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Grant from EPA will help Steamboat Springs develop green strategies

Scott Franz

— The city of Steamboat Springs’ quest to become a leader in sustainability soon will get a boost from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Steamboat is one of 22 communities across the nation that has earned a grant from the EPA this year to help advance its environmental sustainability efforts.

The Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities grant will give Steamboat access to EPA experts who can help the city come up with a strategy to become more green.

A team will come to Steamboat for two days to carry out the work.

“The goal would be to leverage the professional expertise of the team that’s going to come in and help us identify a reasonable path forward in terms of achieving our sustainability goals,” said Casey Earp, assistant to City Manager Deb Hinsvark. “This is a great thing for our community to be on that list and to signal to the entire country we are making strides in this area.”

Earp said the experts also could help shed light on how Steamboat’s sustainability efforts compare to those in other communities.

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The Steamboat Springs City Council last year made it a goal to have the city become a leader in sustainability.

City staff has in recent months taken a number of steps to help advance that goal. One of the biggest steps was the recent revival of the city’s Green Team to help guide sustainability initiatives.

The city also is exploring the possibility of enrolling in a national certification program that would grade how environmentally friendly the city is.

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