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Town Trustees Ron Norris and Wendy Koenig join members of the Bear Education Task Force and League of Women Voters in dedicating a bear-resistant trash and recycling bin in Bond Park.  The new bin was donated by the League of Women Voters of Estes Park in the summer of 2014.  (Town of Estes Park photo)

Town Trustees Ron Norris and Wendy Koenig join members of the Bear Education Task Force and League of Women Voters in dedicating a bear-resistant trash and recycling bin in Bond Park.  The new bin was donated by the League of Women Voters of Estes Park in the summer of 2014.  (Town of Estes Park photo)

Green Awards

The Community Recycling Committee and the League of Women Voters of Estes Park take great pride in recognizing Estes Valley people and organizations that demonstrate leadership, commitment, and innovation in sustainability and applying the principles of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.  Following are some green heroes honored recently.

2014

Jean Weaver, "Estes Valley Recycling Queen" and previously the recipient of the 2009 Larimer County Environmental Stewardship Award.

Thanks to the efforts of Jean Weaver, Estes Park can boast to being the second longest continually recycling community in the state of Colorado, behind only Boulder.  The Community Recycling Committee documented Jean's lifetime of work by compiling her history into a book that's available at the Estes Valley Library, Estes Park Museum, and online by clicking the photo above.  (CRC photo)

Thanks to the efforts of Jean Weaver, Estes Park can boast to being the second longest continually recycling community in the state of Colorado, behind only Boulder.  The Community Recycling Committee documented Jean's lifetime of work by compiling her history into a book that's available at the Estes Valley Library, Estes Park Museum, and online by clicking the photo above.  (CRC photo)

2013

Poppy’s Pizza + Grill

Kent Smith of the League of the Community Recycling Committee presents green award certificates to Rob and Julie Pieper, owners of Poppy’s Pizza & Grill and Mama Rose’s, for adopting bio-degradable take-out packaging and other significant sustainable operating practices. For Rob and Julie, incorporating sustainability in their business model is a "no brainer." "We live at the 'top of the creek,'" said Julie in explaining their commitment to recycling and sustainability. While bio-degradable cups and take-out boxes cost more than Styrofoam products, they are far friendlier to the environment.  Styrofoam is not economically or practically recyclable, and once discarded, whether into a landfill or as litter, essentially lasts forever.  Bio-degradable clamshells can begin to break down in as little as six weeks and some cold beverage cups break down almost immediately, especially when exposed to heat. Rob doesn't believe customers choose his restaurants because of recycling or earth-friendly products, but says people get excited when they see the take-out containers.  "These products become conversation starters," he said. One such conversation was with an out-of-state restaurant operator who asked Rob how much more money the bio-degradable containers cost. “When I told him, he said, ‘Oh, it’s not worth it.’  I took him outside to the river walk, and said ‘This is why it’s worth it.”  Rob said that as more restaurants switch to the bio-degradable products, the cost has been decreasing.  (CRC photo)

Kent Smith of the League of the Community Recycling Committee presents green award certificates to Rob and Julie Pieper, owners of Poppy’s Pizza & Grill and Mama Rose’s, for adopting bio-degradable take-out packaging and other significant sustainable operating practices.

For Rob and Julie, incorporating sustainability in their business model is a "no brainer."

"We live at the 'top of the creek,'" said Julie in explaining their commitment to recycling and sustainability.

While bio-degradable cups and take-out boxes cost more than Styrofoam products, they are far friendlier to the environment.  Styrofoam is not economically or practically recyclable, and once discarded, whether into a landfill or as litter, essentially lasts forever.  Bio-degradable clamshells can begin to break down in as little as six weeks and some cold beverage cups break down almost immediately, especially when exposed to heat.

Rob doesn't believe customers choose his restaurants because of recycling or earth-friendly products, but says people get excited when they see the take-out containers.  "These products become conversation starters," he said.

One such conversation was with an out-of-state restaurant operator who asked Rob how much more money the bio-degradable containers cost.

“When I told him, he said, ‘Oh, it’s not worth it.’  I took him outside to the river walk, and said ‘This is why it’s worth it.”  Rob said that as more restaurants switch to the bio-degradable products, the cost has been decreasing.  (CRC photo)

Mama Rose’s Italian Restaurant

Ed’s Cantina + Grill

Estes Park Middle School

2012

YMCA

Estes Valley Library District

The Estes Valley Library was honored for its culture of recycling which is reflected in all operations. Kathleen Case shows how the library properly disposes of batteries.  (CRC photo)

The Estes Valley Library was honored for its culture of recycling which is reflected in all operations. Kathleen Case shows how the library properly disposes of batteries.  (CRC photo)

2009

Glacier Creek Construction/S+E Enterprises

Rocky Mountain National Park

Community Thrift Store

Valerie Bowles, Park School District art teacher

Mary Nelson, Park School District art teacher

Randy Maharry, Recycling volunteer

Jean Weaver, Recycling volunteer


Jim Martinsen Award from the League of Women Voters of Estes Park

2016 -- Judi Smith

2015 -- Irene Little

2014 – Irene Little

2013 – Jim Cope

2012 – Anne Morris

2011 – Corinne Dyer


2009 Green Kitchens -- providing earth-friendly alternatives to Styrofoam take-out containers

Dunraven Inn

Ed’s Cantina + Grill

Longz Grill

Mama Rose’s Italian Restaurant

Mary’s Lake Lodge

Rock Inn

Poppy’s Pizza + Grill

Stanley Hotel and Conference Center

Silverado

The Other Side

Green Street Recognition  -- for helping reduce number of one-time use bags

Safeway

A la Carte Kitchen + Gourmet

Estes Valley Public Library

Rocky Mountain Nature Association

Lizzie’s Boutique + Elizabeth Guild

Local Roots Co-op

Rocky Mountain Pharmacy

Sphere of Influence + Fair Trade

Earthwood Artisans / Earthwood Collections

Ace Hardware

True Value Hardware

Safeway

Brownfield’s

The Stanley Hotel

The Estes Park News

Convention + Visitors Bureau

Estes Park Community Thrift Store

Elizabeth Guild

Corinne Dyer

A+  GREEN ROOMS  -- provide in-room recycling containers

Aspen Winds

Carriage House Cabins

Colorado Condos at Bobcat Ridge

Coyote Mountain Lodge

The Crags Lodge

Dripping Springs Resort

Kenos Llamas Ranch

MacGregor Mountain Lodge

Ponderosa Lodge

Riverwood on Fall River

Rocky Mountain Park Inn

Silver Moon Inn

Wild Wood Inn

OTHER GREEN ROOM LODGING

Anniversary Inn

Bristlecone Inn

Haber Motel

Nicky’s Resort

River Spruce Cabins

Swiftcurrent Lodge

Trout Haven Resorts

 Trout Haven – Tiny Town – Beaver Brook

Guest Recycling on the Premises (phone interview only)

Active at Altitude

Amberwood

Aspen Lodge Resort and Spa

Baldpate Inn

Bear Paw Suites

Blackhawk Lodges

Boulder Brook on Fall River

Castle Mountain Lodge

Comfort Inn

Deer Crest Resort

Della Terra Mountain Chateau

Discovery Lodge

Floann Cottages (Drake)

Four Seasons Inn

Gilded Pine Meadows

Glacier Lodge

Idewilde by the River

Inn on Fall River

Kokopelli Inn B+B

Lane Guest Ranch

Maxwell Inn

Misty Mountain Lodge

Mountain Shadows

Murphys River Lodge + Murphys Resort

Paradise on the River

Peak to Peak Lodge

Quilt House B+B

River Stone Resorts

Riverview Pines Resort

Saddle and Surrey Motel

Silver Saddle Motor Lodge

Solitude Cabins

Spruce Lake RV Park

Stanley Hotel

Streamside on Fall River

Sunshine Mountain Lodge (Lyons)

Wild Basin Lodge (Allenspark)

Wind River Ranch

YMCA of the Rockies – Estes Park Center

The YMCA of the Rockies is one of the largest YMCA physical plants in the world, and runs a comprehensive recycling program that includes animal resistant roll-offs and trash and recycling bins.  (CRC photo)

The YMCA of the Rockies is one of the largest YMCA physical plants in the world, and runs a comprehensive recycling program that includes animal resistant roll-offs and trash and recycling bins.  (CRC photo)