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Climate fighters look local with community compact, away from inflamed federal rhetoric

YVSC, with representatives from City Council and Steamboat Chamber Resort Association attended the Colorado Communities Symposium.  We were impressed by the statewide work on climate mitigation and resilience and encouraged to work on climate action locally. Article adapted from the Vail Daily AURORA — Washington, D.C. is a dumpster fire, so if you want to […]

Changing climate impacts human health

Article written by Diane Miller for Steamboat Today The American Public Health Associationrecently declared that climate change represents “the nation’s greatest public health challenge.” But, how exactly does a changing climate affect health? According to the World Health Organization, health threats from climate change include increased heat-related illness, injury and illness from intensifying weather-related disasters […]

Save food, save money, save the climate

Article adapted from the Steamboat Today A third of the food raised or prepared does not make it from farm or factory to fork. Yet, people who need food are not getting it, and food that is not getting consumed is heating the planet. So, what can we do? In 2018, the Yampa Valley Sustainability […]

Climate change challenge: Scientist calls on Steamboat audience to tackle the issue like their ancestors

Article adapted from the Steamboat Today Written by Tom Ross STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Atmospheric scientist Scott Denning challenged an overflow audience of more than 100 at Library Hall in Steamboat Springs on Tuesday to rise to the level of the historic enterprises their grandparents and parents undertook to transform American society and meet the global […]

Diane R. Miller: Climate change is not political

Article adapted from Steamboat Today It has just been reported that 2017 was the most expensive year in U.S. history in terms of natural disasters, costing our nation $306 billion. The record-breaking year saw historic storms and flooding in Texas, Puerto Rico and Florida and devastating fires and resultant mudslides in California. More than 320 […]

Take Action on climate change in 2018

Article adapted from Steamboat Today It’s resolution time — fitness, food, finances, personal growth. In 2018, Yampa Valley Sustainability Council is resolved to mobilize our community around climate action. This year, consider making a resolution to reduce your carbon footprint. Below are strategies for taking action on climate change in your daily life. To ensure […]

2 Steamboat sustainability warriors get lifetime achievement awards

Article adapted from Steamboat Today STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Two recently retired Routt County department heads — Tim Winter, director of the Building and Plant Department, and Karen Massey, director of CSU Extension Karen Massey — were presented lifetime achievement awards Wednesday by the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council. Massey was praised for her role in  establishing the […]

Spring snow does not preclude summer water conservation

Adapted from the Steamboat Today Written by Suzie Romig, YVSC Energy Outreach Coordinator Steamboat Springs — The late spring snow storm may make for a muddy May, but local water resources officials said community water conservation will still be important during this predicted warmer and dry summer. Below average precipitation from mid-February through March and […]

Talking Green May 23 addresses residential water efficiency

The community is invited to join YVSC and local partners for an educational Talking Green “Residential Water Efficiency: Not a Drop to Waste” at 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, May 23 at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. The program will begin at 5:30 p.m. with residential water saving informational tables from Mount Werner Water District, Yampatika, Gecko […]

A Wildlife Reminder: Time to be Bear Aware

Adapted from Colorado Parks and Wildlife Bears have emerged from hibernation and are on the prowl for food. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is sending its annual reminder, asking Colorado residents and visitors to be “Bear Aware.” In early spring, bears can usually find sources of natural food as wild plants begin to grow nutritious new […]