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Environmentally friendly chase

Dear Editor:A big thanks to all involved in making last weekend’s Owl Creek Chase a model for environmentally conscious events. Ruthie Brown, of Rocky Mountain Nordic, was particularly instrumental in spearheading the effort to minimize this event’s impact.Included in these efforts were: offsetting all the emissions through the purchase of wind credits (including the participants’ travel to Aspen), supplying biodegradable cups, bowls, and spoons that were collected separately and sent to the compost facility at the Pitkin County Landfill, an informational booth to provide participants and supporters with information on global warming and other environmental topics, providing vanpools between the start and finish lines, and providing corn-based reusable mugs (for the soup and/or beverages).Thanks also to the Ute Mountaineer for their support and to the city special events department for helping to coordinate all efforts.Sarah Laverty and Lacey Gaechter City of Aspen Environmental Health department

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