Dear Editor: This letter is in response to a recent article by Carolyn Sackariason, City government looking at ways to mandate less energy consumption (Feb. 13). No matter where you stand on the issue of Aspen city government mandating greener building and remodeling practices, one thing is for certain. We encourage developers and home remodelers to reuse and repurpose building supplies and home furnishings in this valley. Its far too convenient to just grind it up or take it to the dump, rather than finding a new use for unwanted building materials and home furnishings. And, it is actually easier than many people think. Habitat for Humanity of the Roaring Fork Valley offers another option with our salvaging efforts, sparing the landfill and finding new uses for materials. In the past year we have facilitated the moving of a house from Cemetery Lane in Aspen to Lazy Glen trailer park and the dismantling of a log retail store in New Castle and had rebuilding it in DeBeque. Both of these buildings were destined for the landfill until we got involved. In addition, in the past year, we ran major salvage on site sales at The Mt. Sopris B&B as well as the Boomerang Lodge, again sparing the landfill and giving many people a chance to use materials that were in fine condition. We have also been picking up extensive amounts of home materials throughout the valley and been selling them at our ReStore in Carbondale. The money raised goes into our building fund. Now, with the grand opening of our new much larger ReStore on Thursday, Feb. 21, Habitat will be able to help keep more items out of the landfill while furthering our goals of increasing affordable housing options in the valley. And, this also benefits the community by offering gently used furniture, appliances, building materials and home dcor at extremely reasonable prices. We urge contractors, interior designers and home remodelers to donate unwanted building materials, furniture, appliances and home furnishings to our ReStore. With the help of our friends at Olde Towne Moving & Storage, well even come pick the items up for free. Lets work together to foster a greener environment and support the valleys most needy families in finding a place to call home. Our new location is just off Highway 82, at mile marker 8, in between Glenwood and Carbondale in the Cattle Creek Crossing warehouses, behind the old go-cart track. And, we urge the public to come check out our rapidly changing inventory of great finds. We are open Thursdays from noon to 6 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please call 945-7733 or 963-8555 with any questions or donations. Thank you. Scott Gilbert president of the board Habitat for Humanity of the Roaring Fork Valley
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