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Aspen honored for transportation achievements

A project designed to show how environmentally friendly building practices also can be simple and affordable earned a University of Colorado professor and a former student an Environmental Achievement Award recently from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

More than 30 Colorado individuals, businesses and organizations, including the city of Aspen, were recognized Sept. 24 at an annual awards ceremony at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

“It’s important that we recognize the significant achievements of individuals and businesses in Colorado who have taken their commitment to the environment to the next level,” said Douglas Benevento, executive director of the public health and environment department. “True change occurs when we go above and beyond compliance to improve air and water quality, and reduce energy use and waste streams.”

The Farmhouse Project resulted from a collaboration between architect and University of Colorado associate professor Julee Herdt and Steve Gates, a former student. They shared a vision that designing and building a “green” home ultimately could be beneficial to the environment, and simple and affordable at the same time.

The city of Aspen’s Transportation Options Program was also awarded. The program is an initiative by the city and 30 of its largest employers to promote alternative modes of transportation in an effort to curb traffic congestion and resulting pollution.

Aspen has kept its traffic at 1993 levels for more than a decade and is in full compliance with federal health-based standards for particulate matter. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently recognized Aspen as one of the nation’s first Best Workplaces for Commuters because of the success of the Transportation Options Program.

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