Sam Ayer sings Sunday during a sustainability event at Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus in Steamboat Springs.

Photo by Joel Reichenberger

Sam Ayer sings Sunday during a sustainability event at Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus in Steamboat Springs.

CMC students host sustainability event in Steamboat

Event in conjunction with international Climate Action Day effort

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— The local Students for Sus­tainability was among more than 7,300 groups in 188 countries hosting a Global Work Party on Sunday in conjunction with www.350.org.

The website is an international campaign looking for solutions to address climate change. It created Global Work Parties to allow groups across the world to create events that would address global warming in their communities.

Students for Sustainability hosted Climate Action Day on Sunday afternoon outside Bris­tol Hall at Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus in Steamboat Springs. In addition to a bike repair and winterization workshop, CMC student volunteers set up educational booths about recycling, eco-focused classes offered by the college, and statewide environmental organizations, among other topics.

There also was live music, an organic bake sale, giveaways including a BAP tent and children’s activities.

Sophomore Whitney Chand­ler, president of Students for Sustainability, said the Climate Action Day was created to give students and members of the community information about how to better protect the environment.

“We live in a beautiful place,” she said. “We want to keep it that way for future generations. We have to be able to know how to recycle and use our resources wisely.”

Becky Potter, an associate professor of English and communications and the faculty advisor for Students for Sustainability, said the group was born three years ago out of a class called Wilderness and the American Ethic. She said students wanted to continue talking about issues that were raised in that class.

Since its inception, Potter said, Students for Sustainability has evolved into a club of 15 students. She said members are doing projects and creating events of which Climate Action Day, she said, is by far the biggest.

Potter said the event provided students the opportunity to promote its and www.350.org’s goal of lowering carbon output.

“It’s also an opportunity to showcase what the college has been doing and what the club has been doing,” she said.

One of those things included CMC President Stan Jensen signing the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment last year to promote green programs, education and facilities, Potter said.

She said next semester, Stu­dents for Sustainability would lead a campus-wide recycling effort as part of a nationwide college contest. And Potter said they’re discussing whether to host a swap meet in the spring for students to recycle items that they typically would throw away when moving out of the dorms.

Chandler, who hopes to pursue a four-year sustainability degree at CMC, said about 75 people — students and community members — attended Climate Action Day. She said it’s an event that Students for Sustainability plans to continue.

“Next year, it will be bigger,” she said.

— To reach Jack Weinstein, call 871-4203 or e-mail jweinstein@steamboatpilot.com

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