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Talking Green

Thanks to our 2017 Talking Green Sponsors

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2017 Talking Green sponsorship information

YVSC’s longest on-going program

Talking Green was started in April of 2007 with a comprehensive presentation by local Architect Rob Hawkins on the Green Building concept, a primary motivation behind starting the program as the building industry was at an all-time high in Steamboat. There were over 50 people that attended the meeting room at Rex’s, and Talking Green was born — sponsored by Fox Construction for the next two years in conjunction with the City of Steamboat Springs’ Green Team. YVSC took over the program starting in December of 2009, for a list of these following events, click on archive at the very bottom of this page. Talking Green is regularly held on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 5:30pm at various locations.  Talking Green serves over 400 locals and visitors annually and provides excellent marketing outreach for our sponsors!

YVSC’s Talking Green is a member of the international Green Drinks program

What’s coming:

April 18: Green Drinks at Dude & Dans

Past Events:

March 23: At the Fork Documentary
February 28: Anaerobic Digestion: Turning Food Waste into Energy
(View video) (PDF Presentation) (summary article)
January 24: Food Too Good to Waste 
(PDF Presentation)
January 25: Sustainable Business Education Breakfast
(PDF Presentation)
December: No Talking Green this month
November 15: DIY Weatherization Clinic
October 23: Green Building Tour
September 27: Renewable Energy: The energy (r)evolution has begun -
 View video (PDF Presentation)
July 26: Green Drinks
June 28: Garden Tour – Attracting Pollinators –
Blog here
June 18: EV Ride-n-Drive
May 24: Tiny Houses Panel Discussion and Tour –
Blog and Video here  (PDF Presentation – Darrin Fryer; PDF presentation – Tyler Gibbs)
April 26: How Green is Your Sweater?: The Sustainability of Clothing –
Video here (PDF Presentation)
March 24: Just Eat It Documentary –
documentary available on Amazon Prime
February 23: Beekeeping in Colorado: Learn how to keep and promote bee populations –
Blog and video here
January 26: Role of Land Based Solutions to the Global Climate Strategy 
- Blog and video here
November 17What’s New with Solar: Get your Tax Credits Before They Are Gone - Blog and video here
October 27: Calculating Greenhouse Gas Emissions – Understanding all the factors with Mark Easter – blog and video here
September 29: Preservation Green Lab: Creating Sustainable Communities by Investing in Older Buildings –
blog here
July 28: Green Gardens Downtown  Tour- Tour de Coop – page here
June 23: The Future of Aquaponics as Sustainable Food Systems with Kristen Cooper and Senator Gail Schwartz – blog here
May 26, 2015: The Colorado Water Plan with CWCB’s Jay Gallagher – blog here
May 5, 2015: Pump
(see Films page) – blog here
April 28, 2015: Feed People Not Landfills with EPA’s Virginia Till
- blog and video here
March 10, 2015: Seeds of Time (see Films page) -
blog review here
February 28, 2015: SIGA Workshop (alt date)

February 11, 2015: Food Chains (see Films page)
February 2, 2015: Passive House Design at Creekside Cafe –
blog and video here
January 15, 2015: Growing Cities Documentary at Library Hall (alt date)
December 2, 2014: Hanna Ranch Documentary
November 12, 2014: The 2014 Recycling Feasibility Study Results with Laurie Batchelder Adams –
November 2, 2014: Green Building Tour – touring three inspiring homes in Midvalley
September 2, 2014: Green Gardens Tour
Blog post and video/links
August 26, 2014: Historic Sustainability Video1 Video2
July 22, 2014: Thinking Outside the Car: Alternative transportation Video
June 24, 2014: GMO 201, genetically modified crops: methods, benefits, and concerns- View blog with video here
May 27, 2014: The State of the Watershed Plan

March 25, 2014: Predators: A Conversation with Ecologist George Wuerthner
February 25, 2014: Investing in Game Changers with Sam Jones, 201 – For the PowerPoint from this evening please email info@yvsc.org
January 28, 2014: Leveraging Waste with Future Pointe’s Brendan McCrann – View blog with video here
October 22, 2013: A place at the Table Documentary –   For more on this movie click here
September 24, 2013: Green Drinks and Global Warming Cocktail Party - Where we got the inspiration for this one
August 27, 2013: A Panel of experts on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO)- View blog post with link to video recording of the event
July 23, 2013: 4th annual Garden Tour to Elkstone Gardens with Michael Thompson, Permaculture specialist from Basalt, CO- View blog post with link to viedo recording of the event!
June 25, 2013: Making good dirt: BioChar and local Compost – View blog post here with link to video recording of the event
May 28, 2013: An evening on Water with Stephen Grace, Author of Dam Nation- View blog post here with link to video recording of the event
April 30, 2013: Buying your next Green Car with Mike Ogburn of CLEER -  View blog post here with presentation and photos
March 26, 2013:  Local Foods and Community Supported Agriculture -
View blog post with videos of the panelists
February 26, 2013:  Transition 2.0- A story of resilience and hope in extraordinary times – View the movie here; this evening spawned two focus groups on Energy and Local Food 
January 22, 2013: Green Building Products with David Adamson, EcoBuild -
  Download Presentation
December 22, 2012: Ozzie Zehner and Green Illusions: Enviros, Time to Retool! – 
View Pilot article here
November 27, 2012: The Future of Waste: Innovation, Sustainability, Technology – View Video here   Download Hutch’s Presentation here   View Pilot article here
October 21, 2012: Green Building Tour –
View videos here    TV18 Video here
August 28, 2012: Growthbusters Film –
View the film’s website     Check it out at CMC
July 24, 2012: 3rd Annual Garden Tour and Talks  –
View video here     Blog Post here
May 22, 2012:
Sustainability in Historic Routt County- View video here

Look further back with the 2008-2012 Talking Green Archive