Climate Action Collaborative

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

When Clean ≠ Green

Posted by Elizabeth Esche on Aug 21, 2018 3:28:52 PM

Health & Sustainability aren't mutually exclusive

If you’ve ever gone to the grocery store to shop for your family, you know that reading labels can be revelatory, but time consuming. To speed up the process, many shoppers have an internal list of “dos and don’ts,” like avoiding high amounts of sugar, overly chemically-sounding ingredients, and even expiration dates that signal too many preservatives are in play.


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Topics: Forever Green, Climate Action Collaborative

Dos & Donts of Backyard Compost

Posted by Andrew King on Aug 7, 2018 10:47:23 AM

How do I keep my backyard compost happy and healthy?


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Topics: Climate Action Collaborative, Composting

New Compost Facility in the Eagle Valley

Posted by Shawn Bruckman on Aug 7, 2018 9:42:57 AM

New compost facility is great news for gardeners – and for local greenhouse gas emissions

Ever wonder what happens to that banana peel after you throw it away? How about those yard trimmings?

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Topics: 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

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

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

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

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