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Walking Mountains Science Center
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What You Need To Know Before Idling Your Car

Posted by Walking Mountains Science Center on Jan 29, 2019 4:17:12 PM

What You Need to Know Before Idling Your Car

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Think Local First: How Shopping Relates to Sustainability

Posted by Walking Mountains Science Center on Sep 25, 2018 5:14:31 PM

Why does is it matter where I shop?

  • Fact: Did you know that only about 33.6% of the revenue from national chains is reinvested into the community, while approximately 64.8% of the revenue from local businesses gets reinvested into the local community? For the month of October, Walking Mountains is highlighting the benefits of thinking local for our environment, our economy, and our community.

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Topics: Forever Green, Climate Action Collaborative, Sustainability Tips

How to Dispose of Household Hazardous Waste

Posted by Walking Mountains Science Center on Aug 22, 2018 11:53:54 AM

Disposal of Household Hazardous Waste in Eagle County

* All household hazardous waste can be brought to the HHW Facility located two miles north of Wolcott (Exit #157),
off Highway 131, at the Eagle County Landfill.

Materials Accepted at the HHW (no charge up to 20 items)

• Lawn and garden products include insect sprays
• Fertilizers, weed killers, fungicide, herbicide and rodenticides
• Paint and paint-related products include latex paint, oil-based paint, paint thinner, turpentine, paint strippers, rust removers, varnishes and stains
• Household cleaners include ammonia and bleach-based cleaners, oven, drain, floor, tub, tile and toilet bowl cleaners
• Automotive fluids and batteries include used motor oil and filters, gas fuel, diesel fuel, lead acid batteries, antifreeze, and brake and transmission fluid.
• Miscellaneous waste includes mercury thermostats, batteries, swimming pool chemicals, sharps and syringes.
• Electronic Waste @ $0.20 per pound

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Topics: Climate Action Collaborative, Recycling, Waste Update

Lightbulb Swap at Eagle County Fair aims to Reduce Energy and Carbon Emissions

Posted by Walking Mountains Science Center on Jul 26, 2018 2:48:49 PM

Eagle County residents are invited to a light bulb swap at the Eagle County Fair from July 26-28. Simply by bringing two inefficient, old-tech lightbulbs to the Eagle County Fair, residents will receive two free LED bulbs in exchange. The program is sponsored by Encore Electric, together with the Eagle County Government and other members of the Climate Action Collaborative.

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“Encore Electric has been a supporter of the Climate Action Collaborative and an active community partner in Eagle County for 15 years,” said Liz Bankert, Encore Electric project accountant and Actively Green advocate. “We work every day to assist our customers in with power, technology and energy issues, and this is a way for us to help demonstrate a way for fellow Eagle County residents to cut energy costs and climate pollution.”

“Swapping out two old light bulbs with LEDs may be the easiest and most cost effective way to reduce air pollution in our community,” said John Gitchell, environmental manager with Eagle County Government. “We are pleased to be a part of the team to help Eagle County residents collaborate in this effort.”

"We are excited to see so many businesses working together to address local climate change issues,” said Kim Schlaepfer, Climate Action Collaborative project manager. “At the Climate Action Collaborative, our mission is to engage with community partners to achieve our community’s carbon pollution goals, including a 25% reduction by 2025. With Encore Electric's help we hope to help our community reduce energy use and save money, all while reducing our carbon pollution."

The swap will take place at the Eagle County Fair Thursday, July 26 and Friday, July 27 from 3:00 PM-8:00 PM and Saturday, July 28 from Noon until 8:00 P.M. at the Eagle County Fair and Rodeo at the Eagle County Fairgrounds.

The LED lightbulbs produce a warm white light and are dimmable, so they are ideal for living room lamps and kitchens. Replacing two LED bulbs saves $16 per year on electric bills and cuts 230 pounds of air pollution. Residents may exchange their used incandescent bulbs or compact florescent lights (CFLs) for the LED bulbs.

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Topics: Climate Action Collaborative

Holy Cross Energy offers $500,000 in grants for commercial energy efficiency projects

Posted by Walking Mountains Science Center on Jul 3, 2018 10:57:25 AM

Holy Cross Energy (HCE) announced its 2018 Think Efficiency grant program, offering $500,000 in matching grant funds for commercial HCE customers to carry out electric energy efficiency projects by August 31, 2019.

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Topics: Energy Smart, Climate Action Collaborative

Input Needed on Climate Action Plan for the Eagle County Community

Posted by Walking Mountains Science Center on Feb 7, 2018 12:42:15 PM

In 2016 a group of over 30 stakeholders that includes representatives from the public and private sectors of Eagle County, came together to develop the Climate Action Plan for the Eagle County Community.  After setting concrete goals and identifying groups to implement strategies, the collaborative project is now reaching out to the Eagle County residents it hopes to serve for public input and attitudes on the topic at hand.

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Topics: Press Release, Climate Action Plan

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