Sustainability in Schools

Plastic Bag Facts

Disposable Plastic Bags:

According to the Town of Breckenridge, less than 5% of the over 2 Billion Disposable Plastic Bags used annually in Colorado are recycled.

The Wall Street Journal reports that we use about 200 Billion disposable plastic bags EVERY YEAR in the United States. They also report that getting consumers to change their shopping habits and actually use their re-useable bags often only happens when there is “a personal reward…associated with the change”. Learn more HERE.

“Plastics, like Diamonds, are forever!” say researchers at the Algalita Marine Research Foundation, “Plastic goes through a process called photodegradation, where sunlight breaks it into smaller and smaller pieces, all of which are still plastic polymers.” Also: “all plastic introduced into [the] marine environment remains there, getting smaller but never breaking apart” As the plastic breaks down, it enters the food chain on a molecular level. Learn more HERE.

Colorado Initiatives & Legislation:

Telluride, Colorado has banned plastic bags and charges a $.10 bag fee for the use/ distribution of paper bags in city limits. Learn more HERE.

Breckenridge, Colorado has instituted a plastic bag fee similar to the one potentially proposed in Fraser. Learn more about the details HERE and HERE. To see a copy of their ordinance, click HERE.

Aspen bans plastic bags. Learn more HERE.

The City of Boulder has instituted a $.10 disposable plastic bag fee. Learn more HERE. Read the ordinance HERE.

State Measures & Initiatives:

Oregon Senate Bill 113 seeks to regulate single-use checkout bags in the state of Oregon. Learn more HERE.

Providence, RI, STATE HOUSE, April 4, 2013 – Environment Rhode Island yesterday presented lawmakers with more than 7,300 signatures on a petition in support of legislation to ban plastic bags at store checkouts in Rhode Island. Learn more HERE.

Arkansas State Representative Denny Altes has introduced a bill into the Arkansas General Assembly to ban single-use plastic bags in food stores. Lear more HERE.

Learn about pending and passed State legislation HERE.

Plastic Bags Fatal for Marine Mammals

Learn how more than a hundred plastic bags and other ocean debris helped contribute to the death of this Sperm Whale in the Mediterranean HERE.

ECO Roadshow 2013

2013 marks the birth of the ECO Roadshow –

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Grand County Colorado’s own Sustainability Fair. Infinite West will be collaborating with Cooper Creek Square to bring you live entertainment, sustainability education, puppet shows for the kids, and other fun activities.

The ECO Roadshow is a collaborative sustainability event, bringing environmentally conscious businesses and non-profits together with the public for the purpose of education for all ages. The event is being held in conjunction with a Solshine Music Festival weekend and is designed to promote a Greener Grand County.

2-4 Live Music with Afro-Pop Ensemble, Nokuthula

Cooper Creek Square will be providing and funding a stage with local musicians and entertainment!
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11-1 Rocky Mountain Puppet Show

These puppet characters by ventriloquist Meghan Casey come to life! The show promises to be a magical and totally realistic interaction between Meghan and her characters. Expect to feel good and laugh a lot. This puppet show will feature an ecological and planet-friendly theme.
MEGHAN CASEY

1-2 Magician

11-4 Sustainability Education Booths & Demonstrations

Infinite West is coordinating educational booths & vendors, with the intention of raising awareness on sustainability issues & strategies, as well as promoting Green Business in Grand County. We will draw from local resources, as well as bringing in outside technologies and advocates to show in the event.
COOPER CREEK KIDS

Thank you to our ECO Roadshow Sponsors!

2013 SPONSORS

Infinite West is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, located at the headwaters of the Colorado River in Grand County, Colorado

Beauty In Awareness: /Art/Music/ Poetry/Fun!

Beauty In Awareness: /Art/Music/Poetry/Fun!

Local Grand County artists are joining together this year to generate change in our communities, and our world. Join us in supporting the Beauty In Awareness Artists Advocate Party.  This is a kick off celebration party for anyone interested in participating in The Beauty in Awareness Art Show, slated for Spring of 2013. Several Cooper Creek business are sponsoring a mixture of fun activities to support the event, such as The Nest, Mountain Grind, and Smokin’ Moes.  starts as a daylong event taking place at Cooper Creek Square in Winter Park. Get your art on with in a collaborative piece, listen to live poetry, amazing music, and add your own artistic expression. Coordinators are looking for artists to participate in this spring’s Beauty in Awareness Art Show, designed to celebrate art for sustainable change.

Who:  Calling all artists, community members, kids, and caring people!
What: The Beauty in Awareness Artist Advocate Party
Where: Cooper Creek Square (The Nest, Mountain Grind, Smokin’ Moes)
When: February 9, 2013

There will be a small entry fee to attend the evening events, including a Happy Hour, art show at Nest.artistic home, and music at Smokin’ Moes. A portion of the proceeds will go to Infinite West to help support the upcoming Beauty in Awareness Art Show.

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Events Include:

Art at Nest. artistic home – Information Hub
10 o’clock – ON – Collaborative Art Project: Throw Some Paint! – Nest
3-4 o’clock – Lindsey England: Images & Readings from her book The Hermit in the Woods – Nest
7-9 o’clock – Mixer & Poetry Slam – Mountain Grind Coffee Shop
9 o’clock – ON – THE CONGRESS – Rockin’ music with heart at Smokin’ Moes, Winter Park
4-7 o’clock – CASH MOB

Get a FREE TICKET to Saturday Night’s Show!
How? Participate in Saturday’s Cash Mob… Spend $20 at Nest and get free admittance to The Congress at Smokin’ Moes at 9:00 Saturday Night.

This event is organized by Lavender Elephant (find us on facebook!) & Nest. artistic home in Winter Park, Colorado. Sponsors include:

Cooper Creek Square
Nest . artistic home
Smokin’ Moes
Sushi Bar
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Mountain Grind Coffee Shop

For more information contact:
Abbey Arabie- 985.630.5256 / abbeyleigharabie@gmail.com
Carolyn Bailey- 970.531.8625 nestartistichome@gmail.com

Granby Rotary & Middle School to Celebrate Earth Day

Earth Day in Granby May 17 2012

In what is becoming a long-standing tradition in Grand County, Earth Day will be celebrated one month late. This could be attributed to the old saying, ‘Grand County Time’, but actually it has much more to to with what the weather might do at 9000 feet on April 22, the traditional global day for celebrating the earth. As Kristie DeLay said: “Who knew the weather would have been so nice that we could have celebrated this year on the actual day?”

Kristie is the committee chair for the Granby Rotary’s Earth Day festivities, which this year include activities with the 6th Graders in East Grand Middle School. The day will include tree planting, trash cleanup, and a presentation by the students. The event is scheduled for Thursday, May 17th at the school.

Infinite West’s Vicky Burton, fearless leader of the ‘Red Hand Team’ cleans up Trash and Recycling with East Grand Middle Schoolers on Granby Earth Day! (photo courtesy of T.H.J. Hodsdon)

Infinite West is proud to be helping with a sponsorship of the event. We also look forward to volunteering at this event and learning with the kids the importance of nurturing and caring for our planet. Volunteers are needed from 12-4 on May 17th, or the evening of May 16th to help dig holes for trees to be planted. If you would like to join as a volunteer, please contact Infinite West.

Earth Day: The History of A Movement

(from Earth Day Network)

Each year, Earth Day — April 22 — marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.

The height of hippie and flower-child culture in the United States, 1970 brought the death of Jimi Hendrix, the last Beatles album, and Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water”. Protest was the order of the day, but saving the planet was not the cause. War raged in Vietnam, and students nationwide increasingly opposed it.

At the time, Americans were slurping leaded gas through massive V8 sedans. Industry belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of legal consequences or bad press. Air pollution was commonly accepted as the smell of prosperity. “Environment” was a word that appeared more often in spelling bees than on the evening news.  Although mainstream America remained oblivious to environmental concerns, the stage had been set for change by the publication of Rachel Carson’s New York Times bestseller Silent Spring in 1962.  The book represented a watershed moment for the modern environmental movement, selling more than 500,000 copies in 24 countries and, up until that moment, more than any other person, Ms. Carson raised public awareness and concern for living organisms, the environment and public health.

Earth Day 1970 capitalized on the emerging consciousness, channeling the energy of the anti-war protest movement and putting environmental concerns front and center.

12:30 p.m. Earth Day. One half-hour after moratorium on car engines, Fifth Ave. is mobbed. Photo: New York Daily News / Frank Castoral
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