1 | Leave the car at the condo. Ride the free bus – Steamboat Springs Transit (SST) provides daily fixed route transit service throughout the city. Steamboat also earned the Silver Bicycle Friendly award from the League of American Bicyclists in 2007, with top-notch trails for commuting and recreation.
2 | Skip the plastic bags. Did you forget your stash of reusable bags? Use local reusable totes. The Steamboat Chamber Visitor Center (125 Anglers Dr.) has green Yampa Valley Recycles bags and black Buy Local bags for purchase.
3 | Support sustainable businesses. Currently 69 businesses strong, the Sustainable Business Program focuses on sustainability and the Triple Bottom Line – financial success, social responsibility and proactive environmental management. Find a list of enrolled businesses listed at left.
4 | Spend Cents for Steamboat. Cents for Steamboat raises funds for local “green” projects when you shop at a participating business and make a voluntary donation at check out. Donate 1%, or your spare change, and it will be earmarked for local projects like water, air quality, land preservation, green building, energy efficiency and sustainable living. www.steamboatchamber.com/cents.
5 | Use the Eco-Guide. The online guide is a one-stop-shop for finding Routt County’s sustainability related organizations, services, retailers and more. www.steamboatchamber.com/ecoguide
6 | Practice Zero Waste. Yampa Valley Sustainability Council’s Zero Waste Initiative keeps waste at bay and spreads awareness of recycling, reuse and composting. Look for the “Zero Heroes” at public events. www.yvsc.org.
7 | Sample what’s local. Savor all that grows in the Yampa Valley. Shop Steamboat’s farmers’ market on Saturdays. Meet the producers, ask questions and learn about the importance of knowing your food source.
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