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Compared to many places, Telluride already has done big moves, replacing lights, turning off lights at the town hall at night, and other measures that have reduced use of electricity by 25 per cent and natural gas by 30 per cent after three years. Reduced transportation has also resulted in gains.
Still, emissions of carbon dioxide have increased. The Telluride watch tells of two big-ticket items. One is the wastewater treatment plant. By far, treating sewage easily consumes the most electricity of any town function. The ice-chilling at the town's skating rink came in a distant second.
This upward trend was not for lack of trying. Installation of a geoexchange system at the treatment plant reduced the use of natural gas by 87 per cent. But treating sewage requires electricity more than anything, and electrical use has actually increased.
Overall, the town government's role for carbon dioxide emissions increased 3.6 per cent in 2008, with electrical consumption being the largest part of the story.
ASPEN, Colo. - Several years ago Aspen charted greenhouse gas emissions of the community, including private residents and business, in addition to government. The baseline year documented was 2004.
Now, it has reported the results of an update, as of the year 2007. There has been some progress. Overall, the community's carbon footprint has decreased 8.25 per cent, city officials tell The Aspen Times .
Much of that success is attributed to efforts by the city's electrical utility, which has purchased wind power as part of a substantial shift away from electricity produced by burning coal and natural gas. However, emissions associated with transportation and buildings also dropped.
Curiously, Aspenites individually seem to be using more electricity, with a nearly 10 per cent increase in the three-year span.
Girl next door on posters
PARK CITY, Utah - An advertising campaign in support of affordable housing has been launched in Park City. The latest poster features a supposed nurse that has found it difficult to get local housing. "She can save your life, but she can't live next door," the poster says.
In fact, no such nurse exists. But proponents tell the Park Record that the fictional character does reflect the situation of many firefighters, police officers, paramedics and teachers.
One of the sponsors, Julie Bernhard, of the Park City Board of Realtors, says the campaign hopes to reduce the fear of affordable housing coming into neighbourhoods.