Community Engagement is central to what we do at YVSC and why we do it. We strive to bring relevant science and research into the service of dialogue, decision-making and collaborative action, serving as a consistent and reliable resource for understanding how climate change is influencing the Yampa Valley and how our region can impactfully mitigate it (reduce emissions) and increase resilience to current and projected changes.
YVSC supports, convenes and leads collaborations in an approachable, community-centered, nonpartisan and respectful manner. We advocate for frameworks and actions that advance the health and resilience of the people and ecosystems of the Yampa Valley. We strive to be a hub for community members of all ages and backgrounds to learn about and engage with some of the most pressing sustainability and climate issues that our community faces.
Why it Matters:
The Yampa Valley is changing socially, economically and environmentally. The region is transitioning away from coal and the economic development pathways for the region are uncertain. Tourism remains a major source of regional revenue while sustainable tourism management and planning lags behind other mountain tourism destination norms. We are seeing the effects of climate change firsthand in the Yampa Valley through increasing temperatures, earlier spring melt, changing snowpack, increasing risk of wildfire and more. 73% of people in Routt County and 63% in Moffat County believe that global warming is happening, but over half do not know what they can do to address it. This underlines the need to increase public understanding of what we can do to address climate change. There is a need to increase connection between Routt and Moffat County so NW Colorado can create and scale services and economic development pathways that advance climate solutions and increase resilience, while increasing mutual understanding and respect among disparate geographies and ways of life in the Yampa Valley
Click the links below to learn more about the work YVSC is doing in each of these sectors.