Get Ready for Summer and Take Advantage of Some Great Local Initiatives!

Spring has already tried to make its way through the snow a couple times here in Summit County, as is tradition, and summer is nearly upon us. This is the time of year we tend to start switching out our beloved snow gear for hikes and bikes. There is an added element to this year, however, as we are finally beginning to see some light at the end of the COVID tunnel. That means it is an excellent time to poke our heads out and see what’s going on in our local communities. Here are a number of awesome local initiatives on the sustainability front that are worth a look as you plan out your summer!

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Community Markets

The Breckenridge and Dillon community markets are returning in June for the 2021 season! These are fun open-air events each week through the summer to pick up fresh, locally grown veggies and explore other local vendors.

  • The Breckenridge Sunday Market will be hosted at Main Street Station at the Village in Breckenridge every Sunday 10am – 3pm beginning June 13th.
  • The Dillon Farmers Market occurs each Friday through the summer months from 9am – 2pm in downtown Dillon. No opening date posted yet, but keep an eye out.

Both have social media accounts you can find and follow online as well for more details and announcements!

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Solarize Summit: Power Your Home by the Sun

HC3 and Active Energies Solar is making it easy for you to go solar this summer. Sign up today for a free site visit to help you decide whether rooftop panels could work for your home.

Those who choose to go solar may qualify for a $1,500 rebate, not to mention a 26 percent federal tax credit. Your neighbors are signing up and rebates are limited. What are you waiting for?

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Natural Gas Pilot Program

Residential and Commercial Natural Gas Savings:

We’re rallying the community together to conserve natural gas so Xcel Energy doesn’t have to build new pipelines.

  • Residents: Learn how you can save gas, be more comfortable at home, and save money on your energy bill by visiting org/LoveSummit.
  • Businesses: You can do your part by improving the efficiency of your business while decreasing your heating bills. Find out how by signing up for High Country Conservation Center’s FREE sustainable business program, Resource Wise. Email Dominique Giroux for more information.

Outside of these more general ways to save, we would like to share a VERY exciting opportunity that you won’t want to miss!

HC3 and Northwest Colorado Council of Governments have funding to provide income-qualifying Summit County residents with up to $15,000 of FREE home heating upgrades. You must have all-electric or propane heat to participate. To learn more, please email Jess Hoover with High Country Conservation Center at jess@highcountryconservation.org.

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Mountain IDEAL Certification for Breckenridge

In an exciting new press release, the Town of Breckenridge announced their certification as a sustainable mountain resort destination using the Mountain IDEAL standard. Breckenridge was certified by Green Destinations and is only the third destination in the United States to become certified through a program that is accredited by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council.

BGV supported throughout the certification process as a part of the Stewardship Council, providing details on our own sustainability efforts and practices. Leaders in town government, HC3, and other participating organizations deserve high praise for sustainability initiatives up to this point and the rigorous process of pursuing this certification. This truly is a huge win for our community at large as well as a foundation to continue to build on.