Sunday, December 2, 2012

John Fielder presents his work with GOCO

The Rocky Mountain Chapter is hosting Colorado landscape photographer and nature writer, John Fielder.  This is a fundraiser to  help raise funds that are critical to reaching their environmental goals in Colorado.  John Fielder will present his fabulous multi-media program and is one of Colorado's most eloquent spokespersons for the environment. 

 John Fielder presents his work with GOCO. 
There also will be a book signing and silent auction.
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Unity Church of Denver, 3021 S. University Blvd., Denver, CO  80210 

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Poudre Canyon Group (PCG)

Executive Committee Elections

The PCG is governed by an entirely volunteer leadership group, its Executive Committee or "ExCom." There are seven positions on the ExCom and each year some number of these spots come up for election; this year, four spots are up for a vote. We are seeking new voices to join the local Club leadership.

ExCom members meet regularly--usually once per month--to set the Group's priorities for the coming year, manage the Group's budget, work on conservation issues and engage new volunteers. The ExCom also votes on political endorsements in local government elections and develops official position statements on local environmental issues.

If you're a member of the Poudre Canyon Group and you're interested in becoming a member of the ExCom, you should prepare a brief candidate statement (no more than 150 words) and send it via email to Gina Janett at by December 17, 2012 at 5pm. A ballot will be mailed to all PCG members by the end of the year.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Fort Collins City Council turns down moratorium on oil and gas drilling

June 5, 2012
Kevin Duggan

The Fort Collins City Council on Tuesday rejected a proposed moratorium on accepting land-use applications for oil and gas development in the city on a tie vote.
Some council members said they felt uncomfortable with the moratorium because it was not needed given the limited amount of oil and gas drilling that is likely to happen within city limits.
Others said a moratorium would give the city breathing space to develop regulations within the limits of state law that would protect the city’s interests as well as those of its residents.
But Mayor Karen Weitkunat noted the city has received no applications for oil drilling and is not likely to see the type of development pressure that is occurring elsewhere, such as in Weld County.
“I don’t think there is a threat,” she said.

Saturday, April 21, 2012


Hello PCG Sierra Club Horsetooth Half Marathon Volunteers and thank you for working with us on this important event. Please read this information and take a copy with you to your Zero Waste Station.

Some history: last year, PCG teamed up with Green Events and Gallegos Sanitation Inc. to render local foot races as close to Zero Waste as possible. For the most part, this consisted of staffing a number of Zero Waste stations and focusing on composting and recycling while limiting landfill-bound trash. The events were very successful in all regards: raising public recycling/composting consciousness, diverting hundreds of pounds of discarded material from the landfill, and raising a good sum of money for PCG while publicly demonstrating our commitment to a clean environment.

How it works: You will staff a Zero Waste station that will have three separate receptacles: one each for composting, recycling and landfill-bound waste. Your objective is to maximize on composting and recycling, hold other waste to a serious minimum.

·       Narrow-neck bottles and their caps.
·       Wide-mouth containers.
·       Paper – including newspaper, paper bags, cardboard, non-waxy paper or cardboard
·       Glass – all bottles and jars (If necessary, sling residue in the compost bin before depositing.) Avoid breakage
·       Metals – aluminum and tin cans, flattened and clean aluminum foil, metal bottle lids and caps
·       Cardboard – stomp the heck out of boxes

·       Almost anything that you’d decompose for your garden
·       Most race-related liquid containers – paper and coffee cups
·       Degradable garbage – food waste
·       Napkins, paper towels, paper plates, etc.
·       Liquids – DON’T empty partially-filled containers on ground – just drop them in the bin

Trash – this is the catchall for materials that don’t fit either of the above. We want to keep this well below 10% of our total collection.
·       Goo-packs – there will be lots of these half-slurped energy boosters. Just trash them
·       Plastic bags, Styrofoam, Saran Wrap
·       Waxy stuff –paper or cardboard
·       If in doubt – toss it out Yes, we want minimal trash, but it is necessary to keep the compost/recycle bins free of unacceptable material – e.g. a gunky aluminum container

Handy hints:
·       Involve the public in your effort – be willing to show folks which of the bins to use. Watch out for occasional miscreants who will slide up behind you and chuck something in the wrong bin.
·       Learn to move quickly – at times you will be required to handle a lot of incoming materials with little time to sort things out.
·       Wear gloves – we want to play in the trash, we don’t want to be in too-close contact with it.
·       Check your bins frequently – move items to other bins as needed
·       Enjoy yourself – this is actually a fun-filled activity – many laughs.

Did we say thank you? THANK YOU MANY TIMES OVER

Shane Davis, Chair
Poudre Canyon Group, Sierra Club
509 – 570 -4422

John Gascoyne
Zero Waste king

Thursday, April 19, 2012

ZERO WASTE - What is it and how to does it work?

Fort Collins
April 19, 2012

Horsetooth-Half Marathon items that will be encountered during the 'Zero Waste' program

RECYCLE: Plastic bottles, foil, plastic cups (make certain that you are not tossing ‘compostable cups in the recycle bin – ALL New Belgium event cups are compostable) other recyclable items are: aluminum, glass, clean paper, clean cardboard,

COMPOST: paper plates, napkins, food scraps, *New Belgium cups (beer and water) are compostable. Starbuck cups ARE compostable. Event forks and spoons that are made of corn are compost. If it was once ALIVE it is compost.

LANDFILL: When in real doubt, throw it out, but always get a second opinion on an item if you are unsure .  Gel packs, Gu packets, foil that cannot be easily cleaned, many coffee cups that have petroleum based liners, alien products that do not have a recycle emblem on them. 

Always wear gloves when sorting items. 


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