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Wasting food wastes everything

Article adapted from Steamboat Pilot Written by Cameron Hawkins, YVSC Did you know an average family throws 40 percent of its food away, wasting approximately $1,500 every year? What if you could buy only what you need at the grocery store, save money and have less food waste? This year, Yampa Valley Sustainability Council is […]

Sustainability Council launches community campaign to reduce household food waste ‘Food too Good to Waste’ kick-off event Jan. 24

Written by YVSC Staff This year Yampa Valley Sustainability Council is working to reduce the amount of food local families throw away to help save money and conserve natural resources. The organization will kick off this food waste reduction campaign at its monthly Talking Green education event “Food too Good to Waste” at 5:30-7 p.m. […]

An Energy Efficient Gift Guide

Courtesy of Consumer Energy Alliance Having a hard time finding the perfect gift this holiday season? Consider energy-saving gifts that are sure to bring holiday joy while saving your loved ones some hard-earned cash. Here’s a guide for presents that will save money, energy, and the environment this year: 1)  The Energy Department estimates that […]

Top 10 Holiday Home Safety Tips

Courtesy of Energy Outreach Colorado Please keep these tips in mind for a warm, safe and festive holiday season! 1. With family at home for the holidays, make sure you have working carbon monoxide (CO) detectors near bedrooms. CO can’t be detected by smell, taste or sight and can build up to dangerous levels when […]

Sustainability Council targets needless household food waste in 2017

Article adapted from the Steamboat Today article by Tom Ross When the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council prepares a hearty soup for the community in mid 2017, it promises to be instructional as well as flavorful, as it makes an important point about food waste. Anne Mudgett, YVSC’s Program and Development Director, said Dec. 7 during the […]

Input Requested by Sept. 1 on Routt County Building Codes Upgrade

Construction community input is requested by Sept. 1 regarding the Routt County Regional Building Department upgrade to 2015 building codes, which is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, 2017. Input should be submitted to Routt County building official Ben Grush at bgrush@co.routt.co.us. Any interested construction professionals in Routt County who have not received the previous […]

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 […]

Spring Maintenance Tips

As we recover from daylight savings and enjoy the warmer weather, naturally we begin spring cleaning. Below are some spring maintenance tips from Complete Home Inspection Services, LLC. Spring Maintenance Tips: Check for damage to your roof once snow melts. Have a professional repair or replace any damaged shingles or roofing materials and flashings. Check […]