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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Zero Waste effort hampered by lack of market demand for food composting in Steamboat

Adapted from the Steamboat Today When “The Record Company” takes the stage at Howelsen Hill Friday to perform in the third free event of the Steamboat Free Summer Concert Series, one of the regulars in the audience will be missing. Yampa Valley Sustainability Council Executive Director Sarah B. Jones first acknowledged in a column in […]

Routt County CSU Extension: The dating game

Understand what food label dates really mean Article adapted from the Steamboat Today What do you do when you discover the date on some of your canned goods has passed? Do you use them anyway? Do you throw them out? Confusion about food date labels is a growing problem as consumers have become more aware […]

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 […]

Sustainability Council launches community campaign to reduce household food waste ‘Food too Good to Waste’ kick-off event Jan. 24

Written by YVSC Staff This year Yampa Valley Sustainability Council is working to reduce the amount of food local families throw away to help save money and conserve natural resources. The organization will kick off this food waste reduction campaign at its monthly Talking Green education event “Food too Good to Waste” at 5:30-7 p.m. […]

An Energy Efficient Gift Guide

Courtesy of Consumer Energy Alliance Having a hard time finding the perfect gift this holiday season? Consider energy-saving gifts that are sure to bring holiday joy while saving your loved ones some hard-earned cash. Here’s a guide for presents that will save money, energy, and the environment this year: 1)  The Energy Department estimates that […]

Guide to Greening Your Holidays

Written by Anne Mudgett, YVSC Program and Development Director In this season of celebration, decoration, gift giving and travel, Americans generate more waste and use more energy. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, the volume of household waste increases 25%, and 33% more food is thrown away during the holidays. 10 tips to make your […]