Climate protection stewards

Walking Mountains Science Center hosts hike to celebrate sustainability

 

Climb It for Climate, a celebration of engagement in climate action and environmental stewardship, is a new fundraising event for Avon’s Walking Mountains Science Center. The September event demonstrated that climate is a critical issue to those who live and work in Eagle County, and that the community is eager to take action to improve it.

Participants learned about zero waste, green commuting and sustainable buildings. Each guest was invited to pledge to make one change in 2023 that will positively impact local climate action. “We had some fun, too, with live music, a live muralist and great food and drinks,” says Paul Abling, marketing and communications director for Walking Mountains Science Center. “We reviewed the great sustainability work already taking place and shared our goals to reduce greenhouse gases.” Eagle County’s goal is a decrease of 50% of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere by 2030, and 80% by 2050.

Paul praises Holy Cross Energy’s pledge to deliver 100% clean energy by 2030, and developers East West Partners who now earn LEED Certification on all new projects. Other exemplary businesses included outdoor gear manufacturer Fjallraven, who offer a lifetime tailoring guarantee to keep textiles out of landfills. And Paul points out that Vail Honeywagon, Vail’s first waste disposal company, is leading the way for rural communities to embrace composting. 

“At Climb It for Climate, the community learned, pledged and celebrated local efforts for climate action. Walking Mountains Science Center is the hub of sustainability education in Eagle County,” says Paul. “And thanks to the generous support from Alpine Bank, our wide-ranging programs to educate and inspire will continue to grow.” 

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