State honors county and city environmental efforts
Aspen and Pitkin County’s Renewable Energy Mitigation Program and other local efforts were singled out for recognition this week by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Stephen Kanipe, Aspen’s chief building inspector, received the award Tuesday in Denver. He was recognized for his role in developing and promoting the mitigation program, or REMP, as well as for supporting green building, renewable energy and energy efficiency efforts in Aspen and around Colorado.
The city and county have both adopted green building codes and have implemented REMP, which sets an energy budget for homes. Homebuilders that exceed the budget pay money into a fund that supports energy-conservation efforts.
Kanipe credited the City Council and Board of County Commissioners for supporting the initiatives.
“None of these programs could be put in place without the elected officials supporting them,” he said.
Kanipe accepted one of eight 2003 Pollution Prevention Champion Awards that were presented Tuesday. The award has been presented annually since 1997 by the department, along with the Colorado Environmental Partnership and the Pollution Prevention Advisory Board.
Champion Awards go to individuals, programs and teams within organizations that lead the way to improved environmental performance through a variety of activities.
The department also presented a number of 2003 Environmental Achievement Awards. Among the recipients were the Colorado Department of Transportation, Aeronautics Division, and the Glenwood Springs Municipal Airport.
Crews resurfaced the Glenwood airport’s runway in June using an innovative rubberized-asphalt material that incorporated more than 4,800 used Colorado tires.
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