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Celebrate Earth Day and do your part for the planet

Sabrina HarrisPost IndependentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
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In honor of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, President Obama challenges all Americans to do your part by taking action in your home, in your community, at your school or your business to improve our environment. It can be as simple as walking or riding the bus to work, making your home more energy efficient, or organizing your neighbors to clean up a nearby park. Just go to http://www.whitehouse.gov/earthday to learn how you can help and then tell your story on what you’re doing to make a difference.Tomorrow, Earth Day will be celebrated by more than 1 billion people in 190 countries across the globe. Do your part by helping to protect our planet’s air, water and other natural resources for future generations by making just a few small changes in your day to day life.Use alternative transportation to get to work. Try riding the bus. According to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), one person switching to public transit can reduce daily carbon emissions by 20 pounds, or more than 4,800 pounds in a year. Individuals who ride public transportation can save on average $9,293 annually based on the April 5 national average gas price and the national unreserved monthly parking rate. On a per month basis, transit riders can save on average $774 per month. Over the past month the cost per gallon of gas has increased 13 cents. The point of Earth Day is to get people to think about how the way they live affects our planet. As citizens of the world it is important for us to be respectful of our home at large, the Earth, and also of our local community. This year RFTA and the cities of Aspen and Glenwood Springs have teamed up to reward you for making a difference in our community and our planet. Together we have around 100 fun giveaways to hand out that you can win through our ads, following RFTA on Twitter, being friends with RFTA on facebook or by checking RFTA’s website, newspaper ads, or in “earth eggs” strategically placed on buses and at transit stops. Ride the bus and win a prize. Our first website winner for Earth Week is Christine from Silt. Congratulations, Christine! Everyone else, keep checking for your chance to win. Each of us can do our part to celebrate the earth by making small lifestyle changes to benefit the environment. It doesn’t need to be a big change, and it doesn’t even have to be inconvenient. It can be as simple as walking to work, biking to the store or riding the bus for a meeting across town. Every small change, multiplied by the millions of people living on our planet, has the potential to make a huge difference. Help make our community greener and healthier this Earth Day. It’s people like you that can make a difference in our community and our planet while you save money, get fit and enjoy life more. Using alternative transportation is an important step to a happier and healthier you and the environment. Instead of commuting with your car, try riding the bus, riding your bike or walking. Once or twice a week can make a difference in you and the environment. Together we can work together to make a cleaner environment and a healthier planet. For information about alternative transportation, bus schedules, where to find local trail maps or other transportation options, call 384-6437 or e-mail try@ci.glenwood-springs.co.us.

The city of Glenwood Springs Spring Cleanup continues until Friday, April 23. Crews will make only one trip through your neighborhood, so it’s important that all items be ready by the start date for your area. For additional information, visit the city of Glenwood Springs website at http://www.glenwood-springs.co.us and click on 2010 Spring Cleanup Guidelines and Map. Also, be cautious while driving around – piles of debris may have fallen into the streets.Donegan Road will be closed to through traffic between Vista Drive and Sunny Acres Road. The closure will be in effect until June 7. Residents living west of Sunny Acres Road will still have one way access from the east only. The closure is to facilitate the installation of a storm drain system, retaining walls, and to complete the sidewalks and paving. The city of Glenwood Springs and Martinez Western would like to think you for your patience while this work takes place.I-70 detour next Wednesday night: Next Wednesday evening, April 28, from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. Thursday, April 29, traffic on I-70 between Exit 114 and Exit 116 will be detoured along Highway 6 in Glenwood Springs, so crews can pour a concrete deck on the new Devereux Road pedestrian bridge. For more information, call 379-7134. Gould Construction, CDOT, and the city of Glenwood Springs thanks the traveling public for their patience while they complete this ARRA-funded project that provides a vital pedestrian link to Two Rivers Park.Sabrina Harris is transportation manager for the city of Glenwood Springs.


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