Montana Renewable Energy Fair

July 25, 2013 Last weekend, YTCEC (Phil, Alicia, and new intern Christy) headed up to Butte, Montana for the Montana Renewable Energy Fair, put on by Montana Renewable Energy Association (MREA).  After a quick stop in Dillon, MT for a little indulgence at the Patagonia outlet, we arrived in Butte on Friday evening.  We were […]

2 Mile Challenge

On May 1st I decided to challenge myself with a month long 2 Mile Challenge.  For the month of May I will walk/run/bike/bus regardless of rain/snow/sleet or hail to any destination within two miles of my home. This has proved fairly enjoyable throughout the first week.  However, my husband and I had an uncomfortable ride […]

What is zero waste?

Guest blogger, Tanya Anderson, is a Coalition partner through the Sustainability Series. What is zero waste? Fifteen years ago you might not have found an answer to that question. Today, a Google search will yield more than 40 millions results. On February 21, a crowd gathered in Jackson’s Home Ranch Exhibit Hall to learn more […]

EVs Face Unfounded Criticism

Scientists acknowledge that changes are occurring at an accelerated pace and every action, or inaction, impacts our fragile future. The successful fight against the uphill battle of climate change requires a shift of attitudes in our culture, which is likely the greatest challenge. The importance of delivering factual information, without hidden opinions, has been at […]

To Idle or Not to Idle – There’s No Question About it

In this day of high fuel costs, a tight economy, population growth, and climate change, it is imperative that we are all armed with the current facts about engine idling. Idling is defined as running a vehicle engine when the vehicle is standing still. It sounds downright silly, really. Who would want to do that? We […]

Vegas Vacation, aka National Biodiesel Conference

As well as being an intern this winter at YTCEC, my other hat is as Co-Chair of the National Biodiesel Board’s Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel program. As part of this role I was lucky enough to head down to Las Vegas last week for the 10th annual National Biodiesel Conference & Expo. The theme […]

Thoughts on Car Sharing

Have you heard of ride share, car share or peer-to-peer car sharing programs? Does Zipcar ring a bell, or even our local backcountryride.com?  These types of programs are prevalent in large cities and at universities; they boast an astounding 15 million car sharing members in North America.  Though there seems to be a niche they […]

Guest Post: Natural Gas – The Cleaner Alternative

In his January 9 Guest Shot column, Hugh Owens disparages the use of natural gas as a transportation fuel, mainly on the basis of what he claims are inflated estimates of reserves and potential cost-savings to the individual consumer. Both claims seem to me to overlook important realities.  A nation wide conversion from diesel-fueled haulers to Liquefied […]

Sustainability Series: Education, Awareness & Action

This month the Yellowstone Teton Clean Energy Coalition kicks off a series of Sustainability Workshops. Thanks to a grant from 1% for the Tetons, the Coalition will host monthly workshops focusing on different topics of sustainability. Partnering with Teton Co Integrated Solid Waste and Recycling and the Jackson Hole Energy Sustainability Project the Coalition is […]

Alternative Fuel Options Revealed

Last week The Coalition co-hosted a petroleum reduction seminar with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). The seminar took place at the Noble Historic Hotel down town Lander, WY. An interested audience composed of community members, business partners, and a handful of NOLS employees were there to learn more about options for incorporating alternative fuels […]