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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 […]

Sustainability Council recruiting families for Food Waste Challenge

Adapted from Steamboat Today An average family wastes approximately $1,500 every year on spoiled or uneaten food. Yampa Valley Sustainability Council (YVSC) is offering its Food Waste Challenge. YVSC is recruiting families that want to save money, reduce food waste and get tips for planning healthy meals. The challenge will involve tracking preventable food waste, […]

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 […]

Top 10 tips for greening your holidays

Article adapted from the Steamboat Pilot Written by: Cameron Hawkins, Waste Diversion Director, YVSC T’is the season to decorate, give gifts and travel – a wonderful time to be with family and friends but also a time that increases waste, energy and your carbon footprint. Yampa Valley Sustainability Council has compiled a list of 10 helpful […]

Looking upstream: waste diversion strategies

Adapted from Steamboat Today In the U.S., an average family of four wastes 40% of food purchased, which is $1,500 per year. Reducing food waste is the simplest action you can take to save money and conserve resources. Many people are motivated right now to reduce their carbon footprint but are not sure how. Out […]

Sustainability Council seeks business sponsors for Sustainable Community Events

Large public events often generate significant waste. Since 2010, YVSC has been reducing the environmental footprint of local community events, engaging residents and visitors in protecting the natural resources of the Yampa Valley. We work with event organizers and vendors on environmentally preferred purchasing, and the organization’s Zero Hero volunteers help event attendees sort their […]

Simple action, huge savings

Adapted from Steamboat Today Recently, 50 families completed YVSC’s Food: Too Good to Waste Challenge. The six-week campaign raised awareness about food waste and helped community members reduce wasted food in their homes. In the U.S., an average family of four wastes 40 percent of food purchased, which represents about $1,500 per year. Reducing food […]

Local schools track lunchroom waste as part of Waste-Free Lunch Challenge

To understand and reduce school lunchroom waste on a national level, the Environmental Research and Education Foundation has launched the School Cafeteria Discards Assessment Project (SCrAP). As part of its annual Waste-Free Lunch Challenge, Yampa Valley Sustainability Council recruited Emerald Mountain School, Mountain Village Montessori, Strawberry Park Elementary, Soda Creek Elementary and Steamboat Springs Middle School to […]

Earth Month kicks off Tuesday

Article adapted from Steamboat Pilot Steamboat Springs — With more than a dozen Earth Month events planned during the next four weeks, the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council is giving local residents plenty of opportunities to pay tribute to the planet. The organization’s “Every Day is Earth Day” ongoing celebration means residents planning to be out of […]

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 […]