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Options exist for turning organic waste into energy

Written by Suzie Romig, YVSC An engaged and inquisitive crowd attended the recent Yampa Valley Sustainability Council Talking Green program on anaerobic digestion to learn how organic waste can be turned into energy and fuel on a variety of levels ranging from do-it-yourself projects to industrial scale equipment that could transform consumer waste at a […]

Every Day is Earth Day

Article adapted from the Steamboat Pilot’s Community Agriculture Alliance Column Written by Cameron Hawkins and Larisa Woycio, Yampa Valley Sustainability Council Since Earth Day always falls during our season-ending spring break week, Yampa Valley Sustainability Council is dedicating a month to celebrate “Every Day is Earth Day” and raise awareness of local sustainability efforts.  April […]

Food Safety Training for Colorado Cottage Food Producers

Join the CSU Extension office Tuesday, March 8th 6:00-9:00pm to learn about the Colorado Cottage Food Act and how to safely operate a food business from a home kitchen. Click on the Routt County Cottage Food Flyer for more information.        

Why Urban Trees Are So Important

From Sierra Club magazine Trees cover an estimated 20.9 million acres of urban land in the continental United States. That’s 3,659 square feet of urban forest per city dweller—about the size of a not-so-modest four-bedroom house. But like housing, trees are not equally distributed across American cities. Studies have shown that there is a higher […]

Free workshop 9/21 for small businesses, ranchers for energy efficiency, renewables

FREE WORKSHOP:  Learn about Grants and Loans Available through the USDA’s    Rural Energy for America (REAP) Program The REAP program can assist small businesses, farmers and ranchers with energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.  (Not applicable to residential, governmental or nonprofit agencies.)  This program of the USDA Rural Development can cut costs for businesses […]

Steamboat Mountain School agriculture program thrives

At last week’s YVSC community meeting Andy Ziegler, head chef for the Steamboat Mountain School (formerly Lowell Whiteman School), reported the school’s Sustainable Agriculture program is nearing completion of its first greenhouse on campus as well as the composting and aquaculture system as well.  The first step in the program’s broader plan is to include agriculture and […]

The Trees are Thriving

  Steamboat Springs — If I had to guess how many thousands of buckets of water the Service Learning Corps and Community Youth Corps students carried this summer to water the seedlings planted as part of ReTree Steamboat, I would say at least 5,000. And because of all those buckets, I can report the trees are […]

Easy, local food solution

Check out the Yampa Valley Co-Operative The on-line local foods marketplace whose primary goal is to “bring fresh, healthy, locally grown food and products to consumers in a cost effective and easy manner” $10 membership to buy local and no cost for producers! 2 easy pickup locations (Oak Creek, Steamboat) Eggs, produce, meat, bread, coffee, […]

Local Food Movement in Motion

At our monthly community meeting yesterday, Karen Massey of the Routt County Extension Office for CSU and Barb Parnell of LiveWell Colorado presented the findings from the LiveWell Food Assessment survey.  There are some surprising statistics in this study, you can find a copy of the assessment and the powerpoint presentation below. LiveWell Food Assessment […]

Have you been following? Water Educational Series:

In case you’ve been gone all summer, or have missed these great articles, Lyn Halliday of Environmental Solutions LLC has been authoring an excellent column on Water Education for the Steamboat Pilot and Today. Sept 4: Use a High Efficiency dishwasher to save on water Aug 28: Be Smart when cleaning Hardscapes Aug 22: Washing […]