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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. […]

Guide to Greening Your Holidays

Written by Anne Mudgett, YVSC Program and Development Director In this season of celebration, decoration, gift giving and travel, Americans generate more waste and use more energy. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, the volume of household waste increases 25%, and 33% more food is thrown away during the holidays. 10 tips to make your […]

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 […]

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 […]

Food Recovery Network Certification

According to the Food Recovery Network 150,000 pounds of food are wasted in restaurants and 133 billion pounds across the nation (EPA, 2015) annually, while 50 million Americans are food insecure (1 in 5 children). The Food Recovery Network’s mission is to “shift the norm from food waste to food recovery.” Food businesses (restaurants, grocery […]

Tools to help you reduce food waste this holiday

Reposted from http://foodtank.com/news/2015/11/a-waste-free-thanksgiving This week, Food Tank is grateful for the farmers, researchers, and activists who are working tirelessly to improve the food system every day. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), getting food onto Americans’ plates accounts for 80 percent of the country’s fresh water consumption, 50 percent of American land use, […]

FoodKeeper App

The USDA, Cornell University and the Food Marketing Institute have developed a new application, the FoodKeeper.  This new tool which is aimed at assisting households in keeping their food supplies safe and will help stakeholders understand how different storage methods affect a product’s shelf life; thereby maximizing the storage life of foods and beverages. In addition, the […]

Feed People Not Landfills

This coming Tuesday we’ve got a special guest coming to Steamboat, and we hope you can join us to learn more! The Environmental Protection Agency’s District 8 Region Manager Virginia Till will be speaking on Feed People, Not Landfills, highlighting the EPA’s Food Recovery programs. YVSC has worked for many years on waste diversion through […]

Food Recovery Challenge Newsletter – Jan 2015

An amazingly extensive resource of links and news from the EPA’s Virginia Till   (click on bolded heading to jump to that section) Program Updates 1. EPA Region 8 welcomes new Food Recovery Endorsers: High Country Conservation Center and We Don’t Waste. Update on EPA Food Recovery Challenge and USDA Food Waste Challenge Tools/Case Studies […]