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ASPEN ” The 2008 Fall Job Fair is scheduled for Nov. 14 at the Hotel Jerome ballroom in Aspen.

Sponsored by the Aspen Chamber Resort Association, the job fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Employers who participate will be able to meet a large group of employees quickly and efficiently, where they can be interviewed in one place. Employers might be able to hire their workforce in one day.

The cost is $150 for businesses that are ACRA members and $300 for non-members.

To reserve a table, call 920-7145, or e-mail to

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Alpine Bank has become a leader in environmental commitment.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, in cooperation with the Pollution Prevention Advisory Board and the Colorado Environmental Partnership, recently designated Alpine Bank as a “Gold Leader” for its environmental leadership. Alpine Bank, headquartered in Glenwood Springs, is the first financial institution in Colorado to be recognized with the award.

The Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) is a statewide environmental recognition and reward program administered by the Department of Public Health and Environment’s Sustainability Program. The ELP offers benefits and incentives to members that voluntarily go beyond compliance with state and federal regulations.

Three years ago, Alpine Bank formalized an employee grassroots effort called the Green Team. The Green Team’s first projects were aimed at recycling and eliminating paper waste. Those efforts quickly evolved into a comprehensive environmental management system.

ASPEN ” The city of Aspen ZGreen Program has added Alpine Bank and the Aspen Recreation Center as the newest certified “ZGreen” businesses in Aspen.

Both have made committed efforts toward greening their operations, and involving their employees and customers in their environmental stewardship practices.

The ZGreen program is a multi-pronged effort to reduce the environmental footprint of Aspen’s residents, businesses and visitors. ZGreen staff help businesses and events analyze their daily practices, and make changes that reduce their energy and water use, trash generation and overall impact on the environment.

“The ZGreen program is a great way for businesses, events and individuals to get new ideas on ways to reduce their impacts,” said Ashley Cantrell, environmental health specialist with the city. “The ZGreen certification acts as a transparent and trusted label that recognizes those local businesses and events that are actively engaged in sustainable practices.”

There are nine other official ZGreen businesses in Aspen: Aspen Alps Condominium Association, Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, Aspen Meadows Resort, Aspen Skiing Co., Bluegreen, Charles Cunniffe Architects, Colorado Mountain College, Community Banks of Colorado and the St. Regis Resort.

To find out more about ZGreen, or to become a ZGreen business or event, visit

ASPEN ” Lexi McNutt is the new executive director of Tomorrow’s Voices.

McNutt also is new to the nonprofit world and said she is excited about the opportunity to work with an organization that helps engage and educate the community’s youth about the world around them.

McNutt is an attorney and has lived in Aspen since 2001. Prior to moving to Aspen she practiced corporate law in New York City and Boulder.

Tomorrow’s Voices is a nonpartisan, educational organization dedicated to cultivating responsible citizenship and ethical leadership in the youth of the Roaring Fork Valley by fostering the skills and knowledge necessary to discover their own voice.

Tomorrow’s Voices provides dual credit high school classes to students in the Roaring Fork Valley; consults with schools in the Roaring Fork Valley to develop curriculum to address educational needs; and hosts it own public forum series.

Tomorrow’s Voices fall classes started in September with 55 students from Glenwood Springs to Aspen. This semester’s course, “Systems of American Democracy,” is an enrichment to the conventional social studies curriculum. Some of the topics that are covered in a lecture and small group discussion format include social issues such as euthanasia, efficacy of foreign aid, neo-conservatism, Arab-Israeli politics, and immigration.

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