Earth Day briefs |

Earth Day briefs

On behalf of Earth Day, the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority wants you to know that if you take the bus instead of a 20-mile round trip car drive, you can reduce your carbon footprint for that day by 30 percent.

The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) is creating a bus rapid transit program with an integrated bus system that increases the efficiency of travel with greater bus connectivity and bus-only lanes to offer quick transportation times and greatly reduce air pollution and road congestion.

RFTA’s thirteen hybrid buses and maintenance vehicles use some sort of biofuel.

With public support, RFTA manages the greatest portion of the Rio Grand Trail, used by walkers, runners and bike riders from Aspen to Glenwood Springs.

RFTA’s offices use recycled paper in copy machines, and have an extensive recycling system.

To help riders use human power for parts of their journeys, RFTA was one of the first transit agencies in the U.S. to have bikes on buses.

Carbondale students along with Building For Health Materials Center-Carbondale will celebrate on Earth Day through creative expressions on display at the Carbondale Recreation Center. Local students have spent the last few months working on eco-friendly projects which will be on display from April 22-May 22.

Join local students along with Building For Health Materials Center-Carbondale and celebrate Earth Day, at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday April 22 for the exhibit opening. Live music, artwork, recycled fashion and refreshments. Come support our local students and enjoy the entertainment.

Habitat for Humanity of the Roaring Fork Valley will be hosting the second annual Earth Day and Arbor Day celebration from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 25, with Bighorn Toyota, Sunsense Solar Electric, Bedding Down and Green Spot on site to discuss green alternatives. The Forest Service and local nurseries will also donate plants, trees and seeds in conjunction with Arbor Day.

The ReStore is located in the Cattle Creek Center, north of Carbondale. Turn off Highway 82 at Cattle Creek, and take an immediate right onto the frontage road. Follow the signs to the warehouses behind Little Bear Antiques. ReStore hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please call 963-8555 or visit for more information.

The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) invites you and your family to celebrate Earth Day from 4:30- 6 p.m. April 22, at Hallam Lake. Plant willows, catch aquatic insects, tour the preserve, and learn about what you can do to help the earth. Visitors that walk, bike, or bus to the event may enter their name into a raffle to win prizes.

For more information, call ACES at 925-5756.

Help Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage celebrate going completely bagless. Come into the store Earth Day Wednesday April 22, and receive a free “Green Grass” bag with any purchase (one per customer) all day, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Seventeen students in Raven Cromwell’s Basalt Elementary fourth-grade class wrote Earth Day themed essays. Go to the Current Features at to read what these youngsters wrote about Earth Day.

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