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info@highcountryconservation.org

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Dear Eartha, my monthly utility bills have gone through the roof the past few months. I’m not doing anything dramatically different, so why are my bills so much higher? Is there anything I can do to bring that cost down? I’ve been hearing this question A LOT lately. Chilly weather and a near doubling in […]

Ask Eartha: ‘Aren’t we all just doomed anyway?’ No, but it’s easy to fall for doomscrolling.

Dear Eartha, headlines about the declining Colorado River, and extreme weather being a ‘new normal’ makes me wonder what difference it actually makes to change our lifestyles. Aren’t we all just doomed anyway? Believe me, it’s easy to feel helpless and unmoored when contemplating a future with less water and a growing number of billion-dollar weather […]

Ask Eartha: Take care of your gear and it will take care of you (and the planet)

Dear Eartha, I love skiing and get outside almost every day during the winter. With that much shredding, I am noticing a lot of wear and tear on my skis and gear. I know it’s not great for the environment to replace equipment every year, and not only that, it can get expensive. How can I […]

Ask Eartha: Keep holiday waste out of the landfill

Dear Eartha, I’m ready to take my holiday decorations down and don’t want to sacrifice a ski day in the process. What options do I have to easily recycle some of these items? New Year’s resolutions are coming in hotter than our warming climate, so now is the perfect time to add a last-minute resolution […]

Ask Eartha: Santa’s carbon footprint

Dear Eartha, Santa flies around the world in one night – wouldn’t that generate a pretty big carbon footprint? Just like Buddy the elf says, the best way to spread Christmas cheer is … talking about climate change! I might have taken a few liberties with that quote, but I promise I’m not about to […]

Ask Eartha: What happens to recycling in Summit County?

Dear Eartha, As I learn more about recycling guidelines, and what is or isn’t accepted, it seems like I can’t recycle anything in Summit County! What gives? I applaud you for digging into local guidelines. Recycling can indeed be complicated, and answering your question means looking beyond Summit County. Let’s follow the journey your recycling […]

Ask Eartha: What type of tree is best for the environment during the holiday season?

Dear Eartha, I want a real Christmas tree but feel bad about cutting down a tree. As I learn the impact of fake trees, I wonder which is the better choice. To some, nothing is better than the sweet, piney smell of a fresh-cut tree with glimmering lights — LED, of course. For others, the […]

Ask Eartha: How can restaurants start composting?

Dear Eartha, I collect my food scraps at home but the restaurant I work at doesn’t. I’d like to help them start composting. How do I start? High five for composting your food scraps! You’ve joined over 2,300 Summit County residents who all use High Country Conservation Center’s (HC3) free Food Scrap Program. Just this […]

Ask Eartha: What are options for solar in Summit County?

Dear Eartha, I’d love to get solar panels on my house, but I live in the woods and my roof is shaded most of the day. Are there any other options? Rooftop solar sure is sexy, but there are a variety of reasons why it might not be a good fit for everyone. So, if you […]

Ask Eartha: How can I get my kids to be environmental stewards? 

Dear Eartha, As a parent, I am worried about the impact climate change will have on my kids’ futures. How can I encourage my kids to be environmental stewards without totally overwhelming them? Although it can be scary to consider what a warming world might look like, we should nevertheless educate and prepare our kids […]

Ask Eartha: How can I be more environmentally conscious this holiday season?

Dear Eartha, I get a little geeked out during the holidays and want to do it all — the decorating, the cooking, the gift wrapping… is there anything I can do to be more sustainable with my traditions? Can you believe it? It’s already that time of year when everything smells like pumpkin spice and […]

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