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High Country Conservation Center 737 Ten Mile Dr Frisco CO 80443 PO Box 4506 Frisco CO 80443

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info@highcountryconservation.org

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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 […]

Ask Eartha: How and why can thermostats help me save big?

Dear Eartha, I’ve heard opposing views on the best way to use your thermostat for energy savings. Some say it’s better to turn it down when you’re away and others say it’s better to leave it at a constant temperature. Can you help settle this debate? The snow is falling fast, and winter has officially made […]

Ask Eartha: What should I do with my Halloween pumpkins?

Dear Eartha, I left my Halloween pumpkin outside overnight and now it’s a rotting mess – and not in the charmingly spooky kind of way. I already compost my food scraps, but can I compost my pumpkin, too?   It is officially spooky season. And while gross, scary things are a staple of the celebration, I don’t […]

Ask Eartha: What cartons are recyclable in Summit County?

Dear Eartha, I am so confused by cartons. Egg cartons, ice cream cartons, juice boxes. What exactly is a carton? I feel your pain. My grandma calls cardboard boxes cartons, most juice boxes can be recycled as cartons, and foam egg cartons (yes, they unfortunately still exist) are 100% trash. When we talk about cartons in […]

Ask Eartha: What is the difference between aluminum and plastic?

Dear Eartha, Recently I noticed that some grocery stores offer aluminum water bottles in addition to plastic water bottles. Both are recyclable, does it really matter which one I buy? Despite many of us owning (and occasionally forgetting to bring) reusable bottles, consumption of bottled water is on the rise. In 2020, Americans consumed 15 billion gallons — […]

Ask Eartha: How can I keep energy bills low this winter?

Dear Eartha, The leaves are turning and the days are getting shorter. I know the colder weather is coming, so how can I make sure my energy bills don’t skyrocket this winter? Fall is in the air! Pumpkin spice everything is back on menus and football is on the TV. I, too, find myself spending […]

Ask Eartha: Understanding new electric vehicle credit

Dear Eartha, I recently heard that there are tax credits for electric cars — is that true? Yep — it’s true! In fact, tax credits for electric cars have been offered by the federal government for over a decade. And during that time, the credit stayed the same — until this year. With the signing […]

Ask Eartha: What is the deal with planned obsolescence?

Dear Eartha, My smartphone is getting slower and it’s only 2 years old! It seems unsustainable that my phone becomes a dinosaur every few years. What gives? Let’s face it, our digital devices and other electronic goods and appliances aren’t as durable as they used to be. It has become the norm that when our […]

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