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Local leaders tips on how to make every day Earth Day

SUMMIT COUNTY – Community leaders, elected officials and nonprofit organizations offered their tips on how to make Earth Day meaningful – today and every day.

Keep your tires properly inflated. It cuts back on your carbon dioxide emissions and saves you money on gas.

– U.S. Congressman Jared Polis

Use a reusable water bottle. Americans buy an estimated 28 billion plastic water bottles every year, and nearly eight out of every 10 of those bottles will end up in a landfill.

– State Sen. Dan Gibbs

Be diligent about keeping trash and pollutants out of rivers, streams and other waterways. Non-point source pollution in our watershed ecosystems can be caused by any number of things, including pesticides, pharmaceuticals, construction sites and even individual carelessness.

– John Hagan, watershed outreach coordinator, Blue River Watershed Group

Walk and ride a bike, but do it for your errands. It amazes me how people here will hike for 10 miles, but they won’t walk around the block or bike to the post office. It’s a mental shift that your feet and your bike are legitimate forms of transportation. I made a deal with myself that when I got home from work every day, the car stayed parked in the driveway. I lost weight and saved money.

– Silverthorne Mayor Dave Koop

Commit to keeping human foods away from wildlife by caring for trash and cleaning up litter while on a walk, hike or bike ride.

– Shannon Schwab, district wildlife manager, Colorado Division of Wildlife

Learn about where your water comes from here in the arid West. Pay attention to water issues, because Summit County headwaters are coveted by others. The best defense of Western Colorado water is an educated public. For information, visit http://www.ColoradoRiverDistrict.org.

– Jim Pokrandt, education specialist, Colorado River Water Conservation District

Save your food scraps at home and work, and add them to your backyard compost bin or worms.

– Jen Santry, executive director, High Country Conservation Center

Get your hands in the dirt and green up our local White River National Forest by volunteering with the Friends of the Dillon Ranger District. Register online at http://www.fdrd.org to join FDRD’s tree-planting projects in areas hit hard by the pine beetle epidemic.

– Scott Fussell, executive director, Friends of the Dillon Ranger District

I pledge to eliminate plastic bags from my life – to never go shopping without my cloth bags.

– Dillon Mayor Ron Holland

Take some kids into the woods. Disconnect them from the computer, the cell phone and the television, and teach them about the unplugged fun and games they can have in the National Forest.

– Scott Fitzwilliams, forest supervisor, White River National Forest

When you’re not using your electronic devices, unplug them. Or plug them into a power strip, and turn it off. Even when electronics are turned off, they can draw between 10 percent and 100 percent of the power they use when they’re on.

– State Rep. Christine Scanlan

Summertime outdoor water use accounts for 50 percent of demand. Irrigate only as needed. Turn off irrigation during rain events. Consider native landscaping. Use only what you need.

– Eric Kuhn, general manager, Colorado River Water Conservation District

Commit to bike or take the bus at least one day a week.

– Jen Stein, administrative assistant, High Country Conservation Center

Donate winter sports equipment in good condition, or recycle old skis and snowboards through a Specialty Sports Venture outlet. Find locations throughout Summit County and the Front Range at http://www.ssv.com. If you’re a skier or rider, make plans to volunteer for the mountain clean-up.

– Julie Klein, director of environmental affairs, Vail Resorts Lodging Division

Save energy and save money by capitalizing on energy rebates from the Governor’s Energy Office at http://www.rechargecolorado.com

– Lynne Westerfield, community energy coordinator, High Country Conservation Center

Regardless of personal views on climate change and other environmental topics, everyone can probably agree on a few points. More efficient use of resources, cleaner air and water, reduced pollution and reduced dependence on foreign sources of energy are all important for the earth’s natural resources and for us.

– Dave November, environmental manager, Breckenridge Ski Resort

While enjoying the trails in our local White River National Forest this summer, do your partto keep it clean and leave no trace behind. Pack out all trash and dog waste.

– Christiane Hinterman, program manager, Friends of the Dillon Ranger District

Turn off all your lights from 8-10 p.m. tonight.

– Frisco Mayor Bill Pelham

– Compiled by Julie Sutor


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