Climate Action Collaborative

Kimberly Schlaepfer

Kimberly Schlaepfer
Kimberly Schlaepfer is the Climate Action Collaborative Project Manager for Eagle County. Kimberly works daily to ensure implementation of the goals written out in the Climate Action Plan.

Recent Posts

Walking Mountains Increases Reach of Zero Waste Events

Posted by Kimberly Schlaepfer on Jul 19, 2019 11:01:59 AM

Expanding Zero Waste one Tent at a Time

Walking Mountains Sustainability was the recipient of a Recycling, Resource and Economic Opportunity Grant from the State of Colorado. This grant allowed us to purchase 10 new zero hero tents and 30 trash, compost, and recycle bins! In the past, Walking Mountains Science Center was only able to provide zero waste services for local towns who had their own infrastructure for compost, recycle, and trash. For many years we have been asked by various local community groups to borrow zero waste stations for their events and unfortunately we would have to say no. Now we are able to provide this opportunity by having our own infrastructure. We are also able to provide zero waste services to events within town’s that do not currently have zero waste stations!

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Topics: Climate Action Collaborative

Beyond Food Rescue

Posted by Kimberly Schlaepfer on Dec 14, 2018 3:07:58 PM

Eagle River Valley Food Bank Takes on Community Food Insecurity, and Food Waste

Food waste is one of the biggest problems plaguing our developed world. In fact, if the food waste in the US was its own country it would be the third largest country in the world in terms of emissions. All the emissions from our landfill come from food waste and other organic material that ends up in the landfill, meaning our primary means of addressing landfill emissions locally, is through diverting food waste! The Eagle River Valley Food Bank is leading the charge in reducing food waste in our community and while also supporting equity, sustainability, and healthy communities. The goal of the Eagle River Valley Food Bank is “Healthy People, Strong Communities, Environmental Sustainability” and everything they do falls around these three concepts. I sat down with Brian and Rita to learn more about what the Food Bank is doing for our community!

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Topics: Climate Action Collaborative

The Greater Eagle Fire Protection District Goes Solar!

Posted by Kimberly Schlaepfer on Nov 8, 2018 1:15:43 PM

Eagle Fire District Installs Solar PV on Roof

A new solar array on the roof of Greater Eagle Fire Protection District is projected to generate 57% of annual energy use

The Greater Eagle Fire Protection District recently turned on a 26.1 kW Solar PV system on their roof. The PV system is expected to generate 57% of the annual energy use of the Fire Station. We visited with the fire Chief Doug Cupp, and Board Member Eric Peterson to learn more about the system!

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Topics: Energy Smart, Forever Green, Climate Action Collaborative

Electric Vehicles Incentives, Rebates, and Grants ENDING SOON

Posted by Kimberly Schlaepfer on Oct 3, 2018 1:56:43 PM

Time is running out to get a great deal on EVs and Charging Stations!

There is A LOT of activity happening at a federal, state, regional, and local level to promote the sale and install of electric vehicles and their charging infrastructure. If you've missed the news on electric-vehicles over the past month, here is a run-down on all things EV. It's important to remember these incentives and deals END SOON. If you are thinking about owning an electric vehicle or installing a charging station now's the time to act to ensure you get the most money back for your investment.

Colorado Electric Vehicle Guide

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Topics: Forever Green, Climate Action Collaborative

Composting with Bears - Steps to Keep Your Compost Bear-Free

Posted by Kimberly Schlaepfer on Aug 2, 2018 11:24:49 AM

It doesn't have to be bad news bears when it comes to compost

One of the biggest barriers for local residents in Eagle County to start their own backyard compost pile, is the concern over attracting unwanted wildlife, particularly bears, to their back door. Waste receptacles around the County are bear proofed to dispel the hungry, furry creatures from getting themselves into our trash and getting themselves into trouble.

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Topics: Climate Action Collaborative, Composting

Climate Action Collaborative E-Bike Share Demo!

Posted by Kimberly Schlaepfer on Aug 1, 2018 3:12:30 PM

Climate Action Collaborative Electric Bike Share Demo!

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Topics: Climate Action Collaborative

The Bookworm of Edwards - Purchasing for the Planet

Posted by Kimberly Schlaepfer on Jul 16, 2018 3:20:39 PM

The Bookworm of Edwards is a local book and coffee shop providing a wonderful and inviting atmosphere to eat, meet, and read all while enjoying delicious snacks and beverages. But not only is this coffee shop a local favorite, they are also an Actively Green certified business!

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Topics: Forever Green, Climate Action Collaborative, Sustainability Tips

What is a Renewable Energy Certificate?

Posted by Kimberly Schlaepfer on Jul 16, 2018 11:22:05 AM

A renewable energy certificate is created when 1 megawatt hour of energy is produced through wind, solar, or another renewable source. Because all energy generated, renewable or not, goes into the same grid, we are delivered a mix of clean and dirty energy to our homes and businesses. Renewable energy certificates are the way homes and businesses can claim that they have paid for energy produced from renewable sources!

Holy Cross Energy, our local electric utility provider, offers its customers a chance to purchase RECs to claim renewable energy generation on their energy bill.

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The next two videos are similar in nature, but offer a very simple way of understanding renewable energy is bought and sold in our utility market.

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Topics: Forever Green, Climate Action Collaborative

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