Alpine Bank

Environmental Report 2013

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Community HIGHLIGHT Cleaning Up is a 32-Year Old Tradition in Snowmass Village Trash is not something you see often in Snowmass Village. The resort community of about 2,800 residents is nestled within the Snowmass Maroon Bells Wilderness Area and the West Elk Mountain Range. The Snowmass Ski Area and Mount Daly provide a scenic backdrop to the Town's 25.5 square miles. But a community this picturesque doesn't stay that way on its own. It quite literally "takes a Village." In addition to having a state-of-the-art solid waste and recycling division within the municipal government, the Town has a more than three-decade old tradition that displays the community's dedication to maintaining Snowmass Village's beauty — Town Cleanup Day. On May 31st, the Town held its 32nd annual Town Cleanup Day with the generous support of local merchants and businesses, including Alpine Bank Snowmass as the title sponsor. More than 150 volunteer residents, employees, and Town staff members showed up to gather bottles, cans, and trash dotting the otherwise pristine landscape. Armed with bags and gloves, they took to the local streets and trails to collect litter. "When the snow begins to thaw in the spring, it reveals trash that may have been buried during the winter," said Rhonda Coxon, Snowmass Village Town Clerk and long-time organizer of the event. "Getting litter picked up is important to get ready for the summer season — it's also critical to the health of our creeks, streams, and local wilderness areas." Rather than saddling the solid waste division with the extra cleanup and cost, the Town decided to turn it into an annual community event, drawing more and more volunteers each year. After four hours of 'hard labor,' volunteers are rewarded with music at the town park and a barbeque lunch cooked by local Rotarians. One of the highlights of the afternoon is the sharing of "Trashy Tales" where volunteers earn prizes for the most unusual piece of trash collected and the story they weave as to how the trash came to be. "It's a great way to get the community together year after year," Coxon said. "Community members reconnect after a long winter as they walk through the Village picking up trash. Alpine Bank's support has been crucial to the event's longevity as it continues to grow in popularity." To learn more about the Town of Snowmass Village and other area volunteer opportunities, visit A big thank you to all participants who truly walk the talk about the spirit of volunteerism! 10

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