gone.   Yampa Valley Sustainability Council (YVSC) is focused on the triple bottom line-People, Prosperity, Planet. This […]