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What is Sustainability
Brochures
Recycling
CAST Reusable Bag Challenge
Sustainability Books
Sustainability Links

Sustainability Defined

United Nations: "Sustainable development meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

Simple: A system is sustainable when its operation does not break it down over time. In other words, resources that are consumed are replenished.

Example: The water cycle is a sustainable system because water that evaporates from the oceans and lakes eventually makes it back down in rain and snow.

Counter-example: Less than 1% of the world's water is available for human use. Using this small amount of water to drink, irrigate, clean, etc.. and not replenishing its supply will deplete this resource making none available for human use. Since we can't drink salt water, the system would break down and not be sustained.

Triple Bottom Line: In business, one approach to sustainability is focusing on the impact of decisions on the environment and the community in addition to profit (traditional single bottom line). The diagram below illustrates this idea.

Sustainability Diagram 


Brochures


The following can be viewed online or printed out in either English or Spanish. Please share this information with your neighbors and friends.
 English                                                   Español    
 Recycling / Precycling      Reciclaje / Preciclaje
 Water Conservation  La conservación de agua
 Energy Conservation  La conservación de energia


 

Recycling


Recycle GuysThe 2007 Eagle resident survey showed that 45% of the respondents wanted a curbside recycling program even if it meant an increase in the trash bill. The Town responded, and since April 1, 2009 Eagle residents have been recycling their paper and commingled materials right at the curb. Two green recycling bins were delivered by Vail Honeywagon, which took over the trash collection and will be providing the recycling services, to all single-family residences and smaller town home units. A calendar of service dates and holidays was delivered along with the bins and is available on the Honeywagon website.

 

Since April 2009 the curbside recycling program has reduced the amount of trash taken to the landfill by more than 13%.

Recycling is picked up every other week on the same day as your trash. Cardboard will not be picked up at the curbside and needs to be taken to the drop-off facility located at the Public Works Facility at 1050 Chambers Avenue. The Town Public Works Shop will continue to accept used motor oil. Yard waste can be brought to the Waste Water Treatment plant on Violet Lane just west of the Sylvan Lake Road roundabout.

 

The Town of Eagle Public Works Department does its share by recycling asphalt and concrete during reconstruction projects.

Please visit our recycling page for more resources, education, and fun with recycling.




CAST Reusable Bag Challenge


posterThe Town of Eagle, along with 30 other towns across the West, participated in a 6-month competition for reducing plastic shopping bag use. Eagle ended up 12th out of 31 towns with 56,842 reusable bags. This translates to the elimination of over 142,000 plastic bags!! The overall total of plastic bags eliminated for the whole competition was an incredible 5.3 million.

 

To help the effort, the Town of Eagle purchased and gave away 2,000 reusable bags with the slogan "Healthy Environment, Strong Community, Support Local Businesses." Many businesses in Eagle sell their own reusable bags.

 

Learn about the environmental impacts of plastic bags.

 

"Plastic Bags are Killing us" Salon.com.





The following local businesses either participated in or supported the competition. 

Alpine Ambiance Fusion! Mountain Pedaler
Broadway Liquors Green Closet Nearly Everything Store & Eagle Pharmacy
City Market Inkahoots Thrifty Shoppe
Eagle Liquor Mart Kidtopia
Everyday Outfitters Mommy and Me Boutique



Sustainability Books

Green Guide: The Complete Reference for Consuming Wisely published by the National Geographic Society
Natural Capitalism by Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins, and L. Hunter Lovins

The Natural Step for Communities by Sarah James and Torbjorn Lahti
The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan

Plan B 4.0 by Lester Brown



Useful Sustainability Links