Joshua Zaffos

Joshua Zaffos writes from Fort Collins, Colorado. His work has appeared in High Country News, Wired, Miller-McCune and the Northern Colorado Business Report. All of his skis and snowshoes are secondhand acquisitions.

Sustainable Business

Gearhead’s lament: What’s to be done with last year’s skis?

Each year, skiers and snowboarders chuck mountains of old gear into the trash. One man wants to give our castoffs a second life.

Who needs Superfund when we’ve got reality TV?

By the end of the year, only $28 million will be left in the U.S. EPA’s Superfund account. Superfund pays for the reclamation of abandoned toxic-waste sites, and $28 million barely affords a study just to figure out how to clean up one of the 1,200 deserted dumps wasting away in American communities. Money’s tight to fund cleanups of Superfund sites like this one in Pennsylvania. Photo: U.S. EPA. How did Superfund, which used to have an annual account ledger of $1.5 billion, end up functionally bankrupt? Going back to 1995, the Republican-controlled Congress killed off the corporate “polluter tax” …

Colorado’s proposed water projects could sink the environment

This March, the Denver Broncos football team agreed to spend $40 million on a seven-year contract with its new quarterback, Jake Plummer. Since winning two Super Bowls at the end of the 1990s, the Broncos have struggled just to make the playoffs. At his introductory press conference, Plummer predicted, “Winning a Super Bowl is what I believe we are going to do here.” Denver: the mile dry city. Photo: NREL. Meanwhile, the state of Colorado is looking for its silver bullet. After an unprecedented boom in growth and tourism during the 1990s, the state is suffering an unprecedented three-year drought. …

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