As we witness one of the driest autumns in the last 45+ years, the impact of climate change on our Valley, and the planet as a whole, is hard to miss. Like us, you believe that we all have a part to play in fighting climate change. At Sustainable Crested Butte, we see our role as building a waste-free future in the Gunnison Valley. Your support has allowed us to lay a strong foundation for that vision over the last year.
Will you make a gift to help us to continue building the infrastructure for a more sustainable future?
In 2021, our programs have directly impacted over 20,000 individuals and dozens of local businesses. As a volunteer- and donation-driven organization, we could not have done any of this without you and your sustained support. Thank you so much for being a part of the Sustainable CB family!
We have continued to expand our Waste-Free Events program. In 2021 alone, we diverted over 19,000 single-use waste items from the landfill. Since the creation of the Waste-Free Events program in 2016, we have diverted over 90,000 single-use plates, bowls, cups, utensils, and napkins from the landfill.
In 2021, we held our first-ever Recycle Train drop-off event in July and continue to hold events once per month to collect hard-to-recycle materials. In just a few months of operation, the Recycle Train Program has already collected over 1,500 cubic feet of plastic film and over 10,000 pounds of other hard-to-recycle materials.
We are also proud to report that we successfully leveraged your past support to receive grants totaling over $37,000 from the State of Colorado’s Recycling Resources Economic Opportunity Program, the Community Foundation of the Gunnison Valley, and the Town of Crested Butte in 2021. These grants are integral to expanding our sustainability infrastructure in the Gunnison Valley. Support from funders like these show our vision is relevant to both the Gunnison community and the state as a whole.
Moving forward in 2022, we hope to establish a permanent collection facility for hard-to-recycle materials. The Recycle Train began with a Sustainable CB board member collecting and storing hard-to-recycle plastic in her station wagon. The program then modestly expanded, and we began collecting plastic from local businesses and storing it in another board member’s storage shed. Currently, we collect plastic and other hard-to-recycle materials in a trailer before delivering it to our partner, EcoCycle in Boulder. A permanent facility would allow community members to drop off materials during the week. In order to establish this permanent facility, we have set a 2022 fundraising goal of $25,000. This funding will cover the rent and other expenses for our new facility and allow us to make our service more convenient for the entire Gunnison Valley.
Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help us achieve this goal! Your financial contribution is crucial in maintaining our programs and in fulfilling our shared goal of a more sustainable future for us and generations to come. Any amount you can give will make a difference. Your continued participation as a volunteer or sponsor is critical in preserving Sustainable CB’s diverse initiatives.
The Sustainable CB Team
P.S. Remember that your gift, whether $5.00 or $150.00, will help sustain and expand Sustainable CB’s programming and services throughout the Gunnison Valley helping us pursue our mission of building a waste-free future in the Gunnison Valley.