Contact info

Address

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

Phone

(970) 668-5703

Email

info@highcountryconservation.org

Our Mission

High Country Conservation Center’s mission is to promote practical solutions for waste reduction and resource conservation in our mountain community.

We are focused on impactful climate action. Program areas include waste reduction, energy efficiency and clean energy, water conservation, and sustainable food production.

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Staff

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

CLIMATE ACTION DIRECTOR

COMMUNITY PROGRAMS DIRECTOR

MARKETING AND EVENTS MANAGER

COMMUNITY PROGRAMS MANAGER 

OFFICE & PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Taylor Magnus

ENERGY PROGRAMS MANAGER

Narelle Kipple

CLIMATE PROGRAMS MANAGER

CSA FARMER

Board of Directors

RETIRED, ENVIRONMENTAL LAW

ASPIRE SUSTAINABILITY, CHIEF SUSTAINABILITY STRATEGIST

ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT, FIRST BANK

ARAPAHOE BASIN, OPERATIONS MANAGER

DEEPER GREEN CONSULTING, PRINCIPAL

HIGHSIDE BREWING, OWNER

ARAPAHOE BASIN, SUSTAINABILITY MANAGER

MINIMAL IMPACT, LLC.

RETIRED, OUTDOOR RECREATION MANAGEMENT

SUMMIT COUNTY COMMISSIONER

WESTERN LAND GROUP

Carol Saade

SUMMIT INFORMATION SERVICES & BRECKENRIDGE TOWN COUNCIL

History

In 1976, Tim McClure founded Summit Recycling Project (SRP) as “a non-profit educational-experimental organization to promote resource recovery and to reduce wastefulness.” Tim’s program flourished for seven years as he and volunteers collected recyclable materials from county residents and began to foster the conservation ethic that still exists today. Unfortunately, Tim’s lobbying for government assistance and funding was met without success, forcing him to close SRP’s doors in February 1983. Two years later, Tim died in an avalanche.

In 1989, Bob and Rose Wentzell took on Tim McClure’s vision to renew SRP’s operations. One day per week, two recycling centers began accepting nine recyclable materials.

Since then, the program has expanded to accept more than 20 different recyclable materials and has grown to address emerging waste streams like used electronics and wood waste from fire mitigation efforts.

In 2006, Summit County Government institutionalized the nonprofit’s recycling operations into a stable government department. To formalize this change, SRP changed its name to the High Country Conservation Center (HC3) in January 2006. After careful thought, the organization’s board and staff realized that even with this significant shift in recycling operations, our work is not done and our mission is not complete. In fact, this change gave us the perfect opportunity to do more work on waste reduction education and formally address other resource conservation issues.

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