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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 […]

Join together to Spare the Air

The local Spare the Air educational campaign – sponsored by dozens of organizations and businesses in the Yampa Valley – encourages you to limit your vehicle idling time to 30 seconds.  Here are some FACTS to consider: 1 minute of idling produces more carbon monoxide than 3 packs of cigarettes. Idling wastes more fuel than […]

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 […]

Top 10 tips for greening your holidays

Article adapted from the Steamboat Pilot Written by: Cameron Hawkins, Waste Diversion Director, YVSC 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 […]

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 […]