Steamboat Springs — With more than a dozen Earth Month events planned during the next four weeks, the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council is giving local residents plenty of opportunities to pay tribute to the planet.
The organization’s “Every Day is Earth Day” ongoing celebration means residents planning to be out of town on Earth Day Saturday will have other chances to plant trees, clean up the community and give away valuable but unwanted items to neighbors.
Green Drinks and screening of “Rachel Carson”
The Sustainability Council’s Earth Month festivities begin Tuesday with Green Drinks from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Dude and Dan’s. The event offers a chance to network with others interested in environmental issues and celebrates the end of the Sustainability Council’s six-week Food Waste Challenge.
About 50 local families tracked their wasted food and took steps to reduce the amount thrown out as part of the challenge.
“Families adopted new strategies to minimize food waste, such as freezing leftovers, meal planning and shopping more frequently,” said Cameron Hawkins, YVSC’s waste diversion director.
Following the all-ages Green Drinks event, everyone is encouraged to head to Bud Werner Memorial Library for a 6:30 p.m. screening of “Rachel Carson,” a documentary about Carson, an author and conservationist whose work was an inspiration for the modern environmental movement.
Waste-Free Lunch Challenge for students
On Friday, local elementary and middle schools will continue their participation in the Waste-Free Lunch Challenge, weighing trash, recycling, compost and unopened food to better understand the food waste taking place on campus.
“Waste diversion and the need to reduce lunchroom waste becomes more concrete when students are up to their elbows in food scraps and milk cartons,” said Anne Mudgett, YVSC communications and development director.
ReTree Steamboat planting
The first of many tree planting opportunities of the season will take place Friday at Hayden Valley Elementary. Upcoming plantings are scheduled for May 7 at Elkhead Reservoir and at Workman Park in Steamboat Springs and Stagecoach State Park on future dates.