The Basalt Green Team
About the Green Team
The purpose of the Basalt Green Team is to advocate for a more resilient and sustainable Basalt. The Green Team sponsors projects throughout Basalt that promote waste reduction, improve energy efficiency, decrease greenhouse gas emissions, and promote sustainability.
The Green Team was originally formed in 2007 after a group of citizens attended the Sonoran Institute's 2007 Community Energy Futures Institute Workshop in Grand Junction. The Team has accomplished many goals throughout the years, some of which include:
- Winning the Colorado Ski Town Bag Challenge - the prize enabled the installation of photovoltaic panels at the Basalt Middle School;
- Obtaining grants which enabled the installation of hot water collectors and photovoltaic panels at the Arbaney pool;
- Installation of the micro-hydro facility adjacent to the Town's water treatment facility;
- Creation of the Green Events Checklist which was adopted by the Town Council;
- Participation in the Waste Free Roaring Fork, which led to the successful bag reduction ordinances in Carbondale and Aspen. This was initially adopted by Town Council, but later overturned in a referendum;
- The yearly leaf drop/composting program - a free service that diverts yard waste from the landfill;
- Supporting the ordinance to limit idling within the Town of Basalt to two minutes; and
- Supporting amendments to the Town's Lighting Code.
Currently the Green Team is analyzing the Town's municipal buildings and facilities for energy efficiency. A blower test was conducted in early December at Basalt Town Hall and Art Base buildings which led to findings of significant energy leakages. The Green Team is funding the work to improve the structures' energy loss.
Climate Action Plan
The Town Council formally adopted the Climate Action Plan for the Eagle County Community with the Basalt Addendum in February 2017 via Resolution No. 6, Series of 2017. The purpose of the Climate Action Plan for the Eagle County Community is to aggressively reduce greenhouse gas emissions with reduction targets of 25% by 2025, and 80% by 2050. Since its completion, the Climate Action Plan for the Eagle County Community has been adopted by the towns of Avon, Basalt, Eagle, Minturn, and Vail, and by the Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District. The final document can be viewed here:
The Basalt Addendum furthers the goals of the Plan through six strategies, as recommended by the Green Team, including:
- Adopting a goal of 100% clean energy by 2030
- Engaging in regional, state and national advocacy
- Enforcement and development of policy and code
- Municipal energy efficiency
- Community outreach, engagement and education
- Annual progress reports and assessment
The Town of Basalt recently adopted changes to its Sustainable Building Regulations. More information can be found under the Building Department webpage, including free training opportunities for builders that require continuing education credits.
The Town of Basalt is proud to stand with other local communities as leaders in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and other climate change reduction measures. With the recommendation of the Green Team, the Basalt Town Council recently approved the Town's membership into two state-wide organizations with green initiatives.
- The Compact of Colorado Communities was founded by Mayor Steve Skadron of the City of Aspen with the intent of bringing together local governments to address climate change through constructive and practical actions. The Compact focuses on 1) Capacity building, 2) Knowledge exchange, 3) Implementation support, and 4) Accountability for announced projects and goals. There are currently 25 total members, which include 19 cities/towns and 6 counties across Colorado. More information on the Compact can be found at Compact of Colorado Communities website.
- Colorado Communities for Climate Action (CC4CA) is a coalition of local governments that advocates for state and federal policies to protect Colorado's climate for current and future generations. CC4CA has retained Frontline Public Affairs to represent the group's interests before the General Assembly and other state and federal offices. There are currently 15 total members, which include 10 cities/town and 5 counties across Colorado. More information on CC4CA can be found at http://cc4ca.
Green Team members are appointed by Town Council. The Team traditionally has approximately seven members, although there is no officially designated number of seats. The Green Team meets the second Monday of every month from 4 - 5:30 p.m. If you are interested in membership with this committee, please contact the Planning Department for more information.
The Basalt Green Team works towards its goals with the help of area partners, including the following:
- Communities Offices for Resource Efficiency, commonly known as CORE, is a non-profit based out of the Aspen and Carbondale, whose mission is to work cooperatively with businesses, individuals, utilities and government entities to create measurable improvements in energy and water efficiency. CORE provides the Green Team with significant administrative and technical support. More information on CORE may be found at the Aspen CORE website.
- Evergreen Zero Waste is a small company with big impact in resource recovery and upstream waste diversion in the Roaring Fork Valley. Services include compost and recycling for individual households, businesses, and events, as well as education and outreach. Evergreen Zero Waste has worked with the Town of Basalt on a variety of projects, most recently with the Residential Leaf Drop which enabled Basalt residents to compost leaves, tree branches, and other yard waste at no cost. More information on Evergreen Zero Waste can be found at Evergreen Zero Waste website.