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Climate fighters look local with community compact, away from inflamed federal rhetoric

YVSC, with representatives from City Council and Steamboat Chamber Resort Association attended the Colorado Communities Symposium.  We were impressed by the statewide work on climate mitigation and resilience and encouraged to work on climate action locally. Article adapted from the Vail Daily AURORA — Washington, D.C. is a dumpster fire, so if you want to […]

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 […]

Talking Green: 2018 focus on local climate change

Article adapted from the Steamboat Pilot  Written by Sarah Jones, Yampa Valley Sustainability Council STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Talking Green is the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council (YVSC) adult education series focused on relevant and timely environmental topics. Through this free program, YVSC provides community members with information about sustainable technologies, practices and products, tools to live more […]

Sarah B. Jones: Thank you Routt County for recycling

Sept. 23 was the annual Community Recycling Drop-Off hosted by Yampa Valley Sustainability Council at the Meadows Parking Lot. Since 2010, this one-stop-drop event has become a fall ritual for residents to clear their clutter and make room for winter gear. We would like to thank everyone who braved the rain to recycle on Saturday. […]

Trash audit in Steamboat aims to divert waste from landfills

Article adapted from the Steamboat Pilot Written by: John Russell STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The idea of sifting through trash isn’t most people’s idea of a good time, but apparently Cameron Hawkins isn’t like most people. “It is exciting; it’s awesome,” said Hawkins, who serves as the waste diversion director for the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council. “I’m […]

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 […]

Community Recycling Drop-Off set for Sept. 23

Article adapted from the Steamboat Today Start gathering those items that have been cluttering your garage, load up your car, and do the right thing with your hard-to-recycle materials at Yampa Valley Sustainability Council’s Community Recycling Drop Off from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 23 at the Meadows Parking Lot. Since 2010, this one-stop-drop […]

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 […]

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. […]

Looking upstream: waste diversion strategies

Adapted from Steamboat Today In the U.S., an average family of four wastes 40% of food purchased, which is $1,500 per year. Reducing food waste is the simplest action you can take to save money and conserve resources. Many people are motivated right now to reduce their carbon footprint but are not sure how. Out […]