Basalt, Colorado Leads CAST Challenge

Basalt, Colorado Leads CAST Challenge

[click “Play” to hear Eileen’s interview with Tripp Adams]

6a00e553ed7fe18833011571f9503c970b-120wi The Colorado Association of Ski Towns Reusable Bag Challenge numbers are in from July and Basalt leads the challenge with the most recycled bags used per capita of any other participating town. Telluride and Mountain Village are in 9th place.  More than 30 communities have been striving to kick the plastic bag habit since March 1st by having people bring their own bag or a recycled bag to shop with.  Combined, the communities involved in the CAST Challenge so far have  eliminated the use of 2,408,055 single-use plastic bags since March.  The challenge ends September 1st.  The winning town will receive a $10,000 grant from sponsor Alpine Bank and PCL Construction to install a solar panel system at a public school for the winning community.  Independent Power Systems will install the panels for free.

Tripp Adams is owner and President of True North Management and is the coordinator for the Basalt Green Team.  Tripp Adams is also Chairman for the Carbondale Rotary “Champions for the Environment” who is also sponsoring the event  for Basalt’s “bring your own bag campaign.”  Tripp said Basalt plans to win the challenge by continuing to push for participation throughout the month. 

For more information on how you or your business can actively participate in the Basalt area, email 

Telluride local David Allen started the CAST Challenge.  Allen is owner of Lotus Energy Solutions and is a guide with Telluride Outside.  To contact David Allen with questions about the CAST Challenge, email To learn more about sustainability issues in Telluride, see TNCC’s website.

Please commit to using your reusable bag and encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same!

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