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High Country Conservation Center

The High Country Conservation Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit serving Summit County. For more than 40 years, we've been making tremendous progress towards a more environmentally sustainable community, focusing on energy efficiency, waste reduction, sustainable food and water conservation.

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Water Conservation

Class

Environment 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Families
General Public

Description

Providing comprehensive water conservation education for residents in Summit County.

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Evidence of Program's Success

A reduction in water use.

Energy Efficiency

Class

Environment 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Males
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

We offer comprehensive home and small business energy audits. Our Building Professional Institute (BPI) certified auditor will evaluate and provide energy efficiency recommendations.

In addition, we are a certified contractor for Home Energy Ratings and Energy Star for New Homes certifications.

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Evidence of Program's Success

More than 300 audits completed in the past four years.

Community Gardens and Sustainable Food

Class

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Hispanics
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
Families

Description

We maintain six local community gardens in Breckenridge, Dillon, Frisco and Silverthorne. These garden plots are available for lease to the public, with some plots available at free or reduced rates for our local, underserved population. We also have a children's garden, which offers hands-on education for children from pre-school to high-school age.

The gardens are built and maintained by volunteers, numbering over 115 each summer. We also promote food policy that promotes social equity, health, environmental and economic sustainability for consumers and farmers.

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Evidence of Program's Success

This program has grown incrementally since its inception in 2011. We now have more than 150 plots, and more than 200 volunteers in the program. We are also producing far more food than the prior year, based on weights, and are providing more fresh food to low-income residents than in the prior year.

Composting in the Schools Program

Class

Environment 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General
Hispanics

Description

Provide composting education and services (in partnership with Summit County Government) to pick up all food waste and turn it into compost. This program is up and running at all K-12 Summit School District Schools.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In four years, we have implemented this program across the entire Summit School District. We have educated more than 2,000 students and teachers and actively engaged them in diverting their food waste.

Recycling and Composting

Class

Environment 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General
General Public
Hispanics

Description

We provide waste reduction education throughout Summit County, Colorado. We answer the public's recycling and composting questions, offer workshops on composting and other waste reduction initiatives. We also offer tours of Summit County's Resource Allocation Park (SCRAP), which includes a commercial composting operation and a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) for recyclable processing.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Current diversion rates have improved, with our current MSW Recycling Diversion Rate at 23%

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