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Earth Month – “Every Day is Earth Day”

April 18 – May 24

Every year, Earth Day comes and goes without much fanfare locally because of our late spring break and the mass exodus after the ski area closes to warmer climes and drier trails. You can still pay tribute to the planet during Yampa Valley Sustainability Council’s month-long Every Day is Earth Day celebration.


YVSC A – Z Recycling Online Guide

The new up-to-date 2017 recycle guide is now online with even more hard-to-recycle options. View the comprehensive Routt County recycle guide online here. Watch for a hard copy of the guide in the Steamboat Today in May.


Talking Green – Green Drinks
Tuesday, April 18
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Dude & Dans

Join YVSC for an evening of social networking for global change at Dude & Dan’s. Happy Hour specials will be offered and the game room will be available for families. See you there!

Rachel Carson
: A Film for Earth Day
Tuesday, April 18
6:30 p.m.
Library Hall

Rachel Carson is an intimate portrait of the woman whose groundbreaking books revolutionized our relationship to the natural world. When Silent Spring was published in September 1962 it became an instant bestseller and would go on to spark dramatic changes in the way the government regulated pesticides. Featuring the voice of Mary-Louise Parker as the influential writer and scientist, Rachel Carson draws from Carson’s own writings, letters and recent scholarship, to illuminate both the public and private life of the soft-spoken, shy scientist who launched the modern environmental movement.


YVSC 3rd Annual School Waste-Free Lunch Challenge ends
Friday, April 21
Local schools have been participating in a national data collection project to measure cafeteria waste. The campaign to reduce lunchroom waste culminates with the start of spring break. Learn how to pack a waste-free lunch for yourself and your kids.


Colorado Arbor Day
Friday, April 21


ReTree Steamboat Planting
Friday, April 21
Hayden Valley Elementary School

In honor of Colorado Arbor Day and Earth Day, fourth grade students and teachers will plant Ponderosa Pine seedlings around the school. Anyone interested in volunteering should email sarah@yvsc.org.


YVSC Reusable Shopping Bag Giveaway
Saturday, April 22
12 – 1 p.m.
City Market

Volunteers will be handing out free Yampa Valley Recycles Green Bags to the first 50 customers along with a “Remember your Bag” hanger and information about the negative impacts of plastic bags in our community.


YVSC Community Meeting
Wednesday, May 3
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Centennial Hall

Join YVSC and our environmental partners for updates on sustainability initiatives and events in our community. The meetings are open to the public, and attendees are encouraged to bring a friend.


ReTree Steamboat Planting
Sunday, May 7
Elkhead Reservoir State Park

To help provide shade for swimmers and picnickers, volunteers will plant Ponderosa Pine seedlings at two locations in the State Park. Sign up to volunteer online at www.yvsc.org/volunteer.


Give Your Stuff Away Day
Saturday, May 13

At no cost, with zero effort, and in one weekend, help your neighbors and yourself, while diverting waste from the landfill. On May 13, take your valuable, but unwanted, stuff to the curb for others to take for free. In order for this community give-away to work, “givers” are asked to follow some guidelines: 1) No trash, recyclables, illegal or dangerous items; 2) No food, drugs, chemicals or weapons; and 3) Set out only safe, valuable items. If your stuff doesn’t get taken, please don’t take it personally or leave it at the curb. Instead, donate it to a local reuse outlet. Visit YVSC’s Reuse and Repair Guide online at www.yvsc.org for resources.


Routt County Clean-Up Day
Saturday, May 20
8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Olympian Hall

While we all anxiously await the snow to melt, every sunny day brings new uncovered treasures. You can show your community pride in a direct and impactful way by volunteering your time at the annual Routt County Clean-Up Day. This great community event kicks off with coffee and pastries. Free BBQ and prize giveaway for volunteers following the clean-up at 11:30 a.m. also at Olympian Hall. Register in advance with Routt County Environmental Health by emailing Heather Savalox at hsavalox@co.routt.co.us.


Steamboat Springs High School Maker Faire
Saturday, May 20
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Steamboat Springs High School

The Maker Faire is not a passive sit-down experience; it’s a hands-on, community based learning extravaganza that inspires people of all ages to become Makers. Visit the YVSC booth to make your own automaton out of recycled materials.


Colorado Public Lands Day
Saturday, May 20


YVSC Talking Green
Residential Water Savings: Not a Drop to Waste
Tuesday, May 23
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Steamboat Springs Community Center

Water conservation educator Kevin Reidy with the Colorado Water Conservation Board will tie local water conservation actions into the larger statewide picture. Information will range from the big picture of the water supply-demand gap in Colorado to what individual actions residents can take in their daily lives.

ReTree Steamboat Stewardship Project
Wednesday, May 24
Steamboat Springs High School

As part of the United Way Day of Caring, Middle School students will be watering, mulching, fencing and monitoring more than 300 trees and shrubs that were planted on the High School grounds in 2016. Anyone interested in volunteering should email sarah@yvsc.org.