YAMPA VALLEY SUSTAINABILITY COUNCIL

Steamboat Springs, CO   |  www.yvsc.org

Mission

The mission of Yampa Valley Sustainability Council is to provide leadership to advance environmental, economic and social sustainability for current and future generations through education, programs and by building collaboration among individuals, organizations, businesses, and government.

Ruling year info

2009

Executive Director

Sarah B. Jones

Marketing and Program Director

Andrea J Kennedy

Main address

PO Box 881461

Steamboat Springs, CO 80488 USA

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EIN

26-4753602

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

Recycling (C27)

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Our programs

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Waste Diversion

YVSC’s Waste Diversion program encompasses Sustainable Event services, which reduce waste at large-scale public events; Recycling, which promotes recycling of traditional and hard-to-recycle materials and includes our annual Community Recycling Drop-Off; Waste Diversion Systems, which works to make the recycling of traditional, hard-to-recycle and organics more accessible and sustainable in our isolated rural community; and our new Food Waste initiatives, which are reducing household and commercial food waste. YVSC’s pilot Food Waste Challenge in spring 2017 helped 50 families reduce the amount of food they waste in their homes. The Challenge was so successful that YVSC plans to offer it again in 2018, helping more families keep nutritious food out of the landfill and save money on their grocery bills.

Population(s) Served

The purpose of the Green Building program is to educate homeowners, builders and architects about ways to build and remodel sustainably in partnership with City and County green building programs and building codes. In 2017, YVSC worked with the Routt County Building Department and the building community to pass the 2015 International Energy Conservation Codes (IECC), which significantly improve energy efficiency in homes and commercial buildings. In addition, YVSC hosts several educational workshops per year and our annual Sustainable Homes Tour, which was recently attended by 88 interested community members and featured smaller, thoughtfully-designed homes in the Fairview neighborhood.

Population(s) Served

YVSC is promoting a culture of sustainability in Routt County school. Sustainable Schools is focused on waste, energy and reforestation—three critical climate strategies—because there is no better way to ensure a more sustainable future than by educating children, and it’s critical that children begin practicing sustainable behaviors from a young age.

Population(s) Served

Talking Green is a monthly networking event that brings together individuals, organizations and business to learn about various environmental topics. Depending on the venue and the topic, as many as 60 people have attended monthly Talking Green events. Recent topics have included Zero Waste, Recycling, Geothermal heating, Xeriscaping, Energy Efficient Home Design, the Mountain Pine Beetle Epidemic and Community Supported Agriculture.

Population(s) Served

YVSC encourages energy conservation and renewable energy through education, rebates and other financial assistance. YVSC has initiated community-supported funds for energy-efficiency rebates in Routt and Moffat County. These rebates provide incentives for residential and small commercial local utility members to control their energy costs through upgrades to energy efficient appliances and lighting.

In our cold weather climate, utility costs make up a significant portion of a low-income family’s monthly budget, especially in a home that is leaky or has inefficient heating. YVSC administers the Colorado’s Affordable Residential Energy program (CARE) program, providing almost $5,000 per home to low-income families (80% AMI) for energy efficiency upgrades. Because of limited funding for CARE, YVSC is raising funds for our new Jump Start program, which provides home energy assessments, furnace check-ups, and energy-efficiency “quick-fixes” to low-income families. Both the CARE and Jump Start programs help low-income families create safer and more energy-efficient homes—lowering their utility bills and leaving more money in their budgets for other necessities like food, childcare, transportation and medical care.

Population(s) Served

The goal of ReTree is to plant and care for site-specific native tree species that will help increase the diversity, structure, health and resilience of local forests and riparian areas and connect the local community, especially youth, to their forest and environment in a meaningful, hands-on way. Since 2010, YVSC has engaged more than 3,000 volunteers ages 2 – 72 to plant, steward, monitor and map 25,950 trees.

Population(s) Served

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Below are YVSC's organizational goals:
1. Promote sustainability as a core value of businesses and government in order to improve efficiencies in resource use and to reduce environmental impacts
2. Foster the concept of sustainability as a public value and encourage stewardship of natural resources
3. Incorporate “triple bottom line” analysis by integrating economic, social and environmental considerations into policy and program decisions
4. Establish measurable performance indicators, targets, and goals, and report on progress
5. Partner with local, state, and federal governments, community organizations, cultural institutions, businesses, and individuals

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YAMPA VALLEY SUSTAINABILITY COUNCIL

Board of directors
as of 4/29/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Paul Potyen

Self employed

Beth Davis

Navigant Consulting

Paul Potyen

Transition Steamboat

Craig Schifter

Retired

Garrett Smith

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation

Tina Evans

Colorado Mountain College

Jeff Troeger