Whole Foods Market, Colorado Mountain Colllege host Earth Day events
Whole Foods Market in Frisco has several events planned to recognize Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22.
The store will support the protection of bees and other pollinators with free honey-related tastings and product samplings from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. The store will donate 100 percent of sales from $1 High Mowing Organic Seeds packets to the Xerces Society, as well as a portion of other product sales.
On Earth Day, Whole Foods will give out high-quality compost produced at the Summit County Resource Allocation Park. Compost will be available when the store opens at 7 a.m. until supplies runs out, and the store will provide burlap bags from the Allegro Coffee Company to carry compost.
Any compost leftover from Earth Day will be given out the following Wednesday for the store’s one-year anniversary. High Country Conservation Center employees will be on-site from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. that day to talk about their food-scrap composting program.
The store will also host students from The Peak School on a tour to learn about the company’s sourcing practices and other environmental and social initiatives.
For more information about the compost giveaway, contact Matty Snyder at Matty.Snyder@Wholefoods.com or (970) 668-9400 Ext. 102.
CMC in Breck hosts sustainability conference
In support of Earth Day’s 45th anniversary April 22, the public is invited to a free sustainability conference from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on April 24 at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge.
CMC students in the college’s sustainability studies program are coordinating the conference.
Participants can listen to student presentations regarding climate, social equity and community-supported agriculture; take part in a cooking demonstration using Colorado-sourced sustainable food; and plant herbs, flowers and trees.
The event will offer complimentary food and beverages, prizes will be awarded throughout the day and local businesses will be on site to showcase how they practice sustainability.
The event’s keynote speaker is Auden Schendler, vice president of sustainability for Aspen Skiing Co. and author of “Getting Green Done: Hard Truths from the Front Lines of the Sustainability Revolution.”
Schendler, who TIME magazine called a global warming innovator in 2006, will speak at 2:30 p.m.
Breckenridge’s conference is one of several sustainability-focused events at various CMC locations around Earth Day. CMC’s Breckenridge campus is located at 107 Dennison Placer Road.
For more information, including a detailed schedule, go to coloradomtn.edu/about-cmc/sustainable_cmc or call (970) 453-6757.
West Slope hosts climate conference
The Western Colorado Climate Challenge and Solar Fair will bring together some of the regions’ leading organizations, businesses and a diversity of stakeholders and experts ready to roll up their sleeves for action on climage change.
Attendees will take away a plan and a personal pledge to work toward being carbon neutral by 2020 and to reduce water consumption by 50 percent.
Rather than waiting for others to act, the Western Slope Climate Challenge is about seizing the opportunity to begin solving these issues locally, regionally, statewide, and eventually nationally and globally.
Topics and hands-on challenges at this year’s event include rural solarization; addressing water conservation and river system resiliency in an era of increasing water scarcity and drought; sharing efforts to produce more power locally from a range of energy sources; and removing policy and personal impediments to facilitating a rapid transformation of the region’s energy and resource use.
The weekend starts Friday, May 1, with the free Solar Fair hosted by Solar Energy International at its campus outside of Paonia.
The Western Slope Climate Challenge conference itself, which reconvenes Saturday morning at The Hive Paonia, requires registration and is limited to 150 participants. Admission is $60. Some partial scholarships are available by contacting the event organizers. Register at www.eventbrite.com/e/western-slope-climate-challenge-2015-tickets-16162051130
Lesser prairie-chicken conservation site goes live
More than 25 agencies, nonprofits, universities and businesses recently joined forces and launched a website to showcase a multi-state effort to protect the threatened lesser prairie-chicken.
The Natural Resources Conservation Service created the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative in 2011 in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with the goal of increasing the bird’s abundance, distribution and habitat while promoting the overall health of grazing lands and the long-term sustainability of ranching operations.
Lesser prairie-chicken populations have declined dramatically during the past several decades; due to loss of native prairie, habitat fragmentation, and degradation of habitat on both private and public lands. Five states host the species habitat including Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas, and 95 percent of that habitat is on private land.
Since 2011, NRCS in Colorado has funded 16 contracts to apply conservation practices on more than 101,647 acres of habitat for the lesser prairie-chicken, totaling more than $1,640,687 in federal funding.
For more information visit www.lpcinitiative.org.
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