MAY 18, 2016 BY 

Written by Anne Mudgett and Cameron Hawkins, YVSC staff members.

YVSC offers lots of ways to get involved and make our community more sustainable. Our Zero Waste events start soon and are a great way to meet your neighbors and reduce the environmental impact of big events. YVSC’s Zero Hero volunteers are key to making more than 50 large community events waste-free, such as the Free Summer Concerts, the Farmers’ Market and more. Volunteers set up, staff and break down the Zero Waste stations, so that these popular events do not become an environmental burden. Diverting items from the landfill requires a crew of as many as 20 people for some events, with each volunteer typically donating three hours. Even though you are working, volunteers still enjoy the events and socializing.

If you love people and the planet and want to be part of this successful waste diversion effort, please join us for a fun volunteer training on June 9 from 12 – 1 p.m at the YVSC office. Come learn about why recycling is challenging in rural Northwest Colorado, what the difference is between industrial and residential composting, what is compostable, what is recyclable, why Zero Waste is good for the environment, and much more. Kids and adults welcome!

Volunteers Earn
  • Community service hours
  • An awesome Zero Hero T-shirt
  • Valuable knowledge you can use at home, work or school
  • And yes, good karma waste diversion points!
Build a Strong Team
If you are a business owner, events also provide fun volunteer opportunities for your employees. You can increase employee engagement and morale and build a stronger team while you work with YVSC to create a sustainable community.
Sign Up Today!
If you’ve volunteered for Zero Waste events in the past, we’d love for you to attend our upcoming training, but it’s not required.
We’ve made signing up for the training and volunteer shifts super easy this year. Go to to choose from over 25 fun 2016 events and conveniently sign up for shifts online–and get automatic reminders!

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Other Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

■ Steamboat Springs High School Maker Faire is this Saturday, May 21 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.. Volunteers are needed at the Zero Waste tent and at the upcycle arts-n-crafts table. For more information email,

■ Routt County Community Clean-up Day celebrates its 10th year for this half-day, outdoor service event set for May 21. Help clean up the community, while organizers make work rewarding with prizes and free lunch. Wear waterproof boots and bring a trash picker or grabber, if you can. For more information, email Heather Savalox at

■ The YVSC ReTree Steamboat program, in its seventh year, has a small planting set for Wednesday, or sign up your group to help at the large community planting day Oct. 8 at Chuck Lewis State Wildlife Area.

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YVSC has many other ways to get involved, from helping with a new plastic bag fee initiative to serving on the board of directors. To volunteer as a business, club, group or individual, visit

For more information on any of the above volunteer opportunities, email