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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 […]

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 […]

Options exist for turning organic waste into energy

Written by Suzie Romig, YVSC An engaged and inquisitive crowd attended the recent Yampa Valley Sustainability Council Talking Green program on anaerobic digestion to learn how organic waste can be turned into energy and fuel on a variety of levels ranging from do-it-yourself projects to industrial scale equipment that could transform consumer waste at a […]

Sustainability Council targets needless household food waste in 2017

Article adapted from the Steamboat Today article by Tom Ross When the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council prepares a hearty soup for the community in mid 2017, it promises to be instructional as well as flavorful, as it makes an important point about food waste. Anne Mudgett, YVSC’s Program and Development Director, said Dec. 7 during the […]

Food Recovery Network Certification

According to the Food Recovery Network 150,000 pounds of food are wasted in restaurants and 133 billion pounds across the nation (EPA, 2015) annually, while 50 million Americans are food insecure (1 in 5 children). The Food Recovery Network’s mission is to “shift the norm from food waste to food recovery.” Food businesses (restaurants, grocery […]

Tools to help you reduce food waste this holiday

Reposted from http://foodtank.com/news/2015/11/a-waste-free-thanksgiving This week, Food Tank is grateful for the farmers, researchers, and activists who are working tirelessly to improve the food system every day. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), getting food onto Americans’ plates accounts for 80 percent of the country’s fresh water consumption, 50 percent of American land use, […]

Recycling is valuable

In the past week, several people have sent us an opinion piece from the New York Times by John Tierney. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/04/opinion/sunday/the-reign-of-recycling.html In the article, Tierney suggests that recycling and composting are “costly and ineffectual” and it would be better for both the economy and the environment to landfill our waste. Ironically, this article was published within […]

40 members tour 4 coops

Last week YVSC hosted it’s annual Garden Tour with a twist – touring four homes near Soda Creek Elementary that all have chicken coops. Since the regulation for chickens in the city limits changed 5 years ago, more and more residents are trying chickens – both successfully and with challenges. Building a large, predator-safe enclosure […]

Soda Creek Elementary wins inaugural Zero Waste Lunchroom Challenge

Steamboat is already great at Zero Waste and our schools are an amazing example of exactly how! In April to celebrate Earth Day, students were invited to practice reducing meal waste and leftovers in the trash through the new Waste-Free Lunch Challenge. Students, parents and Green Teams as Soda Creek Elementary, Strawberry Park Elementary and Emerald Mountain School participated, […]

Food – preventing, preserving, profiting from waste

Americans have so much food waste, we could fill the Rosebowl with it. Daily. Virginia Till, Recycling Specialist of the EPA’s Environmental Stewardship Unit for the District 8 region (CO, MT, UT, WY, ND, SD and 27 tribes), came to Steamboat yesterday to speak on the topic of Resource Preservation, discussing the EPA’s programs such […]