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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 […]

Take Action on climate change in 2018

Article adapted from Steamboat Today It’s resolution time — fitness, food, finances, personal growth. In 2018, Yampa Valley Sustainability Council is resolved to mobilize our community around climate action. This year, consider making a resolution to reduce your carbon footprint. Below are strategies for taking action on climate change in your daily life. To ensure […]

Small Hacks to Going Greener at the Office

Adopted from an article from The Environmental Magazine Better Lighting, More Recycling, Indoor Plants and Telecommuting All Part of the Solution The average person will spend the better part of 1/3 of their life at work — assuming you work full-time from around 18 until you retire around age 67. Even if you’re trying to go green […]

Ring in the new, recycle the old

Written by: Cameron Hawkins, Waste Diversion Director, YVSC With the holidays in full swing, YVSC encourages community members to take advantage of local recycling options and the organization’s tips to reduce waste. For holiday feasts, an online portion estimator will help determine how much food to cook. If there are leftovers, eat them the next […]

Tips for an Energy Efficient Holiday

Article adopted from Impact Energy: Environmental Consulting Christmas Lights! Before you untangle those traditional bulbs, consider LED lighting or Rope Lights. Not only do LED lights longer lasting, but they use less energy. You could reap up to 70-90% energy savings. Plus, they look great on trees and outdoor displays. Time your lighting. Whatever lights you use, leaving them on […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]