Vail Daily’s View: Green initiatives go above and beyond |

Vail Daily’s View: Green initiatives go above and beyond

Vail Daily Editorial Board
Vail, CO, Colorado

Even if you don’t buy global warming as a big threat, it’s hard to argue against reducing waste and air pollution.

And groups and events throughout the Vail Valley are doing their part to keep junk out of landfills and keep our legendary blue skies blue.

Thanks to the town of Vail, events and festivals will follow green standards this summer. Recycling containers should be plentiful, but Styrofoam should be absent.

Local event promoter Highline Sports and Entertainment plans to go above and beyond the town’s checklist. So far this year, sponsors of Spring Back to Vail got gift bags made out of recycled event banners. Highline ” which also produces Gourmet on Gore, Vail Oktoberfest, Vail Snow Daze, the Beaver Creek Snowshoe Adventure Series and CarniVail ” says it also has switched to compostable cups, containers and utensils at its events.

The town says announcements over loudspeakers will remind people at Vail events to recycle.

A coalition of businesses in Eagle, meanwhile, is promoting the town as the place to ride your bicycle in the county.

The One Eagle group even declared May

“Bike Month.”

Eagle is the perfect place for such a campaign. People can ride easily between the retail areas and their homes (and the town’s park and pool), keeping their cars in the garage and getting a little exercise as they travel around town. Other county towns should follow One Eagle’s lead.

These are by no means all the green efforts going on in the valley, only two of the newer initiatives. The community should continue to innovate in an effort to be a leader for resort towns that depend on pristine environments for their continued economic health.

We would like to see recycling expanded throughout the valley. There should be more curbside pickup of a wider variety of materials. We would like to be able to recycle bottles beyond Nos. 1 and 2.

If it’s not cost-effective, perhaps the county, when the economy picks up steam, should ask itself if a recycling tax is wanted.

We have an open space tax to preserve land. We should at least ask the question if we want to give a little extra money to preserve the environment.

Vail Daily Editorial Board

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