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Talking Green: Top 10 tips for greening your holidays

Article adapted from Steamboat Today  T’is the season to decorate, give gifts and travel – a wonderful time to be with family and friends but also a time that increases waste, energy and your carbon footprint. Yampa Valley Sustainability Council has compiled a list of 10 helpful tips to make your holidays more sustainable. With […]

Making green building work for everyone

By Suzie Romig After nine years living in a middle-unit townhome with no yard, parents Bob and Chancie Keenan decided to find a home with room for their two young, active daughters to play outside safely. The reality of moving up in the housing market in a rural resort community hit the Keenans hard, as […]

Learn more about waste diversion in Routt County

In preparation for newly adopted statewide waste diversion goals, Routt County Department of Environmental Health requested YVSC prepare a white paper to examine the importance of waste diversion in Routt County as it relates to the broader regional and statewide landscape. Working closely with Routt County, we have finished the report, and it is posted on […]

Fairview neighborhood in Steamboat shows off green homes

Article adapted from the Steamboat Pilot Written by: Matt Stensland STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Heating a home for $200 each year is almost unheard of in Steamboat Springs, but the Kemp family has proven it is possible. The Kemp home was one of several on display during the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council’s Sustainable Homes Tour on Saturday in […]

Talking Green: Start at home, work to make a difference; new energy efficiency programs available

During a recent ride up the gondola, a fellow passenger and longtime local expressed her frustrations while passing over construction representing what she considers America’s “never enough” mentality. She said she struggles with making a difference for the environment or even knowing where to start to make a dent considering today’s often maximalist society. “Learn […]

Community Agriculture Alliance: Reduce, recycle and dispose of household hazardous waste properly

Article adapted from Steamboat Today  Household hazardous wastes , or HHW,  are common household products such as cleaners, paints, car products, and pesticides that may be hazardous to you, children, pets and the environment. Words such as danger, warning, caution, poisonous and flammable on the labels can mean a product is toxic. Do not put […]

Economics upstage environmental concerns in power plant closures?

Article adapted from Steamboat Today  The number of utility companies in the Mountain West announcing plans to shutter coal-fired power plants in the face of competition from increasingly economical natural gas is growing from a steady stream into a river this year. And there may be implications for the coal  and power plant industries in […]

Waste Reduction Round-Up set for Aug. 19

Adapted from Steamboat Today Are bottle caps recyclable? Should I throw away the milk if the date on the carton has passed? How do I use fewer chemicals to keep bugs off my plants or clean my house? We all want to do our part to reduce waste and put fewer chemicals in our environment, […]

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 […]

Spring snow does not preclude summer water conservation

Adapted from the Steamboat Today Written by Suzie Romig, YVSC Energy Outreach Coordinator Steamboat Springs — The late spring snow storm may make for a muddy May, but local water resources officials said community water conservation will still be important during this predicted warmer and dry summer. Below average precipitation from mid-February through March and […]