CMC Earth Day project postponed

Thursday snow and rain pushes effort to Monday

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— Colorado Mountain College Alpine Campus students were prepared to clean a portion of U.S. Highway 40 on Thursday for Earth Day, but the morning’s snow and rain forced them to postpone the project.

Instead, the project to clean a section of U.S. 40 west of Steamboat Springs that was adopted by the campus will happen at noon Monday, said Tamara Coleman, student activities coordinator for the Alpine Campus.

Coleman said the project, which also includes a campus clean-up effort, is part of a twice-a-year event the Alpine Campus students undertake.

She said the college, which has seven campuses, is making strides to become more sustainable.

“Overall, I would say our students are really great about recycling and raising awareness,” Coleman said. “We’ve got some pretty dedicated faculty on campus, as well.”

Andy Kennedy, a Yampa Valley Sus­tainability Council member, said the group didn’t organize any Earth Day events because the holiday falls when so many people are out of town.

The Sustain­abil­ity Council did provide some information about Earth Day on its website and through Twitter, Kennedy said. But she said the Sustainability Council’s next big outreach and education effort is next month, when it has several events planned for May 20 to 22.

■ 6:30 p.m. May 20 — Bud Werner Memorial Library hosts a showing of “In Transition,” a documentary that focuses on finding sustainable solutions for isolated communities. Transition Colorado founder Michael Brownlee will answer questions after the movie.

■ Noon May 21 — Brownlee will speak during a brown bag lunch at Steamboat Smoke­house about transition topics, such as garden sharing, transportation, renewable energy and buying local.

■ 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. May 22 — The fourth annual Routt County Cleanup Day will be held. Volunteers will meet on the courthouse lawn to pick up bags and vests, and they will be served lunch afterward.

Kennedy added that the Sustainability Council met last week with Steamboat Springs School District students to encourage them to reduce their carbon footprint while on spring break this week.

In addition to putting out the word about sustainability during earth-friendly holidays, Kennedy said it was important to continually remind people to think green.

“I think constant education is good,” she said. “That’s our mission — thinking about how we can constantly collaborate to improve our sustainable efforts.”

In addition to the highway and campus clean-up efforts, Coleman said the Alpine Campus on Wednesday night showed “The 11th Hour,” a documentary that examines the state of the global environment. She said a “green” bowling event is planned for Thursday with earth-friendly giveaways.

Coleman said about 40 students from various campus groups helped with the highway and campus clean-up projects last year, and she expects a similar number this year. Anyone interested in helping can meet at noon Monday in the Schaffrick Lounge in Willett Hall.

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