From left to right: Anna's rose bush with the ashes of her grandmother planted within the roots, The Living Urn planting system. All photos courtesy of The Living Urn
Anna Brewer had been holding onto her grandmother’s ashes for seven years before she found the right place for them. She was raised by her grandmother, Lillian Besch, and while she wanted to eventually fulfill Besch’s wish of scattering her remains in a rose garden (it was her favorite flower...
August 30 2016, 12:50 PM
A new bill allowing Colorado residents to collect up to 110 gallons of rainwater for outdoor-irrigation use took effect on August 10. Colorado was one of the last states to legalize rainwater harvesting, which can now be used anywhere on the owner's property for chores like lawn maintenance...
August 16 2016, 11:15 AM
The Gross Reservoir Expansion Project will triple the reservoir capacity, mitigating risk against drought for Denver Water's collection system.
—Photo courtesy of Denver Water
Considering the Denver region is growing by an average of 4,500 new residents per month, a large sector of the population likely doesn’t remember the catastrophic 2002 drought. The most severe water shortage since the Dust Bowl, snowpack and soil moisture were at all-time lows, and...
August 11 2016, 9:40 AM
—Photo courtesy of ProPublica
An investigative documentary about the Colorado River's crippling drought will premiere on the Discovery Channel this Thursday night. Killing the Colorado, which is presented by ProPublica and based on reporter Abrahm Lustgarten’s award-winning series of the same title, argues that the...
August 3 2016, 1:45 PM
An employee sorts for Styrofoam. Alpine Waste & Recycling is the first stream in Colorado to accept this material.
—All photos by Amy Thomson
Have you ever wondered where your recycling goes? The process—which is so efficient, a crumpled beer can might be back on the shelves as a fresh Coors Light within 90 days—is a mystery to most citizens. Curious about the elusive journey our recycling takes each week, we headed 15 minutes north of...
April 21 2016, 11:00 AM
—Photo Illustration: Sean Parsons; (signs) istock; (Mt. Lincon) Courtesy of Matt Vincent; (Mt. Democrat) Courtesy of Wikipedia; (mt. wilson) Courtesy of U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
Mark Regis was trail-beaten and taking shelter from high-country wind when the angry man appeared with a gun. It was August 2009, and Regis, along with his wife and two friends, had just summited 14,023-foot Wilson Peak, about 15 miles south of Telluride in the Uncompahgre National Forest. Wilson...
—Photo by iStock
To take on an ecological issue you’ve likely never heard of—the fact that the organic latex foam in high-end mattresses is too flammable to recycle—Chris Conway has created a secondary market for organic latex. The former real estate developer recycles mattresses into Green Pup Dog Beds, memory...
—Images courtesy of Oskar Blues Brewery; istock; Sarah Boyum; istock (4); shutterstock; istock (3)