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Earth Day evaluation

A look at local and state

waste generation

47,890: tons of waste generated

in Routt County in 2006

3,166: tons of waste recycled

in Routt County in 2006

5: percentage rate of recycling

9.5: pounds of estimated waste generation per person, per day, in the Yampa Valley as of 2006

Source: Yampa Valley Recycles

93.1: million metric tons of carbon dioxide emitted in Colorado in 2004

Source: Environmental Protection Agency

Learn more about your impact on the environment and how to reduce it on the Web at:

www.epa.gov: The Environmental Protection Agency offers extensive information about a number of environmental issues, such as air quality, energy use, waste production and toxic chemicals. The site also features "The Consumer's Handbook for Reducing Solid Waste," which provides tips on cutting personal use and production of solid waste in the home. Find it under the "your home and community" subhead of the "wastes" section of the site.

www.earthday.net: Get information about Earth Day events worldwide, and calculate your ecological footprint.

www.environmentcolorado.org: This statewide advocacy group routinely reports about issues such as global warming, water use, energy alternatives and land preservation.

www.wccongress.org: The Western Colorado Congress is a grassroots organization focusing on sustainability and land stewardship, and is the umbrella organization for the Community Alliance of the Yampa Valley. The site includes a breakdown of energy and growth issues, as well as efforts to control them.

www.eere.energy.gov/consumer: The U.S. Department of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy offers a consumer's guide to energy efficiency, with tips for cutting consumption at home, in the car or at work. The guide also provides basic information and in-depth links for alternative energy sources, including biomass, geothermal, hydrogen, solar and wind energy.

www.energystar.gov - The site provides tools for switching to energy-efficient lighting sources and fixtures, including the compact fluorescent light bulb, which uses 75 percent less energy and lasts about 10 times longer than a regular bulb.

- Compiled by Margaret Hair

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