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Community Agriculture Alliance: Resiliency is the theme

Andrea Jehn Kennedy / For the Steamboat Today

It's shaping up to be a great summer for Yampa Valley Sustainability Council's Talking Green program. Adopted by the sustainability council in December 2009, Talking Green has been running regular educational evenings since April 2007, when it was launched by Sarah Fox, of Fox Construction, and Janet Panebaker. That first event featured Rob Hawkins discussing green building practices to more than 50 people.

The scope of Talking Green always has been broad; over the past six years it has covered the gamut of sustainability topics — energy, building, farming, education, recycling, composting and more. Supporters will be able to view the archive of the program's history with the launch of the sustainability council's new website this month.

Talking Green already has hosted two hugely informative events this year. In January, Auden Schendler, vice president of sustainability at Aspen Skiing Co., discussed climate change and what it means for the ski industry. In March, Pete Marczyk, of Marczyk Fine Foods, talked about buying sustainably at the grocery store. Both events were well attended at the Bear River Bar & Grill in Gondola Square.

This month's Talking Green event — 5 p.m. May 22 at Steamboat Smokehouse — highlights Steamboat's treasured local oral history. Longtime locals Elaine Gay, Paul Bonnifield and Jo Stanko will come together to discuss resiliency in Routt County.

The elders will touch on fascinating sustainability topics like how recycling was done before the recycling industry was born in the 1980s, and how a small, isolated town with a short growing season survived before the ski and travel industries changed it forever.

Also May 22, before the Talking Green panel, the sustainability council, the Community Agriculture Alliance and Historic Routt County will jointly host an open house from 4 to 5 p.m. to view their new shared office at 141 Ninth St. Light snacks will be provided and all are welcome to start the evening there before walking down to the Steamboat Smokehouse.

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Other Talking Green topics this summer will follow the resiliency theme, including June's "Walking Green" urban garden talk and tour, and July's "Investing in Your Home" presentation from Transition Steamboat.

For more information about Talking Green and all things sustainable, email the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council at

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