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4 CO dealers offering discounts on 7 electric vehicles through 6-30-17

rEV Your Engines ­ Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines! The Electric Vehicle Sales EVent is at the staring line. Four Colorado auto dealers have stepped up to offer discounts on seven models of electric vehicles (EVs) during the regional sales program taking place April 1 through June 30, 2017. In this 90-day window, interested […]

Yampa, Oak Creek Green Machine Schedule

Green Machines are now available for single stream recycling drop-off one week per month in both Yampa and Oak Creek. In Yampa, the Green Machine is delivered to 83 East 1st St. the second Monday of the month and picked up the third Monday. The Oak Creek Green Machine is delivered to the City Park […]

What to Do About Roof Ice Dams

What to do about those pesky roof ice dams Excerpted from High Country Conservation Center in Frisco, CO Dear Eartha, Resident:  I have ice dams on my roof every winter. I’ve used heat tape in the past to melt the snow but it seems to cost a lot. What do you recommend? Eartha: This is […]

When Enthusiasm Meets Action on a Friday Night

from CORE, the Community Office for Resource Efficiency What are other rural resort communities doing? See what Aspen area folks are talking about. ­ “Yes, and is it enough?” That was the challenge laid down by organizers of last Friday’s POW: Action Summit. The packed house of citizens — most of them trending young, all […]

Are you a tinkerer, a fixer, a do-it-yourselfer?

YVSC is looking for volunteer coaches to help the community fix their broken stuff at a U-Fix-It Clinic on April 1. At a U-Fix-It event, people can bring all sorts of broken appliances, lamps and toys and learn hands-on repair skills–extending the life of their “stuff” and keeping resources out of the landfill. As a coach, your […]

YVSC seeks volunteer Board members

Yampa Valley Sustainability Council is a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the community’s carbon footprint through energy efficiency, waste diversion and education. The organization is expanding its Board of Directors to meet the growing demand for its diverse environmental programs and services. YVSC’s volunteer Board strives to represent broad community sectors like construction, energy, education, business, finance, resort, recreation, hospitality and more. […]

Cen$ible Energy Rebate Program to Re-open January 1

The Cen$ible Energy rebate program provides cash rebates for energy-saving LED lights, four types of Energy Star-certified appliances, programmable thermostats, energy audits and post-audit air sealing. Rebates are available for Yampa Valley Electric Association members to improve energy efficiency in their homes or small businesses. This popular and beneficial program will open again on January 1, […]

Want to get off unsolicited mailing lists?

By Suzie Romig, YVSC Energy Outreach Coordinator If you order online this holiday season, be sure to watch for a button to “uncheck” so that you won’t be listed on a lifetime mailing list just for ordering that gift from the one-time-only-shopping-company for cousin Bob. If you do end up on unwanted mailing lists, here […]

Local recycling options available for electronics, hard-to-recycle items

Written by Anne Mudgett, Program and Development Director with YVSC Since 2013, it has been illegal in Colorado to dispose of electronic devices in the landfill. There are several options locally for recycling electronics. Yampa Valley Sustainability Council (YVSC) offers free collection boxes for electronics recycling at several locations throughout the community for small electronics […]

Hard to Recycle Items and America Recycles Day

Written by Anne Mudgett, YVSC Program and Marketing Director November 15 was America Recycles Day. Recycling is one of the easiest actions to take every single day—at home, at work, at school and on the go—to protect the environment. Americans recycle and compost 87 million tons annually, which is the Greenhouse Gas equivalent of taking […]