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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.

Colorado tops other western states in conservation

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy
Aspen Public Radio

Colorado's conservation policies earned a top ranking among western states.


The Denver-based Center for Western Priorities ranked state policies in three categories. Colorado earned top marks for responsible energy development and outdoor recreation and was second-best to Montana in the public lands category.  

Colorado far outpaced other western states in the energy rankings. The Center cited the state’s methane waste laws as a model for others to follow. Colorado also requires transparent reporting of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing.

Gov. John Hickenlooper set goals this past summer for increasing renewable energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Colorado also scored well for its focus on outdoor recreation, a multi-billion dollar industry. But the state has room for growth in allowing access to public lands, especially along rivers and streams.  


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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