Want to be greener? Learn more about sustainability in the Yampa Valley:

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 […]

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 […]

Halloween costume swap

The National Honors Society Chapter of Steamboat Springs HS is hosting its 3rd Annual Green Halloween – Costume Swap! On Saturday Oct 19th from 10am-12pm at Bud Werner Memorial Library Hall How to participate?  Do any or all of the following: From now until Friday Oct 11th – DONATE USED, BUT IN GOOD CONDITION CHILDREN’S COSTUMES Oct. 19th – COME […]

The Trees are Thriving

  Steamboat Springs — If I had to guess how many thousands of buckets of water the Service Learning Corps and Community Youth Corps students carried this summer to water the seedlings planted as part of ReTree Steamboat, I would say at least 5,000. And because of all those buckets, I can report the trees are […]

Eco kids inspired at Green Team Summit

This past Saturday we had an amazing afternoon with our youth green teams at the 1st annual Eco Summit.  Over 25 representatives from green teams at Soda Creek and Strawberry Park Elementary schools showed, as well as a representative each from the middle and high school teams, and two from the college team. Students, parents […]

How Universities are Going Green

As the global population increases and more countries become industrialized, resource consumption has skyrocketed. Natural resources by their very nature are finite and this exponential development has made it necessary for the most advanced nations to research methods to conserve resources and develop a less wasteful future. As the centers of research and thought in […]

Are you an Energy Ninja?

All last week there were “Energy Ninjas” in the public schools that are taking part in the Two Weeks to Take Charge Energy Challenge, slicing their swords through energy consumption! How? By turning off lights when no one is around, and making sure natural light is being used when possible on those bluebird days, by […]

Strawberry Park Elem makes headlines for sustainability

Report: Environmental Literacy in Schools: Success Stories across Colorado Successful environmental education programs at schools throughout Colorado are getting students more engaged in learning, enhancing interest in science topics, improving scores in reading, math, writing, and social studies, and preparing students with skills and knowledge for 21st century careers. Learn how nine ordinary public schools […]

The Challenge is on!

[Larisa Woycio, student of sustainability, Colorado Mountain College] Today marks the start of the 2nd annual Two Weeks to Take Charge Energy Challenge in four Steamboat Springs schools. For the next two weeks kids from Strawberry Park and Soda Creek Elementary Schools, and Steamboat Springs Middle School and High School have been tasked wit the […]

What you didn’t know about idling… with “Spare the Air”

For as long as locals can remember, vehicle idling has been acceptable.  For one, it warms up the car’s engine and interior in the winter; whether diesel or not, that is universally considered OK, surprisingly an urban myth.  Myth 2:   idling using less gas than the ignition pumping gas into the engine.  Myth 3: diesel […]