Category Archives: Aspen

Energy Prize

Park City/Summit County, Aspen, and Jackson Hole are among the 52 communities in the United States competing for Georgetown University’s $5 million Energy Prize.
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Billionaires, big problems and big thinkers at renewables conference

Discussion of a carbon tax was one strong theme at this year’s American Renewable Energy Day conference in Aspen, and the need for institutional reform was another. But like most conferences, there was a lot of stone-skipping, too. Continue reading

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It’s Aspen but is it art?

Aspen’s new $45 million art museum debuted to the public on Aug. 9 with round-the-clock open doors.. It also opened with controversy. Continue reading

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Testimony at EPA hearings in Denver

Hundreds testified both for and against the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, but the most interesting came from those with their wagons hitched to fossil fuels. Continue reading

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Tools for imagining local climate changes

To make global climate change more local and personal, Dr. Brian Enquist and his partners are developing ways to allow viewers to see effects of warming temperatures on their local forests Continue reading

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The case for a tax on carbon emissions

We can’t wait for the last iota of evidence on climate change, and we need to accelerate action by adopting a revenue-neutral carbon tax. Ski towns should be at the forefront of this advocacy. Continue reading

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Notes from Colorado’s cannabis frontier

Vail remains on the sidelines, Aspen rejected a new tax, governor frets about THC dangers on young minds. These and other notes about cannabis from Colorado’s mountains towns. Continue reading

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Our obesity mess

Unhealthy food may be cheap, but it isn’t free. Former Aspen mayor Mick Ireland analyzes the obesity mess in the United States. Continue reading

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On the dark side of paradise

People who live in mountain towns tend to view their towns as exceptional places. In many ways they are. But great expectations can turn sour, even poisonous as the internal geography of the human soul just does not match up to the physical geography.
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Big water savings in Aspen

Aspen in 1974 was seeing the need for massive expansion of water storage and treatment to accommodate population growth. Instead, it set out on a different course, one of conservation and efficiency. Per-capital use has declined from 516 gallons to 164 gallons during the last two decades. Continue reading

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