Thursday, July 31, 2008

Green Frontier Fest

August 24th is The Green Frontier Fest, showcasing everything from major renewable energy technologies to everyday products and services, aims to create an engaging, educational, and empowering view of greener living. This event is a benefit for the City of Denver Greenprint program.

Date and Times

Sunday, August 24, 2008
10:00 AM to 6:00 PM


Sculpture Park at the Denver Performing Arts Complex
Intersection of Speer Boulevard and Champa Street
in Beautiful Downtown Denver, Colorado


Wednesday, July 30, 2008

"Green" fee for plastic bags?

Seattle became on Monday one of the first major American cities to discourage the use of paper and plastic shopping bags by requiring grocery, drug and convenience stores to charge 20 cents per bag. The City Council also banned plastic foam food and drink containers.

The laws go into effect on January 1st. Of course people avoid this fee by bringing in their own bags.

The filmy plastic grocery bags are hard to recycle and are messy. They blow around streets, snag in trees and float in waterways. Some reports say the plastic shreds are eaten by fish and other marine life, and kill them. Plastic bags are made with petroleum products, and usually are used just once, before being thrown away.

Did you know San Francisco has banned plastic bags from checkouts in supermarkets and LA is following in their footsteps?

What is your opinion on banning or charging for plastic bags? Have you cut down your use of them since cloth bags are so inexpensive and readily available?

You can find more info on the Seattle plastic bag fee here:
Seattle "green" fee news

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

9th Annual Rocky Mountain Sustainable Living Fair

The Sustainable Living Fair is a solution based, hands-on, family oriented event designed to educate people of all ages and backgrounds about Sustainable Living Practices, Renewable Energy, Environmental & Social Responsibility, Natural Health, Green Building, Alternative Vehicles, Organic Agriculture, Local Economies and more.

Musical entertainment, kid zones, a Zen sand garden and other unique events round out the weekend. Admission is $5 per day; free for kids 12 and under.

Fair hours are: Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m

Location: Rocky Mountain Raptor Center, 720 E. Vine Drive, Fort Collins

For more green-oriented events in and around the metro area, visit Greenprint Denver

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Recycling CFLs (compact fluorescent bulbs)

Did you know you can drop off your used CFLs (and mercury thermometers) at any Ace Hardware store in the state, and they will recycle them for you! CFLs contain a small amount of mercury and should be recycled properly (and not disposed of with the trash).

For more info and to find your nearest Ace Hardware, visit Xcel Energy's website