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Waste Reduction Round-Up set for Aug. 19

Adapted from Steamboat Today Are bottle caps recyclable? Should I throw away the milk if the date on the carton has passed? How do I use fewer chemicals to keep bugs off my plants or clean my house? We all want to do our part to reduce waste and put fewer chemicals in our environment, […]

Zero Waste effort hampered by lack of market demand for food composting in Steamboat

Adapted from the Steamboat Today When “The Record Company” takes the stage at Howelsen Hill Friday to perform in the third free event of the Steamboat Free Summer Concert Series, one of the regulars in the audience will be missing. Yampa Valley Sustainability Council Executive Director Sarah B. Jones first acknowledged in a column in […]

A fresh look at conservation – 4 things anyone can do to make a difference

Adapted from Steamboat Sotheby’s Blog Protecting the environment starts at home, and can be a good investment as well. At a time when the political climate seems to be seeing as much change as the actual climate, it’s important to remember the efforts we all make as individuals can make a difference regardless of what’s […]

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 […]

Help make Steamboat summer events more sustainable

Adapted from the Steamboat Today Summer event season is here! There’s a full line-up of fun community events this holiday weekend, but, when you bring hundreds, if not thousands, of people together, events can generate a tremendous amount of waste. You may not see Yampa Valley Sustainability Council’s green waste diversion tents at many events […]

Composting in bear country

Adapted from Steamboat Today Landfills are not designed to breakdown organic waste. When organic material like food waste goes in the landfill, it breaks down anaerobically, and the result is methane, a greenhouse gas 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide over the short term. So, naturally, composting sounds like a great idea, doesn’t it? Instead […]

“One Big Home” documentary resonates for Routt County

Article adapted from the Steamboat Pilot Please plan to join us at Library Hall at 6:30 p.m. Wed. April 12 for this Green Building related documentary. The filmmaker’s brother, who lives in Steamboat, will introduce the film that night. Jennie at the library will make the popcorn! When carpenter, surfer and documentary filmmaker Thomas Bena […]

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 […]

Talking Green event to feature 3 speakers on waste, energy technology

Written by Lizzy Markman, YVSC Intern Community members are invited to learn about anaerobic digestion, a technology that turns food waste into energy, at Yampa Valley Sustainability Council’s monthly Talking Green event on Tuesday, February 28, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (Fellowship Hall). Yampa Valley Sustainability Council is raising awareness about […]

Yampa Valley Electric Association offers Cen$ible Energy rebates for a third year

Article adapted from Steamboat Today, written by Sasha Nelson Craig — Yampa Valley Electric Association is offering residential and small business members Cen$ible energy rebates for a third consecutive year. “In addition to reducing energy use and utility bills across the YVEA territory, the first two years of the program supported local businesses and vendors with […]