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How Can Consumers Avoid Palm Oil?

Hey Mr. Green! How can I avoid palm oil? I try to avoid palm oil because tropical rainforests are destroyed to develop palm oil plantations. But yesterday, I happened to read the label on a bar of my favorite soap and—oh dear!—sodium palmitate was the very first ingredient. What to do? —Joy from Tennessee  A: Palm oil […]

When Is it Time for a Residential Energy Assessment? or Home Energy Score?

By Suzie Romig, YVSC For a few years, I hesitated to change out the incandescent light bulbs in our tool shed not wanting to be “wasteful” by throwing out functioning bulbs. When in fact, not throwing out incandescent bulbs is wasteful. Switching two bulbs to LEDs lowered the shed’s power use from 175 watts to 17 […]

The Other 2 Rs – Before you recycle, reduce and reuse

The Other Two Rs Before you recycle, reduce and reuse(Courtesy of Community Office for Resource Efficiency in Pitkin County) Recycling is an important way to reduce waste, but the most effective way is to not create it in the first place. Manufacturing a new product requires energy, and the mining of raw materials. The product must […]

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 […]

How to Clean Refrigerator Coils and Why it Matters

Content courtesy of Complete Home Inspections, LLC  Your refrigerator is one of the largest, most-used and most expensive energy-using appliance in your home. It requires only minimal maintenance – just simple cleaning of the condenser coils, which disperse heat. If the coils are covered with dust, gunk or pet hair, they cannot diffuse the heat properly and […]

Watch “Racing Extinction” documentary 6:30 p.m. Tuesday Jan. 12 at Steamboat library

Join us to watch the “Racing Extinction” documentary at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday Jan. 12 at Library Hall in Steamboat http://racingextinction.com/#brightcove-popover-RE-trailer (2.5 minute trailer) Racing Extinction: The Film In Racing Extinction, a team of artists and activists exposes the hidden world of extinction with never-before-seen images that will change the way we see the planet. Two […]

Business, individuals honored for sustainability efforts

As posted by Matt Stensland at the Steamboat Today newspaper Steamboat Springs — A former Steamboat Springs City Council member, a 10-year-old girl, a lodging company and two teachers were among the recipients of awards presented Wednesday by the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council. “The awards are our way of celebrating in our community those that […]

School Lunches can be Waste Free!

  Waste-Free Lunch Yampa Valley students are working hard to reduce waste in the lunchroom. All schools collect recycling and some schools are even collecting food waste to be turned into compost and packaging to be upcycled into new products. But, after all the lunchroom waste has been recycled, upcycled and composted, there are still […]

CEO of Panera takes SNAP (food stamps) Challenge to experience hunger

Two weeks from now, LiveWell Colorado, the Bud Werner Memorial Library, and YVSC team up to present A Place at the Table, a documentary by the makers of Food, Inc. Food is a hot topic – local, organic, and GMOs aside, in much of the country there is simply not enough money for food, let alone […]

Hazardous Household Waste Part II

Household Hazardous Wastes Part II Reuse and Recycle  Community Recycle Drop Off Day is schedule on October 12th at Howelsen Hill from 9:00 to 12:00.  This is the second blog in a series on items to be collected on the Drop Off Day.  The first blog post discussed Household Hazardous Wastes (HHW) and how to […]