Sustainability Council hosts events in Steamboat

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Talking Green series: Pete Marczyk

  • Tuesday, September 28, 2010, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Bear River Bar & Grill, Steamboat Springs
  • Not available / Free - $10

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Yampa Valley Sustainability Council fundraiser

  • Friday, October 1, 2010, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Steamboat Springs Community Center, 1605 Lincoln Ave., Steamboat Springs
  • Not available / $35 - $40

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Green building and solar tour

  • Saturday, October 2, 2010, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Steamboat Springs Community Center, 1605 Lincoln Ave., Steamboat Springs
  • Not available / $10

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— A three-pronged attack this week is intended to promote education, awareness and programming of local sustainability efforts.

Highlighted by the inaugural Taste of Sustainability Fun-Raiser on Friday night, the Yampa Valley Sus­­­tainability Council’s eventful week also includes Talking Green tonight and a Green Building Tour on Saturday.

Each of the events emphasizes the Sustainability Council’s mission to promote environmental, economic and social sustainability through education, programs and building, according to its website.

“It’s about preserving what we have for future generations,” said Angela Ashby, chair of the Sustainability Council’s board of directors. “I know that’s cliché, but that’s what it is, sustaining what we have.”

The Taste of Sustainability, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center, was created to help the Sustainability Council grow programs such as local youth education efforts, its eco-guide and zero-waste initiatives, coordinator Anne Mudgett said.

“This will help us expand our programs, really across the board,” Mudgett said about the fundraiser.

She said including the fundraiser and Green Building Tour, the Sustainability Council has hosted 23 zero-waste events in 2010, a number that tripled this year.

Mudgett said the Friday event will feature local sustainable food provided by Harwig’s/L’Apogee, Fireside Catering, Creekside Cafe & Grill, Hazie’s, bistro c.v., Sweetwater Grill and Freshies Restaurant. Mudgett said New Belgium Brewing Co. and Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill will provide Colorado beers. There also will be wine and performances by local musicians Trevor Potter and Jesse Christiansen.

Advance tickets cost $35 and can be purchased by visiting www.yvsc.org and clicking on “Taste of Sustainability,” or in person at the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort As­s­­ociation visitor center. Tickets cost $40 at the door. The cost includes hors d’oeuvres and two drink tickets.

There also will be a silent auction with items donated by local businesses. The items can be viewed on the event registration page of the Sustainability Council’s website.

Preceding the Taste of Sustainability is tonight’s Talk­ing Green event, which will feature a presentation about the city of Steamboat Springs’ and Routt County’s Green Building Program.

The Sustainability Council’s monthly networking event begins at 5 p.m. at The Tugboat Grill & Pub. The presentation begins at 6 p.m. and features Andy John­son, principal at DAJDesign of Louisville, Colo. The event is free.

Ashby said Johnson was the architect for Steamboat’s Mow residence, the first to go through the Green Building Program. She said the home was built with sustainable materials and local resources.

She said construction of the home would help illustrate that sustainable building practices are not a fad anymore, but a trend.

The week will conclude with a Green Building Tour from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. The self-guided tour will feature eight local buildings, mostly homes, built using sustainable construction, materials and local resources, Ashby said.

The tour starts at the Steam­boat Springs Community Cen­ter. Participants are encouraged to walk, ride bikes or carpool.

Mudgett said the tour would be in conjunction with the 15th annual American Solar Energy Society’s National Solar Tour. She said Steamboat is one of 3,200 communities nationwide that is hosting tours to highlight buildings using solar technology.

Ashby said the tour would feature new and remodeled homes and Bud Werner Memorial Library, and it will mention businesses that have adopted sustainable practices.

“It’s a super-great way to educate,” she said. “That’s pretty much what YVSC is all about, educating people.”

The cost of the Green Buil­ding Tour is $10 and includes an appetizer and beer reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Steamboat Smokehouse. Tickets can be bought online or at the Chamber visitors center.

For more information about any of the events, visit www.yvsc.org.

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