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Green Briefs: Disappearing power

Nicole Frey

EDWARDS – In the average home, 40 percent of all the electricity is used to power home appliances while they’re turned off, said Matt Scherr, executive director of the Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability.Even though machines are off, they could still be sucking up energy if they’re plugged it, Scherr said. To save money and electricity, use power strips or manually unplug DVD players, computers and cell phone chargers.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Tree cutting permits from the White River National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management’s Glenwood Springs field office are now available. The permits are $10 per tree and can be purchased during business hours Monday through Friday at Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management offices. Most areas are open for cutting with exceptions including wilderness study areas, recreation and ski areas and administrative areas. Cutting is also prohibited at Deep Creek along Coffee Pot Road, the Thompson Creek Natural Area and Garfield Creek, south of New Castle. For additional information, contact the White River National Forest in Glenwood Springs at 970-945-2521 or the Glenwood Springs Bureau of Land Management field office at 970-947-2800. For Eagle County information, call 827-5715.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – The White River National Forest will soon release a version of its travel management plan and environmental impact statement, which, in part, outlines what will happen to rogue trails not created by the Forest Service. Forest planners reviewed the public comment gathered on the draft travel management plan released in late July. They deemed more public comment necessary through a supplemental draft, which will include updated and corrected information from the original draft. The supplemental draft will likely be released in late spring or early summer 2007. For more information on the White River National Forest and the travel plan process, visit http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/whiteriver/projects/travel_management/index.shtml.



WASHINGTON D.C. – The Federal Communication Commission recently announced it will propose a law that could help prevent million of migratory birds from dying in the nearly 90,000 communication towers across the country, said Steve Homer, spokesman for the American Bird Conservancy. In 2002, the American Bird Conservancy, Forest Conservation Council and Friends of the Earth filed a lawsuit against the commission charging that bird fatalities could be avoided by measures including clustering antennas, building towers less than 200 feet tall and placing red or white strobes on towers more than 200 feet tall instead of a solid or slow pulsing lights.

DENVER – A recent poll by the Coalition for Colorado’s New Energy Future reports people in the state support taking action on energy issues and support The Plan for Colorado’s New Energy Future. Seventy-nine percent of the 802 Coloradans polled support increasing renewable energy to 20 percent by 2015. Eighty-one percent said they’d like to see incentives for utility companies to reduce electricity and natural gas use by 10 percent by 2015 and 74 percent supported setting up a renewable fuels standard where 10 percent of transportation fuels comes from renewables, like biodiesel and cellulosic ethanol, by 2015.



Waterwise WednesdayEDWARDS – This segment of the lecture series, at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Donovan Pavilion in West Vail, will focus on the health of Gore Creek. The forum will explore the balance between economics and environmental health. Waterwise Wednesday lectures are hosted by the Eagle River Watershed Council, aided by Eagle County, the town of Vail and the Forest Service. For more information or to RSVP, call 827-5406 or e-mail info@EagleRiverWatershedCouncil.org. Energy Star SummitDENVER – Builders, contractors, remodelers, utilities and code officials and those in related fields are invited to update their skills at the Energy Star training and networking event from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday at the Hyatt Regency in the Denver Tech Center, 7800 East Tufts Ave. in Denver. The cost is $195 and $100 for students. For more information or to register, visit http://www.e-star.com/events/summit/.Solar professor at Green Building GroupEDWARDS – The Green Building Group will present Mike Brandemuehl, known as professor sunshine, at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13 at the miller Ranch Community Center. Brandemuehl instructs at the University of Colorado College of Engineering, which has won the national Solar Decathlon twice in a row by creating building-integrated solar technology for the American West. The lecture is free to Eagle Valley Alliance members and $5 for all others. For more information, call 569-3890. Staff Writer Nicole Frey can be reached at 748-2927 or nfrey@vaildaily.com. Vail, Colorado


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