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The environment desk at Aspen Public Radio covers issues in the Roaring Fork Valley and throughout the state of Colorado including water use and quality, impact of recreation, population growth and oil and gas development. APR’s Environment Reporter is Elizabeth Stewart-Severy.

Aspen launches statewide network to fight climate change

Representatives from 27 Colorado communities took a pledge last week in Aspen to act aggressively on climate change.

Aspen Mayor Steve Skadron and city climate action manager Ashley Perl launched the Compact of Colorado Communities during an event last week.

Elected officials from 22 cities and five counties in Colorado agreed to present the charter for the new organization to local governing bodies. The Compact would then be a network for training leaders to address climate issues, share information and prioritize action.

Locally, Snowmass Village, Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs, as well as Pitkin and Eagle counties are on board. Garfield County did not attend.


Aspen native Elizabeth Stewart-Severy is excited to be making a return to both the Red Brick, where she attended kindergarten, and the field of journalism. She has spent her entire life playing in the mountains and rivers around Aspen, and is thrilled to be reporting about all things environmental in this special place. 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.
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