Local Commissioner Candidates’ View on Climate Action
HC3 invited Summit County Commissioner candidates to weigh in on local environmental issues. See their responses below.
1. What is most concerning to you about climate change impacts to our community?
Background info: Summit County Government, along with the Towns of Breckenridge, Dillon, Frisco and Silverthorne, adopted a community-wide Climate Action Plan in 2019.
2. Would you support a local Renewable Energy Program that would require renewable energy on buildings that use large amounts of outdoor energy?
Background info: See Renewable Energy Program fact sheet.
3. Would you support a “universal recycling” policy that would require recycling collection at businesses and residences across the community?
Background info: Summit County’s landfill diversion rate is 19%, meaning over 80% of our waste is NOT recycled or composted. Colorado’s diversion rate is 33%. While Strong Future has created many new drop-off recycling programs, many residents and visitors still don’t have access to recycling at their home or vacation rental. A “universal recycling” ordinance would require businesses and residences, including multi-family unit buildings, to have recycling collection onsite. Universal recycling access policies have substantially increased recycling rates in other communities. Visit HC3’s recycling pages for info on local recycling programs, including details about new Strong Future programs.