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Elizabeth Stewart-Severy

Environment Reporter

Aspen native Elizabeth Stewart-Severy is excited to be back at the Red Brick, where she attended kindergarten, to report on all things environmental. She has spent her entire life playing in the mountains and rivers around Aspen. She attended the University of Colorado with a Boettcher Scholarship and graduated as the top student from the School of Journalism in 2006. Her lifelong love of hockey lead to a stint working for the Colorado Avalanche, and she still plays in local leagues and coaches the Aspen Junior Hockey U-19 girls.

Elizabeth received a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado, and she returned home to teach journalism and English at her alma mater, Aspen High School, in 2009. As a teacher, she helped young people better understand their world and tell stories that matter. Under Elizabeth’s leadership, the AHS student newspaper, the Skier Scribbler, has expanded to win local, state and national awards and now also hosts a multimedia website.

Elizabeth is excited to combine her passions for understanding the natural environment and telling important stories; if you find her toppled off her mountain bike somewhere, please give her a hand.  

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Courtesy of Jesse Wey

Basalt is working on strengthening its requirements for sustainable building as part of efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Facebook/Verena Mallory Trail

An agreement has been reached to keep a popular trail open in the Hunter Creek Valley, resolving a years-long legal dispute.

Hosts Elizabeth Stewart-Severy and Zoe Rom bring you the week’s news from the Roaring Fork Valley.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

The City of Aspen has cut back on irrigation at most parks across town to meet a goal of reducing water consumption by 10 to 15 percent. But Wagner Park, in the city core, is managed pretty differently.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy/Aspen Public Radio News

The City of Aspen and Pitkin County have completed a plan for how to manage the upper Roaring Fork River; the goal is to keep more water flowing.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Colorado’s top recycling experts are gathering in Snowmass Village this week to discuss solutions for Colorado’s recycling challenges.

Wilderness Workshop

 A local conservation organization wants to be sure that everyone in the Roaring Fork Valley has a voice in public lands issues. Wilderness Workshop has announced a new outreach program called “Defiende Nuestra Tierra,” which translates to Defend Our Land. It’s goal is to mobilize the Latino community around public lands advocacy. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy spoke with Alicia  Zeringue, community organizer for Wilderness Workshop.

The kickoff party for Defiende Nuestra Tierra is this Saturday from one to three at Sayre Park in Glenwood Springs.

Clean Energy Economy for the Region (CLEER)

The upcoming election for the Holy Cross Energy board of directors has two contested seats.  

Phil Nyland / White River National Forest

Dr. George Beck is a professor of Weed Science at Colorado State University. At a public event Wednesday, he’ll discuss how to manage invasive weeds.

Brent Gardner-Smith/Aspen Journalism

The City of Aspen has agreed to move water rights for storage out of Castle and Maroon Creeks.

 

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

After nine deaths in the Elk Mountain backcountry last summer, Mountain Rescue Aspen wanted change. The organization has teamed up with the Pitkin County Sheriff’s office and the U.S. Forest Service on a new campaign aimed at helping prepare people for backcountry adventures.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Earlier this month, Aspen city council declared a "stage one" drought. This means the city is asking residents to voluntarily cut back on irrigation and water consumption and is requiring that city government do the same.

Courtesy of Bluegreen Aspen

On Tuesday, Pitkin County commissioners and Basalt town council members will hear an update on plans to upgrade the areas surrounding the whitewater park.

Courtesy of the Wilderness Workshop

Last week, the Wilderness Workshop announced that executive director Sloan Shoemaker was stepping down after 21 years with the conservation organization. Will Roush, who has been with Wilderness Workshop since 2009, will take over the position in September. They both spoke with Aspen Public Radio environment reporter Elizabeth Stewart-Severy about the organization and the transition.

Courtesy of CLEER

Ed Mazria founded the organization Architecture 2030, with the goal that all new buildings will be carbon-neutral by 2030. Last week, he spoke at a symposium in Carbondale that was hosted by local energy efficiency organizations.

Hosts Elizabeth Stewart-Severy and Wyatt Orme bring you highlights of the week in news in the Roaring Fork Valley. 

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy/Aspen Public Radio News

Before Independence Pass opens to vehicles next week, a local nonprofit is encouraging cyclists to enjoy the empty road, for a cause.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy/Aspen Public Radio News

Aspen Skiing Company wants to expand trails and snowmaking operations on Aspen Mountain. The proposal needs approval from the U.S. Forest Service, which is looking for public input.

Courtesy of The Mountain Pact

Earlier this month, Aspen city council member Ann Mullins traveled to Washington D.C. to advocate for public lands issues. She was there with the Mountain Pact, an advocacy group representing mountain communities.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

At a meeting this week, Garfield County Commissioners agreed to continue funding ongoing work to improve the health of Cattle Creek.

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