Ask Eartha: What you need to know about the universal recycling ordinance

Dear Eartha, I own a business in Frisco and recently learned about the universal recycling ordinance.  I’m not sure how it applies to my business. What do I need to know? According the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Americans only recycle 32% of our waste. In Colorado, our statewide recycling rate is only 16%. Here Summit County, the recycling […]

Ask Eartha: Let’s talk about Climate Action Week

Dear Eartha, I’m just one person, and climate change feels so big. What could I possibly do to help? I had a conversation with a friend recently during which she lamented that trying to fix the climate crisis feels like “trying to boil the ocean.” It’s big, it seems insurmountable and it’s discouraging. These are […]

Ask Eartha: A summer of climate change

Dear Eartha, Is it hotter than usual, or is it just me? It’s hot. As my colleagues and I sweated in a steamy office this week, I began to wonder if local temperatures were breaking any records. Then the Summit Daily News confirmed my suspicions — with highs pushing the mid-80s last week, we were darn close. […]

Ask Eartha: How to repair instead of replace

Dear Eartha, Now that I understand the limited options for recycling clothing and gear, I’ve been wondering – are there any good repair options in Summit County? I love the way you think! First, let’s reflect on why it is important to prolong the life of our items instead of opting to trash them and […]

Ask Eartha: A Guide to Boiler Replacement

Dear Eartha, My boiler is old and I’ve been told it might not last much longer. Do I get a higher efficiency boiler or are there other heating options to consider? I don’t know where to start! The decision to replace an old natural gas boiler is a significant crossroads in a homeowner’s journey. It’s […]

Ask Eartha: What should I do with my bountiful garden?

Dear Eartha, Every summer I start my vegetable garden with the best intentions for healthy eating. And despite finding a ton of new ways to enjoy kale, here I am again, with more greens than one person can possibly handle. Any suggestions for planning my garden differently next summer? At our altitude, vegetable gardening is […]

Ask Eartha: A wardrobe with a conscience

Dear Eartha, I just did a major closet clean-out, and I have a stash of old clothes ready for a new adventure. What’s the scoop on clothing donations and recycling these days? Cleaning out your closet can be both refreshing and rewarding, revealing forgotten treasures. But what do you do with those clothing items that […]

Ask Eartha: Talking about sustainable camping

Dear Eartha, I am ready to roast some marshmallows without toasting the planet. How can I embark on an eco-friendly camping adventure?   I recently returned from camping with pockets full of snack wrappers. How is it that I generated more trash while “roughing it” than I do on the daily?!  While camping is an excellent […]

Ask Eartha: Breaking down EV incentives

Dear Eartha, I am interested in buying an electric car and am trying to figure out all the rebates, but it’s so confusing. Help! As someone doing her own electric vehicle shopping, I know firsthand that navigating through the rebates and incentives can be a real head-scratcher. But fear not — we’ve got this. Federal […]