Climate Action Collaborative

Buying Raspberries in the Middle of Winter

Posted by Emma Sloan on Mar 26, 2019 11:19:07 AM

How eating local and seasonal produce can improve your diet, build community, and reduce your carbon footprint

We are all accustomed to the stands of berries positioned at the entrance of the produce section at our local City Market. It feels like a luxury to pick up a few cases for our morning smoothie, or afternoon snack—they’re only two for $5, after all. In selecting a case to purchase, its commonplace to check the contents thoroughly to ensure the delicious snack isn’t too ripe for eating; considering these berries have traveled quite a distance to reach the Colorado in mid-February.

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Topics: Climate Action Collaborative

Smart Ways to Stop Idling Your Car

Posted by Saphira Klearman & Mikayla Curtis on Mar 26, 2019 11:09:50 AM

It's your turn, to turn it off. 

As temperatures continue to drop below freezing it’s pretty easy and convenient to let your vehicle idle until it warms up. Simply defined, idling is when a vehicle remains running without actually being in motion. Many of us in certain generations were taught, in fact, that when it’s cold it’s safer to let your car idle before driving it to ensure the engine was adequately “warm.” We’ve all done it, it’s easy to do, but if you’re going to be waiting more than 10 seconds, you can make a big difference by turning off your car.

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Topics: Climate Action Collaborative

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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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

I'm Dreaming of a "Green" Christmas

Posted by Elizabeth Esche on Dec 5, 2018 2:35:17 PM

Keeping it Green this Holiday Season

For the environmentally conscious holiday shopper, staying green in aisles of plastic trinkets, decorations, and fake trees isn’t always easy. When trying to reduce waste, buyers can often be drawn into plastic trees, reusable bows and low-energy lights. But replacing every holiday decoration with a greener version may backfire by creating additional waste when your old products are tossed to the street! So, what old holiday traditions should be tossed out in favor of newer, greener products? We discuss three common dilemmas below.

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Topics: Forever Green, 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

Recycling Isn't Just About Trash, It's About Energy

Posted by Sophia Gianfrancisco on Nov 7, 2018 1:32:23 PM

Recycling Isn’t Just About Trash, it’s About Energy

It’s the right thing to do and is a critical part of meeting Eagle County’s emissions goals.

 

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Topics: Forever Green, Climate Action Collaborative, Recycling, Waste Update

Vail Resorts Dives Deep Into Energy Audits

Posted by Fritz Bratschie on Oct 8, 2018 3:04:03 PM

Vail Resorts Uses Energy Audits to Understand & Optimize Capital Improvement Projects

With the announcement of Vail Resort’s Commitment to Zero last year, Vail and Beaver Creek have committed to reducing their energy consumption by another 15%.  With much of the low hanging “fruit” having been done over the past 5 years, we changed our tactic and decided to invest in professional Level I and II ASHRAE energy audits at all of our major facilities and office spaces.

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Topics: 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

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

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