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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.

Schendler To Serve On State Air Quality Commission

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Basalt Town Council member and Aspen Skiing Company vice president Auden Schendler has been appointed to a state commission on air quality.

 

The Air Quality Control Commission is tasked with preventing and controlling pollution in Colorado, including setting rules. Under direction from the governor, the commission is now developing vehicle emission standards that will exceed the national requirements.

Schedler was chosen to serve because of his scientific and technical experience. He said it’s important that states take a leadership role in acting on climate and pollution issues, and the commission’s work on vehicle emissions could push other states to do the same.

“If other states start adopting those standards, then it could spread throughout the country,” Schendler said.

Colorado’s air quality commission has led the nation in the past; in 2014, it passed the country’s first methane rule, which requires oil and gas companies to limit leaking of the potent greenhouse gas.

Schendler’s appointment begins in October.

 

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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