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2014 • RECYCLING & COMPOSTING GUIDE • SUSTAINABLE FOOD • ENERGY & SUSTAINABLE BUILDING

TO H I G H C O U N T RY L I V I N G

WHAT’S IN IT?

a closer look at composting

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2014 AUTHORS: The staff of the High Country Conservation Center.

Published in partnership with PUBLISHER

Matt Sandberg • msandberg@summitdaily.com

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WASTE REDUCTION

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SUSTAINABLE AND LOCAL FOOD

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SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS PROGRAMS

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ENERGY AND GREEN BUILDING

MARKETING & SPECIAL PROJECTS

Maggie Butler • mbutler@summitdaily.com DESIGNER

Malisa Samsel SUMMIT DAILY NEWS • 331 W. MAIN ST. FRISCO, CO 80443 970-668-3998 • WWW.SUMMITDAILY.COM

For specific program information, please contact the following staff members at the High Country Conservation Center: JENNIFER SCHENK » Executive Director

jenschenk@highcountryconservation.org JENNIFER SANTRY » Community Programs Director Recycling & Composting Programs, Sustainable Food Programs

jen@highcountryconservation.org KEVIN BERG » Energy Operations Manager Energy Audits, Home Energy Ratings and Energy Star Programs

kevin@highcountryconservation.org MARTY JAMES » Energy Programs Coordinator Community Energy Efficiency and Business Programs

marty@highcountryconservation.org

CASSIDY CALLAHAN » Community Programs Coordinator Zero Waste Events, Education Programs, Marketing

HC3’S 2014 STAFF AND BOARD OF DIRECTOR S

WELCOME TO

the 8th Annual

Green Guide to High Country Living. We created this guide to showcase local green services and businesses, as well as to provide tips on how to live more sustainably. Summit County has a long history of environmental stewardship, and this guide is just one way to help residents and visitors learn more about our community’s sustainability. We hope that this Green Guide inspires you to patronize local green businesses and incorporate one or two sustainable actions into your daily life. For more tips on sustainability in Summit County, please visit highcountryconservation.org.

cassidy@highcountryconservation.org

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Over 34,000 buildings retrofitted Since 1975 Be “Dam Smart”. We take our Mission to Heart. Doing the Science and Art of Energy Conservation, without Reservation! Heat Loss is not only Wasteful and Discomforting, It Adds to Ice Damming and Heat Tape Abusing. You will Benefit from our Successes and all we have Learned from our Mistakes.

“We Save your Heat or We won’t Eat” 998 Blue River Parkway Silverthorne, CO 80498

970-485-1095 3840 York Street #219, Denver, CO 80205

303-549-6900 info@AboutSavingHeat.com www.AboutSavingHeat.com


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WHAT IS CONSERVATION THE HIGH COUNTRY CENTER? FOUNDED IN 1976 AS SUMMIT RECYCLING PROJECT, the High Country Conservation Center is a community-based, nonprofit organization working to provide practical solutions to waste reduction and resource conservation in our mountain community for over three decades. The Conservation Center connects residents, visitors and businesses to create a more sustainable community. Some of our programs and services include the following:

Waste Reduction

Sustainable and Local Food

• Recycling and Compost Facility Tours • Waste Audits & Recycling Consultations for Businesses • Zero Waste Event Services • Eco-Products Compostable Product Sales • Composting in the Schools Program • Residential Compost Drop-Off

• Summit Community Garden Network • The Living Classroom (TLC) Garden Tour • New Breckenridge Community Greenhouse • Summit CSA – Community Supported Agriculture • Summit CSA – Cultivating Students of Agriculture • Annual Harvest Dinners • Sustainable Food Resources

Education and Community Outreach • Energy Explorers Program for K-12 Students • Master Mountain Composter Program • Gardening Classes • Sustainable Business Workshops • “Ask Eartha Steward” Column in the Summit Daily News

Sustainable Building and Energy • Home and Business Energy Audits • Energy Smart Residential Program • Local Solar Gardens • Sustainable Business Programs • Energy Star Certifications for New Homes

CONSERVING RESOURCES TAKES RESOURCES! We rely on the volunteers and financial support of our community to make these programs happen. Please consider volunteering your time or making a tax-deductible donation to the High Country Conservation Center. For information on any of our programs or services or to find out how you can help, please stop by our office at 518 Main Street in Frisco, call us at (970) 668-5703, email us at info@highcountryconservation.org, or visit us online at www.highcountryconservation.org

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RECYCLING DROP-OFF CENTERS The Summit County Recycling Program collects over 20 types of materials at the drop-off centers located in Breckenridge, Frisco, and Dillon. By recycling locally, you can help keep dollars in local recycling and waste reduction programs – like composting, special event recycling, household hazardous waste collection, electronics recycling, and more. Find out where your recyclables go— and choose local recyclers!

Breckenridge Recycling Center County Road 450, at the corner of 7-Eleven on the north side of town, ¼ mile on left; OPEN 24 hours a day, 7 days a week Frisco Recycling Center – Across the street from the County Commons building, next to the Colorado State Patrol building, off Highway 9 just south of Frisco; OPEN 24 hours a day, 7 days a week Dillon Mobile Recycling Trailer – Dillon Town Hall parking lot, from U.S. Highway 6 turn on to Lake Dillon Drive, ¼ mile on left, catty corner to the Dillon Post Office, OPEN 7:00am to dark, 7 days a week (* = not accepted in Dillon)

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Summit Cove Mobile Recycling Trailer - North parking lot at Summit Cove Elementary School, 727 Cove Boulevard; available only the first full week (Monday through Sunday) of every month (* = not accepted in Summit Cove)

Waste Management Recycling Center - Brian Ave. at Third St. in Silverthorne; open 8:00am to 4:30pm, Monday-Friday.


2014 SU M M IT COU NT Y R EC YCLING GU IDE

Material

Yes

No

MIXED PAPER

Newspapers & Inserts; White & Light Colored Office Paper; Envelopes; Notebook Paper; Magazines; Phone Books, Staples, Paper Clips,Tape OK

Neon Colored Paper; Tissues; Napkins; Paper Plates or Cups; Brown Paper Bags; Cardboard; Paperboard (Cereal Boxes); Plastic Bags

#1 PETE - BOTTLES ONLY

Soda bottles and water bottles labeled with a #1 only!

Plastic bags; Tubs; Styrofoam; Clamshells; Numbers #3 - #7 plastics of any kind!

#2 MILK JUGS & SOLID COLORED BOTTLES ONLY!

Milk jugs, detergent bottles, and shampoo bottles labeled with a #2 only!

Plastic bags; Tubs; Styrofoam; Numbers #3 #7 plastics of any kind!

MIXED METAL CONTAINERS

Aluminum Cans; Aluminum Foil & Pie Plates; Tin Cans

Scrap Metal

CARDBOARD & PAPERBOARD

Cardboard; Paperboard (cereal boxes & six-pack containers); Brown Paper Bags. Staples & Tape OK; PLEASE FLATTEN

Milk or Soy Milk Cartons; Wax-Coated Cardboard; Other Paper

Bottles & Jars; Brown,Yellow, Green, Blue Colors

CERAMIC DISHES, Window Glass; Drinking Glasses; Pyrex

MIXED GLASS

CERAMIC DISHES, Window Glass; Drinking Glasses; Pyrex, other colors of glass

CLEAR GLASS

Bottles & Jars: Clear glass only.

Other Household Hazardous Waste

BATTERIES*

Please sort into marked bins: Alkaline; Rechargeable (please tape terminals); Lithium Ion; Lead Acid Batteries (Auto, Marine, Computer Back-up Units)

USED MOTOR OIL* OIL FILTERS ANTIFREEZE

Antifreeze and oil are now accepted in original containers with lids. Available at Frisco and Breckenridge Drop-Off Centers only!

Motor oil containers are NOT RECYCLABLE; please dispose of with household trash.

SCRAP METAL*

Available at the FRISCO & BRECKENRIDGE DROP-OFF CENTER ONLY

Appliances, propane tanks, fuel tanks, barbed wire, 55 gallon drums, batteries, computers or TVs

C ALL 970-668-5703 FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT RECYCLING AND WASTE REDUCTION, OR VISIT WWW.HIGHCOUNTRYCONSERVATION.ORG. OTHER MATERIALS: Computers/Electronics collected at Summit County Resource Allocation Park (SCRAP) during regular operating hours (M-F 7am to 4pm and fees may apply); Appliances at SCRAP, fees do apply (Freon must be removed from refrigerators before drop-off); Household Hazardous Waste Program at SCRAP (seasonal hours and fees apply).

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HARD-TO-RECYCLE ITEMS

and Other Unusual Materials for Recycling

*SCRAP {Summit County Resource Allocation Park} Home of the Summit County Recycling Center, High Country Compost Facility, Household Hazardous Waste Program, Electronics Recycling Program, and the Landfill. Located on Landfill Road – Off Highway 6 near Keystone. Hours: Monday through Friday (7 a.m. – 4 p.m.) CLOSED SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS. Contact: 970-468-9263 x0 or visit www.co.summit.co.us ANTIFREEZE, OIL & OIL FILTERS: Accepted at SCRAP and the Frisco and Breckenridge Recycling Centers.

APPLIANCES (Dishwashers, Hot Water Heaters, Washers/Dryers): Accepted at SCRAP*

REFRIGERATORS & OTHER FREONCONTAINING APPLIANCES: FREON MUST BE REMOVED BEFORE RECYCLING or DISPOSAL! Once you have a certificate for Freon removal with your refrigerator, you can recycle it at SCRAP* or contact a local appliance retailer to have it recycled.

BATTERIES: o Alkaline, carbon, zinc, lead, nickel, cadmium, rechargeable, marine and car batteries accepted at the Frisco & Breckenridge Recycling Centers. o Waste Management customers can recycle dry cell batteries through WM’s Think Green from Home kits - 9 volt and smaller used alkaline, carbon-zinc, NiCad and NIMH batteries only.

CELL PHONES, IPODS, AND INK CARTRIDGES: o All Summit County Town Halls and Police Departments collect cell phones for Advocates for Victims of Assault (668-3906) o Summit County Builders Association recycles cell phones and the money goes to the State’s charity fund to build homes for people in need (668-6013) o You can also recycle cell phones at High Country Conservation Center’s office in Frisco (668-5703)

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o You can send ink cartridges back to manufacturers or take them to OfficeMax - accepts all brands (468-9155)

COMPACT FLUORESCENT BULBS (CFLS) AND TUBES: All fluorescent light bulbs including CFLs & tubes contain a small amount of mercury & must be handled and recycled carefully. o Compact Fluorescent Bulbs: Lowe’s Home Improvement, Buffalo Mountain Dr. in Silverthorne (968-4000) – free! o Fluorescent Tubes: SCRAP ($1 per tube)

o Fluorescent Tubes & Bulbs: Waste Management (WM) customers can recycle bulbs and tubes through WM’s Lamptracker kit (468-2475)

COMPUTERS & TVS: TV’s, computers, and computer monitors host toxic substances such as lead, mercury, cadmium, and zinc. These toxins can contaminate groundwater when landfilled. Please DO NOT throw them in your trash or recycling bins! Accepted at SCRAP*

CONSTRUCTION AND DEMOLITION WASTE: Clean wood waste from construction sites. Raw dimensional lumber only – no painted, stained, or treated wood. Accepted at SCRAP* (surcharges will apply for contaminated loads)

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE (HHW): Paints, pesticides, mercury thermometers, cleaners, adhesives, and chemicals should


NOT be thrown in the trash or down the drain. Accepted at SCRAP* Please plan ahead – the Summit HHW Program operates May 1 through October 31. During winter months please call for an appointment (468-9263 x0).

Allowed substances for collection boxes include: o Prescription Medications (except for

narcotics or controlled substances) o Over-the-counter Medications o Pet Medications

MANURE:

o Vitamins

Accepted at SCRAP for composting*

o Liquid Medication in Glass or Leakproof Containers

PACKAGING PEANUTS: Clean, dry packaging materials are accepted at these local stores for reuse. UPS Store 211 Summit Place, Silverthorne (468-2800) UPS Store 400 N Park Ave, Breckenridge (453-8080) Mailboxes & More 842 N Summit Blvd #24, Frisco (368-4949)

PLASTIC BAGS: Clean and dry plastic bags can be taken back to Wal-Mart, Safeway, Target, and City Market. Please contact each store for specifics. Remember that reusable bags are always a better alternative to plastic bags. o Walmart (668-3959) o Safeway (668-5144) o City Market, Dillon (468-2363) o City Market, Breckenridge (453-0818)

#1 THROUGH #7 PLASTIC BOTTLES AND CONTAINERS: Accepted at the Waste Management Silverthorne Recycling Center

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS: Never flush pharmaceuticals down the drain. Safely dispose of medications in secure collection bins at: City Market Pharmacy in Breckenridge (400 N. Park Avenue) and Dillon (300 Dillon Ridge

Road).

o Medicated Ointments and Lotions o Inhalers

SLASH AND WOOD DEBRIS: Clean slash from lot clearing or fire mitigations efforts. Accepted at SCRAP* (surcharges will apply for contaminated loads)

#6 POLYSTYRENE OR STYROFOAM: Summit County recycling centers DO NOT accept any kind of polystyrene packaging including coolers, peanuts, take-out containers, cups, cartons, and packing blocks regardless of number or recycling label. Sadly, it is TRASH!

DID YOU KNOW? ¤ Milk cartons, hot and cold paper cups, and some takeout containers no longer have a wax coating. In fact, the majority of these products are lined with non-biodegradable plastic. These paper-plastic hybrids are commonly used for food packaging to prevent liquid absorption. Unfortunately, they are contaminating compost operations across the globe with a petroleumbased coating that does not biodegrade. Help us keep our soils plastic-free by using only “BPI Certified” compostable products recommended by the Biodegradable Products Institute. When in doubt, throw it out.

TIRES: Are not accepted at any of the recycling drop-off centers, plus you can’t throw them in the trash (it’s state law)! Please bring them to one of the following locations for recycling. Fees may apply. o Summit County Landfill*

(468-9263)

o Meadow Creek, Frisco (668-5686) o Big O Tires, Frisco (668-1446)

USED VEGETABLE OIL: Summit Greasecycling is a local company dedicated to recycling used vegetable oil into various forms of alternative energies. o Summit Greasecycling (485-4900) 9 7 0 . 6 6 8 .5703 • H IGH CO UNT RY CO NSERVAT IO N.O R G

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SUMMIT RECYCLING RESOURCES HOUSEHOLD & COMMERCIAL RECYCLING COLLECTION SERVICES Talking Trash Summit County 970-389-0101 Waste Management Summit County 970-262-5774 The Summit Recycler Summit County 970-485-5450 Timberline Disposal Summit County 970-418-0110

APPLIANCE RECYCLING & FREON REMOVAL Greer’s Appliances Silverthorne 970-468-6940 Jimbo’s Appliances Summit County 970-724-0604

DECONSTRUCTION & CONSTRUCTION RECYCLING SERVICES

Funky Trunk Frisco 970-668-9266 SUMMIT

GROUP

Matchless Treasures Leadville 719-486-9512

Just finish a remodel project and have useful items to get rid of? Can’t find a home for your old couch but hate to send it off for an eternity in the landfill? Join the Summit County, Colorado’s Freecycle (TM) group. Summit Freecycle is a grassroots movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free. Whether it’s a chair, fax machine, piano, or an old door, it can be posted for free on Summit Freecycle. Get started at my.freecycle.org.

Mother Lode Alma 719-836-0401 Rags to Riches Frisco 970-668-3775 Rainbow’s End Dillon 970-262-2376 Summit Thrift & Treasure Dillon 970-262-2461

FURNITURE CONSIGNMENT & THRIFT STORES A Furniture Find Dillon 970-389-3895 Alpine Accents Frisco 970-668-3113

Got Trucking Recycling Encore Home & Appliance Leadville 719-486-3606 Summit County 970-401-2272 970-406-1289

Fairplay Furniture Consignment Fairplay 719-836-2534

Timberline Disposal Summit County 970-418-0110

Habitat for Humanity ReStore Silverthorne 970-423-7445

Waste Management Summit County 970-262-5774

SPORTING GOODS CONSIGNMENT

MISCELLANEOUS RECYCLING SERVICES

Recycle Ski & Sport Frisco 970-668-5150

Mailboxes & More (Packing Materials) Frisco970-368-4949

Wilderness Sports Second Tracks Silverthorne 970-262-3875

Summit Greasecycling (Veggie Oil) Breckenridge 970-485-4900

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES & EVENTS

Timberline Disposal (Compost Collection) Summit County 970-418-0110

BYOB Eco Golf Westminster 214-416-2595

UPS Store (Packing Materials) Breckenridge 970-453-8080

Colorado Tents and Events Silverthorne 970-262-6858

UPS Store (Packing Materials) Silverthorne 970-468-2800

HC3’s Zero Waste Services Frisco 970-668-5703

CONSIGNMENT & THRIFT STORES

USED BUILDING MATERIALS

Summit Roll-Offs Summit County

For Pet’s Sake Habitat for Humanity ReStore Breckenridge 970-453-4339 Silverthorne 970-423-7445 10

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FREECYCLE

Horse Cents Thrift Store Silverthorne 970-389-3269


RECYCLE YOUR GLASS BOTTLE-TO-BOTTLE Keep glass out of single-stream bins! Separating glass from other recyclables helps maximize the environmental and economic benefits of Summit County’s recycling program. Bring your separated glass to one of Summit County’s free dropoff centers to ensure that it’s truly being recycled into new bottles. Habitat for Humanity ReStore Denver 303-722-5863 Habitat for Humanity ReStore Gypsum 970-524-0669 Habitat for Humanity ReStore Buena Vista 719-395-0482 Home Resource Steamboat 970-879-6985 ReSource Yard Boulder 303-419-5418 ReSource Fort Collins 970-498-9663

VIRTUAL TRADE & ONLINE OPTIONS Craig’s List http://rockies.craigslist.org Summit Freecycle my.freecycle.org

REPAIR SHOPS Aspen Upholstery in The Summit Silverthorne 970-468-2323 Bluebird Window Restoration Nederland 303-258-0808 Crystal Clear Auto Glass Summit County 970-262-0134

SINGLE-STREAM RECYCLING ALLOWS FOR MULTIPLE MATERIALS IN ONE BIN If you have recycling picked up from your house (also known as “curbside collection”), you can put all of your recyclables into one bin for pickup. This single-stream approach requires no sorting and typically increases participation rates. All the recyclables are compressed together, baled, and trucked to the Front Range for further processing. GLASS CAUSES PROBLEMS IN SINGLE-STREAM RECYCLING Picture all of your single-stream recyclables getting compressed and baled together. Glass breaks when compressed, and shards of glass end up impaled in paper and cardboard. This reduces the value of all these materials and causes wear and tear on processing equipment. Glass shards cannot be separated from other materials, making it nearly impossible to recycle them into new glass products. Glass shards that are embedded in paper damage the machinery at paper mills, impeding paper recycling processes.

SOURCE-SEPARATED GLASS IS TRULY RECYCLED If you are separating your recyclables and taking them to one of our local drop-off sites in Frisco, Breckenridge, Dillon or Summit Cove, you are participating in the source-separated recycling program. All recyclable materials stay “cleaner” and yield the highest revenues for our local recycling programs. Separated glass is recycled here in Colorado, where Rocky Mountain Bottle Company turns it into new bottles for MillerCoors. In 2013 alone, Summit County residents, businesses and visitors sent 600 tons of sourceseparated glass to be recycled at this facility.

Please keep glass out of single-stream bins. Recycle it bottle-to-bottle at our free drop-off centers.

Rocky Mountain Resole Salida 719-539-1455 Teri’s Upholstery Summit County

970-453-0724

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CLOSE THE LOOP: PURCHASE LOCAL COMPOST FOR YOUR GARDEN HEALTHY SOIL IS NECESSARY FOR HEALTHY GARDENS! If you don’t have the time to make your own, you can purchase finished compost at the Summit County Resource Allocation Park near Keystone. Your purchase of locally made compost supports a program that recycles food scraps into a nutrient rich soil additive. Food waste and organics are mixed with wood chips from mountain pine beetle kill - one solution to deal with a substantial amount of dead trees. Call SCRAP at 970-468-9263 x 0 for pricing and more information. SOLAR IN THE HIGH COUNTRY IS DIFFERENT – DON’T BE FOOLED, TALK TO THE EXPERTS AT INNOVATIVE ENERGY. INCENTIVES FROM XCEL ENERGY AND THE FEDERAL TAX CREDIT ARE STILL AVAILABLE. INSTALL BY JUNE 1 ST AND RECEIVE A $500 REBATE! SPRING IS THE TIME TO INSTALL SOLAR SO YOU CAN TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE OF THOSE LONG SUNNY SUMMER DAYS AND BANK EXCESS KILOWATT-HOURS FOR USE AT NIGHT AND IN THE WINTER. FINANCING AS LOW AS 1.99% AND NO MONEY DOWN.

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Dillon Farmers Market

DID YOU KNOW? ¤ Colorado Mountain College

has partnered with HC3 to collaboratively plan, design, and build a new Breckenridge Community Greenhouse. The greenhouse will be constructed summer 2014 on the south side of the existing community garden. The ultimate goal for the yearround greenhouse is to function as a working model for energy efficient greenhouses that sustain operation through our cold winters.

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HOUSEPLANTS

Downtown Dillon

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970.468.8189

facebook us at Alpine Earth Gardens

WATER GARDENS

HERBS

GIFTS

998 Blue River Parkway Silverthorne, CO www.alpineearthcenter.com

SEEDS

• Veggie, herb and flower seeds in stock. Veggie and herb plants plus pansies arriving end of April.

SHRUBS

• FREE Beginning Veggie and other classes starting soon.

TREES

Beautiful Plants Wonderful Inspiration

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WATER GARDEN

HERBS

ANNUALS

(no market on Aug. 8)

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make your next party a

ZERO WASTE EVENT! HC3’s Zero Waste Party Packs provide you with everything you need to make your wedding, birthday, or office party a wastefree event. Customizable party packs include your choice of compostable products such as plates, utensils, cups, collection bins, and educational signage. Just order your supplies, pick it up at HC3’s office in Frisco, host your successful event, and deliver your compostable materials back to HC3. Voila, you’ve just thrown a zero waste party! Contact us to get started – 970-668-5703. 14

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WHAT IS COMPOSTING ANYWAY? Composting is a natural process of transforming organics (things that were once alive!) into a healthy soil that can be applied to gardens, lawns, and trees. WHY DO WE COMPOST? Contrary to most belief, the landfill is NOT a gigantic composting system. In fact, all of your food

waste and yard clippings that go into the garbage produce methane in a landfill environment. Methane is a hazardous greenhouse gas 72 times more potent than carbon dioxide. By keeping organics out of our landfill, you help combat climate change.


WHAT HAPPENS TO THE COMPOSTABLE PRODUCTS? Summit County is very fortunate to have a community composting facility located at our landfill near Keystone. Compostable materials are mixed with wood chips and turn into soil in a matter of weeks. This unique, closed-loop system includes compost collection from zero waste events, school lunch waste, and participating restaurants into a nutrient-rich soil that is contributed back to the community through local community garden projects.

SUMMIT COMPOST DROP-OFF PROGRAM

WHAT CAN I COMPOST? Unlike backyard composting bins, our community compost program accepts food scraps, soiled paper, and yard trimmings.

Have you always wanted to compost but don’t have space for a backyard compost bin? If so, the Summit Compost DropOff Program is just for you! You can now compost food scraps (including meat and dairy) and non-recyclable paper waste at the Frisco or Breckenridge Recycling Center for as little as $10 a month! The service includes composting up to 10 gallons a week. Simply drop your food waste in the green compost bin at the Frisco Recycling Center and we do the rest. Sign up or find out more at www. highcountryconservation.org

YES

NO

FOR COMPOST!

FOR COMPOST!

bones cheese meat sauces pasta eggshells coffee grounds paper napkins paper towels wax paper “BPI certified” compostable products (compostable cutlery and cups)

plastic-lined paper to-go boxes plastic-lined paper plates and cups cardboard milk cartons ice-cream containers juice containers recyclables – metal, plastic, glass, tin foil plastic bags or saran wrap styrofoam plastic cutlery plastic cups

DID YOU KNOW? ¤ Not all bug sprays are created equal and many bug sprays are known to contain DEET. This ingredient is a pesticide that is found in many high-test bug sprays these days and though it does effectively keep away those buzzing bugs, it comes with a cost. Many outdoorsy folks who expose themselves to DEET on a regular basis experience side effects as recorded by the Everglades National Park employees such as insomnia, mood disturbance, and impaired cognitive function. One national survey recently conducted found that 75% of streams tested across thirty states had trace amounts of DEET. This can be harmful to aquatic life and those animals who drink from the contaminated water. Cold water fish such as rainbow trout, tilapia and freshwater zooplankton are especially susceptible to water contamination such as DEET. There are plenty of options that can do the job without the bad wrap. There are lots of great athome recipes that are easy to make, inexpensive and very effective.

SHOO SPRAY! 1/8 c. Apple Cider Vinegar 1/8 c. Rubbing Alcohol 1/8 c. Water 25 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil (1/4 tsp.) 25 drops Citronella Essential Oil (1/4 tsp.) 50 drops Peppermint Oil (1/2 tsp.)

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OUR COMMUNITY’S JOURNEY TO LOCAL FOOD! People across the nation are turning their televisions off and turning soil instead. These backyard homesteaders, urban farmers, and garden junkies have found empty windowsills and community gardens to grow edibles. There is so much potential for our community to learn the story of food. The first step is acknowledging where your food comes from and the energy involved in growing, harvesting, transporting, refrigerating, and landfilling. It’s all about education and hands-in-thedirt experiences. Whether it’s growing your own food, eating locally, or making sustainable food choices, we’re here to help you find the resources. 18

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LET’S GROW FOOD! SUMMIT COMMUNITY GARDEN NETWORK This summer, you’ll find friends, neighbors, and even strangers gathering at local gardens, tending to plots, and swamping seeds and recipes. The Summit Community Garden Network (SCGN) is your one-stopshop for local and sustainable food resources specific to our mountain community. It may be challenging at 9,000 feet but our mountain gardeners are hard core. From peas to carrots, we’re here to show you how to garden in the heart of the Rockies. Now supporting five community gardens across Summit County, the SCGN is your place to discover where your food should and could come from – your own backyard!


BACKYARD FARMING – CHICKENS, GOATS, AND BEES Whether it’s gardens, goats, chickens, or bees, people are finding ways through good ol’ self-sufficiency to feed themselves and their families. The key to backyard or “urban” farming is that it isn’t just taking place in the country, it’s taking place in large cities like Portland, New York, and Denver. Even more exciting, this urban farming fever is spreading throughout suburbia to the mountain towns… and now Summit County! New code amendments have been officially adopted for unincorporated county residents that support residents keeping chickens, miniature goats, and bees.

SUSTAINABLE FOOD STORES, RESTAURANTS, & FARMERS MARKETS Amazing Grace Breckenridge 970-453-1445

GREEN CLEANERS Colorado Mountain Cleaners Summit County 970-262-1182

Alpine Natural Foods Frisco | 970-668-5535

Green Clean! LLC Summit County 970-389-7356

High Country Highlands Ranch Silverthorne | 970-262-6831

Green Sol Summit County 970-547-2728

Natural Grocers at the Vitamin Cottage Dillon | 970-262-1100

KarenCleansGreen Summit County 970-485-3131

Summit CSA Frisco | 970-668-5703

Mountain Pride Cleaning Summit County 970-453-1012

Vinny’s Restaurant Frisco | 970-668-0340 Food Hedz Frisco | 970-668-2000 GREEN SALONS, SPAS & BEAUTY SUPPLIES

LOCAL FARMERS MARKETS If you’re not ready to try your hand at high country gardening, be sure to check out Summit County’s Farmer’s Markets. The 2014 Dillon Farmer’s Market runs June 6 to September 19 on Fridays from 9am to 2pm and is located on Buffalo Street (by Town Park) in downtown Dillon. The Breckenridge Sunday Market runs Sundays from June to September from 9am to 1pm at 505 South Main Street.

Ambika Healing Massage Breckenridge 970-368-3270

COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a partnership between local farmers and members of the community. The farmers agree to provide high quality produce for members, who in turn agree to support the farmer by purchasing a share for the entire growing season. The mutual commitment is the core to this sustainable food model: the farm feeds the people and the people support the farm, each sharing the possible risks and potential bounty. Summit CSA runs for 15 weeks from July through October. Each week, participants receive a box of amazing organic produce including heirloom varieties of common vegetables grown here in Summit County.

NATUROPATHS & NATURAL HEALING CENTERS

Blue Sage Spa Breckenridge 970-453-7676 Bodyworks Spa Frisco | 970-668-5859 Serenity Spa Keystone | 970-513-9002

A Balanced Crane Breckenridge 970-547-9415 Backcountry Herbal Apothecary Frisco | 970-668-1700 Mountain River Naturopathic Frisco | 970-668-1300 Mountain Rose Acupuncture Frisco | 970-333-9027 Prescription Alternatives Frisco | 970-668-8482 Qi Gong Institute Silverthorne 585-281-2002

Organic Housekeepers Summit County 970-949-9010 GROWING, GARDENING & LANDSCAPING Alpine Earth Center Silverthorne 970-468-8189 Alpine Tree Services Frisco 970-389-4964 Beetle Blockers Summit County 877-748-7337 Mountain Roots Gardening Summit County 970-485-0339 Neils Lunceford Silverthorne 970-468-0430 Petal and Bean Flowers Breckenridge 970-547-0018 Raindrops on Roses Dillon | 970-389-1712 The Hydro Shack Frisco | 970-668-0359 Summit Landscaping/ Garden Center Breckenridge 970-453-1039 GREEN BANKING & INVESTING Alpine Bank Summit County 970-468-4701 Right Path’s Investments Summit County 970-668-5525

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CULTIVATING STUDENTS OF AGRICULTURE Cultivating Students of Agriculture complements the Summit CSA program by providing Colorado Mountain College students with a summer internship and hands-on experience in local food production. In exchange for completed projects and internship hours, students receive scholarship money to further their learning experience. Our goal is to inspire college students to start similar businesses and programs as future farmers, ranchers, agricultural leaders, community organizers, and healthy food advocates. SEED LIBRARY - ADAPTING HIGH ALTITUDE SEEDS Saving seeds specific to Summit County is an important step in strengthening our local food system. Locally adapted seeds are more resilient and regionally adapted to our soil and microclimate. The new community seed library is now open to the public. The seed library will offer free access to seeds 20

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and seed saving education to everyone in our community. The process is as easy as 1-2-3. Simply stop by the Summit County Main Branch Library in Frisco; get your library card (if you don’t have one already); and check out up to five packets of seeds. At the end of the season, gardeners are encouraged to save their own seeds and bring them back to keep the seed library going for years to come. MOUNTAIN GARDENING: WHAT CAN YOU GROW? Gardening above 8,000 feet sure has its challenges. From early and late frosts to cool summer nights, there are a number of factors that can make you appreciate a food garden in the mountains. One of the most important things to remember is “right place, right plant.” Summit County has a history in lettuce farming. Shortgrowing and cool-loving vegetables like chard, spinach, broccoli, beets, carrots, radishes, peas, and potatoes do well in our environment. In fact, you can seed salad greens all summer long and never worry about buying a head of lettuce at the grocery store.


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GARDEN NETWORK GARDENS

Breckenridge Community Garden Colorado Mountain College Established in 2012 40 garden plots / 200 gardeners Breckenridge@SummitGarden Network.org Dillon Valley Elementary Garden Collaboration with Summit School District Established 2013 12 plots / 30 gardeners DVE@SummitGardenNetwork.org Nancy’s Community Garden Frisco Community and Senior Center Established in 2010 19 plots / 50 gardeners Nancys@SummitGardenNetwork.org Silvana’s Community Garden South of Silverthorne Recreation Center Established in 2008 33 plots/ 80 gardeners Silvanas@SummitGardenNetwork.org The Living Classroom Garden and Greenhouse High Country Conservation Center Established in 2011 20 plots / 60 gardeners TLC@SummitGardenNetwork.org

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NOTABLE F R I S C O

BUSINESSES

Steps For A Sustainable Future.

The Frisco Clean Tracks Business Program recognizes and supports businesses that are actively incorporating sustainability into business decisions. It is funded by the Town of Frisco.

Waste Diversion and Energy Efficiency In 2013 through Energy

Copy, Copy located on Summit Blvd. in Frisco is available for all printing and copying needs offering business card and graphic design services. Copy, Copy did an air sealing and insulation upgrade in their back offices making a significant difference in comfort of their staff as well as saving money on their energy bills.

“Overall, I am very happy with the program. It did not take nearly as much time as I feared, and it gave me the push that I needed to get this stuff done.” Frank Lilly, President, Colorado Copies, Inc.Western Slope Copies, Inc.dba COPY COPY

Wilderness Sports, the full service bike shop in Frisco, offers rentals, sales, and what is recognized as the best service in Summit County. Wilderness Sports incorporated an ultra-sonic cleaning system that removes chemicals for bike parts. They also upgraded their lighting to LED bulbs.

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improvements projects, Frisco Clean Tracks Businesses saved an estimated 20,000 kWh of electricity. These measures reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 30,429 pounds, removed the equivalent of 3 cars from the road, avoided 5 tons of landfill waste, and saved enough electricity to power 1.5 houses for a year. Frisco Clean Tracks businesses can be recognized for taking significant sustainable actions to reduce their impact on their local mountain environment.

2013 FRISCO CLEAN TRACKS BUSINESSES (Now recruiting businesses for 2014!)

Skiveer’s Tuscato Ristorante Italiano Richmond Sprouse, LLC Vinny’s Euro American Restaurant Chiropractic Health and Acupuncture

A&A Pet Supply Copy Copy Stuhr and Associates 10 Mile Kayak Wilderness Sports Cornflower Boutique & Gallery Contact us to find out more: marty@highcountryconservation.org or call 970-668-5703


NOTABLE S I LV E RT H O R N E

BUSINESSES This is a voluntary program for businesses that want to decrease energy use, waste and save money in the process. It is paid for by the Town of Silverthorne.

Businesses that join the program are provided with free:

• Technical Assistance, Energy and Waste Assessments • Money for Energy and Waste Improvements • Public Recognition

Waste Diversion and Energy Efficiency In 2013, though energy and waste reduction projects Silverthorne Energy Smart Businesses saved an estimated 15,000 kWh of Electricity. These measures reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 22,712 pounds, removed the equivalent of 2.5 cars from the road, avoided 4 tons of landfill waste, and saved enough electricity to power 1 house for a year. Silverthorne Energy Smart is undertaking numerous sustainable projects to save energy and money.

2013 SILVERTHORNE ENERGY SMART BUSINESSES (Now recruiting businesses for 2014!)

High Country Healing Blue Valley Ski and Snowboard Silverthorne Liquor Store Quiznos

Dominoes 1st Bank ReStore Waste Management

High Country Healing Blue Valley Ski and Snowboard Silverthorne Liquor Store Quiznos These four businesses, located in the same complex on Blue River Parkway, got together and added a six cubic yard recycling dumpster to reduce trash pickup.

Contact us to find out more: marty@highcountryconservation.org or call 970-668-5703

DID YOU KNOW? ¤ The Energy Department’s National Renewal Energy

Laboratory (NREL) have developed a new low-cost smart sensor that raises the accuracy of detecting people to the upper 90% range, an advancement that could lead to huge savings in commercial buildings.

Waste Management provides waste collection and waste removal services for both businesses and residential needs. The company took on an air sealing upgrade between their offices and the garage. Before entering the program they took the initiative to do a lighting upgrade with significant savings.

“We proudly participated in the Silverthorne Energy Smart Sustainable Business program and implemented suggested changes to reduce our carbon footprint while saving energy and reducing our costs.”

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NOTABLE BRECKENRIDGE

BUSINESSES The SustainableBreck Business program is a voluntary program designed to help local businesses and organizations (within Town limits) save money while reducing impacts on the environment. By providing free energy and environmental assessments as well as green coaching, this program will provide local businesses assistance to save on your businesses’ operating costs (on energy, waste, supplies, water, and transportation costs) while reducing your carbon footprint.

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Breckenridge Dental Group Breckenridge Dental made several sustainable measures to reduce waste and save energy. Projects included replacing single use items with reusable options, stopped distribution of all single use plastic bags and upgraded lighting to LED Bulbs and fixtures. These measures helped Breck Dental achieve an annual savings of 2,060 kWh and reduce carbon emissions by 3,087 pounds. Breckenridge Grand Vacations Breckenridge Grand Vacations have taken several measures to add to their sustainable business practices. Breck Grand Vacations has invested in the Breckenridge Solar Garden, which offsets their entire energy use at their Corporate Offices and the Breck Inn. Breck Grand vacations has also chosen to reduce pool temperatures and air seal exterior doors to help achieve a 5-15% energy savings.

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waste reduction projects Sustainable Breck Businesses saved an estimated 32,000 kWh of Electricity. These measures reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 48,731 pounds, removed the equivalent of 5 cars from the road, avoided 8 tons of landfill waste, and saved enough electricity to power 2 houses for a year. Sustainable Breck Businesses have helped move Sustainability to the forefront in the Breckenridge commercial sector.

CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLEBRECK BUSINESSES (Now recruiting new businesses!)

Abbett Placer Inn Allaire Timbers Book Breck Lodging Ski Village Resorts Hearthstone Restaurant Mi Casa Restaurant For Pet’s Sake Thrift Store Centennial Bank Breckenridge Grand Vacations Beaver Run Resorts Breckenridge Dental Peak a Boo Toys Carvers Breckenridge Associates Ambika Matthew Stais Architects

The North Face Store – Breckenridge Ski Enterprises Inc. Fuzziwigs Breckenridge Recreation Center Breckenridge Ice Rink Summit Sustainable Building Bella Even Design and Planning Sign up online: www.sustainablebreck.com or contact us to find out more: marty@highcountryconservation.org


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WHAT IS AN ENERGY AUDIT? AN ENERGY AUDIT IS A COMPREHENSIVE WHOLEHOUSE PERSPECTIVE ON YOUR HOME’S ENERGY EFFICIENCY, HEALTH AND SAFETY. AN AUDIT INCLUDES: • Insulation inspection, with special attention to attics and crawl spaces. • Evaluation of electrical consumption. • A Blower Door test to measure air leakage. • Infrared Camera scanning to identify air leakage and insulation performance problems. • Combustion Appliance Safety Testing to check for efficiency and potential carbon monoxide emissions from furnaces, boilers and water heaters. • An in-depth report detailing issues and prioritized solutions specific to your home. The High Country Conservation Center and several qualified local auditors provide affordable Energy Audits for our mountain community. Rebates are available for Xcel Energy customers. For more information see page 26 or call 668-5703.

Adviser from HC3 to discuss top priorities for energy savings. Once the audit is complete, you will be eligible for rebates on your home energy improvements. We will offer a rebate of 50% of the total project cost, up to $200. Energy Smart Colorado is your one-stop shop for home energy audits, home energy upgrades, financing and rebates. Through our Energy Smart Colorado program at HC3, we provide coaching on energy conservation measures and how to make your home more comfortable, safe and energy efficient.

The third step is to decide what improvements you would like to make. To sign up for the program to energysmartcolorado.com or for more information call us at 970-668-5703

The first step is to do an energy audit on your home. (See sidebar) Audits start at $150 then incrementally increase based on the square footage of your home. Upon completion of your audit, you will receive an extensive report with detailed recommendations for home energy upgrades. The second step is to go over the report with an Energy Resource

HOME ENERGY RATINGS MILES PER GALLON (MPG) FOR OUR HOMES You wouldn’t buy a car without knowing its MPG rating, so why would you buy a home without knowing its energy use? A Home Energy Rating includes the same inspection items as an Energy Audit and also considers building and window dimensions, as well as the solar orientation of the home. The Home Energy Rater enters the customized information from the inspection into an

energy modeling computer program to “rate” the homes performance using the HERS Index. WHAT CAN I DO WITH AN ENERGY RATING? • When buying a home, a rating allows you to compare homes according to their energy efficiency. • A rating allows you to know the energy performance of your home and identifies cost effective improvements to increase your comfort and the home’s performance. • A rating is required for a home to be labeled as ENERGY STAR. For more information visit highcountryconservation.org.

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ENERGY AND SUSTAINABLE BUILDING RESOURCES ENERGY AUDITORS About Saving Heat Denver/ Summit

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Active Energies (Both) Eagle County 970-376-3720 Colorado Mountain Home Inspections Park County 719-459-3969

Heitmeister Summit County

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Insulvail Eagle County

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Ski Carpoolwww.skicarpool.org The Summit Stage (our free public bus!) Summit County 970-668-0999

GREEN BUILDERS & ENERGY

Joe Radcliff 970-485-1999 STAR BUILDERS JVC & KB Mechanical Contractors Summit County 970-668-3157

Alternative Building Solutions Summit County 970-333-1138

Comfort by Kodiak K.C. Custom Builders LLC 970-418-8004 Summit County 970-468-2446

Apex Mountain Homes Summit County 970-668-3402

Deeper Green Consulting MechTech Eagle County Denver/ Summit 970-389-2448

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Arapahoe Construction Summit County 970-389-9060

Kennedy Plumbing & Heating Summit County 970-262-6241

Campbell Construction Summit County 970-389-7246

Green Competitor Consulting, LLC Lake County 720-940-6900

Owens Construction Summit County 970-581-9312

Carlson Builders Summit County

Headwaters Energy Buena Vista

Solar Glass Windows and Doors Summit County 970-988-0804

Colvin Construction Summit County 970-453-9373

High Country Conservation Center Summit County 970-668-5703

Vowel Plumbing Summit County

Decker Custom Homes, Inc. Summit County 970-418-3166

Impact Energy Eagle/Summit 970-471-5594

RENEWABLE ENERGY SERVICES

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970-485-3327

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Gore Range Homes, LLC Summit County 970-485-0637

Alpine Solar Design Great Divide Builders Summit County 970-468-8189 Summit County 970-468-6255 Innovative Energy Active Energies Hedges Mountain Homes Summit County 970-453-5384 Eagle County 970-376-3720 Summit County 970-485-4106 Deeper Green Consulting Low-Energy Systems Kodiak Enterprises Summit County 800-873-3507 Denver/Summit 970-389-2448 Summit County 970-468-2446 Paragon Solar High Country Conservation Center Mathison Custom Builders, Inc. Summit County 970-389-6677 Summit County 970-668-5703 970-485-5912 Rader Engineering Inc. Summit County Impact Energy Avon 970-845-7910 Mountain Log Homes of Colorado Eagle/Summit 970-471-5594 Summit County 970-468-8683 Re-Align Technologies

HOME ENERGY RATERS

ENERGY IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTORS

Summit County

970-333-4375

About Saving Heat Sunshine Solar and Mechanical Summit County 970-418-0569 Denver/ Summit 303-549-6900 All American Heating Summit County 970-453-6640 Bob Salazar 970-389-7520 Certified Home Improvement Summit County 970-493-2212 Chris Farley 970-485-2098 Comfort by Kodiak Summit County

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Division 7 Summit County

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ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION Colorado Mountain Express (airport shuttle) Summit County 970-468-6700

New West Partners Summit County 970-389-0384 Pinnacle Mountain Homes, Inc. Summit County 970-453-0727 Pisces Builders Summit County

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Raptor Construction Summit County 970-262-7576

Green Limousine (luxury biodiesel limos) RJB Development Summit County 970-331-5032 Summit County 970-513-0777 Jake’s Mountain Shuttle (summit county shuttle) Spirit Builders Summit County 970-401-0988 Summit County 970-390-1561 Peak One Express (airport shuttle) Summit County

855-467-3251

Summit Express (airport shuttle) Summit County 855-686-8267

Summit Sustainable Building Co. Summit County 970-389-2848


Sweet Homes of Colorado Inc. Summit County 970-262-3818

Jeff Schelker Summit County

Traditional Neighborhood Builders Summit County 970-668-5075

GREEN BUILDING SUPPLIES

Trilogy Partners Summit County 970-453-2230 Wheelock Construction Summit County 303-567-2195 Verdigris Group Summit County 800-805-2830

ENERGY RETROFITS About Saving Heat Denver/ Summit

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Comfort by Kodiak Summit County

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Mill Creek Carpentry and Retrofit Lake County 719-293-1912 Saunders Company

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GREEN REMODELERS & RETROFIT Arapahoe Construction Summit County 970-389-9060 Energy Smart Summit County

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Breckenridge Building Supply Breckenridge 970-453-2372 Centennial Woods www.centennialwoods.com 307-760-8037 Chris’s Glass Summit County

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Harmony Interiors Frisco 970-668-0291 Todd Buckendahl Custom Welding Design Dillon 970-513-0968 Wild Sage Interiors Summit County

970-262-6684

GREEN ARCHITECTS Arapahoe Architects Breckenridge 970-453-8474

Vintage Wood Supply Summit County 970-390-7405

La Montagne Architects Silverthorne 970-389-0989

LOCAL BEETLE-KILL LUMBER

Matthew Stais Architects Breckenridge 970-453-0444

Greenway, LLC Lakewood 03-981-0996 Hester’s Log & Lumber Mill Kremmling 970-724-3868

TerraSun Design Breckenridge 970-453-0709

ECOBROKERS (REAL ESTATE AGENTS)

GREEN INTERIOR DESIGN & CREATIONS

Betty Stielow Summit County

970-368-7000

Associates 3 Denver 303-534-4444

Deborah Darby Lake County

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FOOTPRINT? PPCPS ARE PHARMACEUTICALS AND PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS. Personal Care Products include sunscreen, shampoo, makeup, toothpaste, and lotion to name a few. From hand soap to deodorant, an average of 126 “unique” ingredients are applied to our skin every day.

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WHAT’S YOUR

PPCPs have substantial impacts on people and the environment. Not only do we absorb PPCP toxins, they often rinse off our bodies and flow down the drain. Pharmaceuticals can also be hazardous for our local rivers and fish when they are improperly flushed down the toilet. Unfortunately, there are no water treatment plants engineered to eliminate these contaminants from our drinking water or nearby streams. The good news is that there are healthy and non-toxic alternatives. From prescription drug recycling to toxic-free personal care products, we are happy to offer you the solutions. For more information about green cleaning, toxic plastics, and emerging contaminants, check out our website at www.highcountry conservation.org.


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ENERGY EXPLORERS

The High Country Conservation Center offers hands on lessons in energy efficiency and renewable energy to our Summit County K-12 classrooms. Energy Efficiency lessons help students see and feel energy conservation and energy efficiency with our kid-powered energy generator. This action packed segment uses student-power to create lasting learning experiences. Students measure and interpret efficiency, costs, and benefits of using different tools and power sources.

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Riding the Summit Stage saves fuel and lessens our dependence on foreign oil

A recent study conducted by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), found that public transportation use saves our country 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline annually and can reduce household expenses by as much as more than $10,000 annually* – that is more than the average household spends on food each year. Households that use public transit drive and average of 4,400 fewer miles than households who continue to use personal automobiles. This equates to an individual household reduction of 223 gallons of gasoline annually.

Riding the Summit Stage provides critical relief for traffic congestion As more vehicles crowd our nation’s roadways, traffic congestion has an increasingly debilitating effect on our quality of life. Across America, people, business and industry, the economy and the environment pay a higher and higher price for mounting congestion through delays, lost opportunities, higher costs, pollution, frustration and much more. The data are clear: Providing fast, affordable, safe and reliable public transportation is essential in blunting the crippling effects congestion and providing relief that: • Protects personal freedom, choice, and mobility • Enhances access to opportunity • Enables economic prosperity • Protects our communities and the environment

Riding the Summit Stage helps reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions

Compared with private vehicles, public transportation produces 95% less carbon monoxide (CO), 92% fewer volatile organic compounds (VOC’s), 45% less carbon dioxide (CO2), and 48% less oxides of nitrogen (NOx). And all of our new buses produce 90% less NOx emissions and 97% less particulate emissions than our older buses.

Riding the Summit Stage reduces accidents and injuries

All modes of public transportation are far safer than personal vehicles. Public transportation trips result in 190,000 fewer accidents, deaths, and injuries per passenger mile traveled annually than trips by car. Riding the bus is 170 times safer than automobile travel according to the National Safety Council.

Riding the Summit Stage reduces Road Stress

The average American driver may spend over 450 hours – equal to nearly 11 workweeks – behind the wheel annually. The stress of driving in congested conditions is directly linked to a long list of health problems. Riding public transportation provides commuters with opportunities to read, relax, or even catch up on work that are not available to drivers stranded in traffic. As a further commitment to the environment of the High Country, the Summit Stage also uses clean ultra-low sulfur biodiesel fuel in all of our buses. The Stage also remains

committed to new programs to further protect our mountain environment using alternative fuels and promoting efficiency within our operating facilities. *Based on the current national average fuel price and the current monthly national average for unreserved parking.

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