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Not least, the city is launching a carbon-offsets program that city leaders say is unique in the United States. The program, called Canary Tag, gives both residents and visitors a chance to buy offsets for the greenhouse gas emissions for which they are responsible.
The money from each tag sold is to go toward renewable energy projects, energy efficiency, and things such as tree-planting that absorb greenhouse gases. Each project must be verified to ensure it meets a carbon-saving goal.
Even within Aspen, the program was met with skepticism. Responding to one such doubt, Auden Schendler, who directs environmental and other affairs for The Aspen Skiing Co., declared that the Canary Tags will, in fact, do such things as install solar hot water heaters in local homes — in fact reducing carbon emissions.
Too much growth?
ASPEN, Colo. – Does this complaint sound familiar?
“Our streets are congested with vehicles. The smell of diesel exhaust permeates the air. At times, air pollution endangers health. The wail of sirens disrupts reflective thought. The constant noise of traffic reverberates through the entire town. Main Street is a continuous flow of heavy trucks and cars crawling through traffic lights that back up vehicles in a pall of exhaust fumes.”
In fact, that’s a description of Aspen by Jim Markalunas, who has a broad range of reference. He’s lived most of his 80-plus years in Aspen.
The problem, as he and many other people see it, is that the previous city council, responding to the post-9/11 slowdown, authorized too much redevelopment. City elections this year pivoted largely on that very issue, with the slow- and no-growth side winning.
The council now has another proposed development, a condo hotel called Lodge at Aspen Mountain, that has been rejected once, but which is now coming back with a down-sized proposal.
Mike Marolt, from the famous Aspen skiing family, doesn’t much care for even the down-scaled plan. “Our success thus far has revolved around small-town charm, great skiing conditions with no overcrowding, the balance of what makes us the best,” he writes in The Aspen Times. “For the first time in my life growing up and now working in Aspen, I believe we are on the verge of destroying that balance”
CB seeks new brand
CRESTED BUTTE, Colo. – Every ski resort has a “brand,” and sometimes two or three of them. But what is it at Crested Butte?
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