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City is making a difference

Dear Editor:

A recent letter writer asked “Who can say they are doing anything?” when it comes to making a difference in the environment.

The city of Aspen can.

From reducing our carbon footprint by 21 percent in our own operations to providing a free transit service to more than a million residents and tourists a year, we’re taking real action. Aspen’s municipal utility is powered by 75 percent renewable sources, and we have goals to bring that number up to 100 percent in the next five years. We have a hybrid police fleet, a community car-share program, 1,300 acres of open space and 35 parks within and around the city (a community garden included), an effective recycling program and a variety of other cutting-edge policies that are reducing Aspen’s impact on the planet.

We’re also making it a top priority for finding simple and effective ways for citizens to do something. We’ve launched an environmental program called ZGreen that gives businesses and citizens measurable tools to become greener. Also, residents can apply for money-saving home energy audits, as well as rebates and incentives. With the new Energy Smart Loan Program, there will be a new financing tool to fund energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades on properties within Pitkin County.

Want to say you are doing something about the environment? Visit and click on “Go Green” to get started.

Sally Spaulding

community relations director

city of Aspen

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