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May 02

Earth Day Program Carries Evergreen Sustainability Message

Posted on May 2, 2014 at 11:57 AM by Kelly Vaughn

Even though Earth Day has come and gone, there are many reasons to consider the environment year-round.

Some of these reasons were explored during a recent Town Talk episode where a panel including Anne Martens, the Town's Director of Public Works, Mona Newton, Executive Director of the Community Office for Resource Efficiency, and Lindsey Palardy, Chair of the Environmental Advisory Board, talked about sustainability initiatives in Snowmass Village.

Specifically, the panel explored the motivations behind various projects and efforts to keep our local environment clean and scenic. These include:
  • Cutting carbon: A 2009 carbon inventory revealed that the Town wasn't faring so well compared to other resort communities, and the national average. This served as a wake-up call for local government to ramp up their efforts!
  • Cutting costs: The Town's hefty energy costs year-to-year leave a lot of opportunities on the table to reduce energy bills through investments in energy efficiency.
  • Helping the economy: For a resort-community that is directly dependent on the presence of snow, it's important to help combat shorter winters which could be a result of climate change.
  • Setting an example: Thousands of visitors visit the Village each year, which presents us with the opportunity to reach a broad audience with a strong sustainability message if we lead by example.
  • It's beautiful here...and we want to keep it that way: We all live, work, or visit Snowmass Village because of its spectacular scenery. Keeping it beautiful means keeping our environment healthy.

Learn more about the "what" and the "why" behind Snowmass sustainability initiatives. Watch the full program now on Grassroots TV online.

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