Town Of Eagle Soars Into Top Ten In CAST Challenge

[click “Play” to hear Eileen’s interview with Roman Yavich]

(editor’s note: Take note Telluride and all other readers: This article was to have appeared on Sunday, August 31. The Challenge officially ends today, September 1. Even though the contest is over, the real challenge is to develop habits that enhance sustainability.)

6a00e553ed7fe18833011571047a02970c-120wi The Colorado Association of Ski Towns (CAST) Reusable Bag Challenge is in it’s final days of the six month  competition. In the top ten towns who have eliminated the most single-use plastic bags is the Colorado Ski Town of Eagle, currently in 7th place out of more than 30 participating communities who have joined the CAST Challenge since March 1st. Roman Yavich is Sustainability Coordinator for the Town of Eagle and is the administrator of Eagle’s “bring your own bag” campaign. With 14 businesses participating, Eagle has been busy promoting the CAST Challenge through their town website www.townofeagle.org, press releases in local papers, ads on County TV and posters around town. The town also bought 2000 bags and distributed them at their Earth Day Party for the Planet and at their popular Flight Days parade. Several charity races also received reusable bags.

The contest ends September 1st with the winning town receiving a $10,000 grant from sponsors 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. TIO will be reporting on the winning community and runners up as soon as the numbers are in, so stay tuned.

Plastic bags never biodegrade, so please commit to using your reusable bag and encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same!

For more information on how you or your business can actively participate in the Eagle area, email roman@townofeagle.com and check out their web site www.townofeagle.org or the Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability website.

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 dgallen2@gmail.com. For information on sustainability issues in the Telluride region, see the TNCC website.

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