Evergreen’s Alliance for Sustainability + You = E.A.S.+Y!
Building a more sustainable community begins with each one of us.
EAS+Y’s Beginnings: EAS+Y began with a group of Evergreen friends and neighbors gathered around a kitchen table discussing the need for more recycling and composting opportunities in the community. Others who were passionate about expanding local and organic food availability soon joined the discussion. And, in time, the discussion also turned to renewable energy options, energy conservation and efficiency in our homes and buildings. The core values everybody shared included a concern for living responsibly and respectfully in our environment, and a belief that it is our responsibility to “tread lightly” on earth by reducing our carbon footprints, so that others now and in the future may live well too.
This group of community movers and shakers incorporated as a 501c3 nonprofit organization in 2010, and Evergreen’s Alliance for Sustainability was launched.
Our Mission: The mission of EAS+Y is to encourage activities and lifestyles in the mountain area that lead to a sustainable community. A sustainable community is a healthy community. It is a community which is resilient to changing conditions; eco-friendly; and socially and economically balanced and vibrant.
Our Vision: EAS+Y envisions a mountain community in which all beings thrive and prosper in social, environmental, and economic harmony by honoring the interconnection, interdependence, as well as inclusivity in all of nature’s healthy systems. We see all human activity integrated with nature’s balance.
Ten Year Visionary Goal: EAS+Y’s work in the community has helped mountain area individuals, businesses and organizations to incorporate systems thinking and a sense of connectedness that is rooted in deeper shared values supporting the community’s sustainability. EAS+Y’s sought-after expertise, varied income streams, and solid donor base support a platform for education outreach and project implementation throughout the Jefferson County, Colorado Front Range mountain communities.
- Buffalo Park Community Garden at Wilmot Elementary School. Completed September 2016 with funding from Great Outdoors Colorado (thanks to Evergreen Parks and Recreation District as conduit for funds) and a partnership with R-1 Jefferson County School District.
- Buchanan Park Community Garden. Completed in 2012 in partnership with Evergreen Park and Recreation District with funding from Great Outdoors Colorado.
- Zero Waste Services for Community Events. In 2016, EAS+Y assisted more than 20 local nonprofits in providing recycling and composting services to reduce waste from their community events.
- Puppet Shows. Ernie the Elk and his fellow wildlife puppet cast bring a story of plastic bags in the environment to more than 400 third graders in area elementary schools every Spring.
- Bring-Your-Own-Bag Campaign. Signage and reusable bag give-aways outside local grocery and big box stores to encourage a change in habits and a reduction in the number of plastic bags used.
- Biggest Loser Energy Efficiency Contest. With a grant from the Governor’s energy Office in 2009, EAS+Y conducted a contest among residents and businesses to reduce the energy used in our buildings.