Our mission is to inspire stewardship of our natural resources by creating educational opportunities and lasting community infrastructure in Leadville and Lake County, Colorado.
Program areas include clean energy, energy efficiency, environmental education, recycling, composting, and food systems.
Cloud City Conservation Center (c4) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization based in Leadville and Lake County, Colorado.
Physical Address: 130 W 5th Street, Room 121, Leadville, Colorado
Mailing Address: PO Box 459, Leadville CO 80461
Call us 9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday: (719) 465-6164
Executive Director Kendra Kurihara: kendra@C4Leadville.org (719) 293-5334
Energy Programs Director Cameron Millard: cameron@C4Leadville.org (720) 940-6900
VOLUNTEER for a C4 Zero Waste Event.
Environmental Education and Infrastructure in the Schools. We work in Lake County schools to deliver environmental eduction workshops and support green teams. As part of this program, 11th grade High Mountain Institute students become instructors and Waste Warriors, teaching environmental education workshops in classrooms.
We work with teachers, students and administration to improve school infrastructure. In the past year we have given our $4000 in mini-grants to schools for recycling and waste reduction infrastructure. With our help in 2014-2015, schools recycled over 25,000 pounds.
In 2015 and 2016, work in the schools has focused on compost. On October 26th, 2015, every student at the intermediate school and high school began composting their food scraps at lunch-time. Two Earth Tubs located behind the intermediate school turn those food scraps into nutrient rich compost. The intermediate school and high school composts an average of 400 pounds of food scraps a week, creating 2 cubic yards of nutrient-rich compost every 6-10 weeks.
Residential Energy Efficiency Improvements. We deliver home energy audits at greatly deducted prices, thanks to support from Lake County. This program has been successful in improving 45 homes over the past two years, with an average annual energy savings of $500.
Lake County Recycling and Waste Diversion Infrastructure. We work with Lake County staff and elected officials to improve local waste diversion infrastructure. In 2014, we worked with the County to receive $200,000 in funding for new recycling infrastructure, including two new recycling drop-sites, processing and storage equipment for the County. Drop sites are operational as of September, 2015 and include a Pay-As-You-Throw Trash Drop.
In 2014, we received a grant from the USDA in order to work with Lake County to create the first ever Lake County Household Hazardous Waste Round-up. This event was a monumental success, with over 50,000 pounds of toxic material collected and kept out of our landfill, soil and aquatic systems. Next up: ongoing paint and stain collection.
In 2011 we worked with Lake County to execute a $160,000 project that included a new recycle center at the Lake County landfill.
Zero Waste Events and Event Recycling. We manage and help other people manage zero waste events and event recycling. In 2015 we helped to recycle and compost 40,000 pounds of material.
Lake County Clean Energy. Over the past three years we worked with Lake County and project developers to secure and build the Lake County Solar Garden, a 500 kW solar array located just south of town that allows residences, businesses and anybody with an Xcel Energy meter, to offset their energy bill with clean, locally produced energy.
In 2011, we helped the County to develop its first public renewable energy project, 117 kW at no up front cost to the Lake County. The resulting solar panels are part of a power purchase agreement and are located at the Lake County Landfill, Lake County Public Works yard, Lake County Airport and Lake County Search and Rescue Building.
2016 – Q1
Abandon hope all ye who enter. Or check out our 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013 annual reports and be inspired.
OUR VISION | beauty, resiliency and self-sufficiency
Our programs inspire Leadvillians to live simple and beautiful environmentally-friendly lives in our beloved community. We intend to help Leadville become a model community in the American West, where our community members live meaningful lives as stewards of natural wonder, our creeks, rivers, mountains, soil, animals, plants and each other. How? We will transform Leadville’s buildings so that they reflect the resilience of our community. Homes and businesses will have a lower environmental impact, while becoming more comfortable and safe. As a community we will take responsibility for what we buy, eat, use and throw away. We will build our local capacity to re-use, re-grow and re-cycle valuable products in the market place. Our community will produce and use clean fuel and clean energy. We will be stewards of clean air, water and soil.
In 2011, a diverse group of local stakeholders created the Lake County Energy and Sustainability Plan. Efforts by this group subsequently led to a new Lake County recycling center, the community’s first public renewable energy project, and first large-scale zero-waste events. The group that developed and implemented these projects has become Cloud City Conservation Center’s founding board and staff. The facilitator of this group, Lynne Westerfield, became C4’s Executive Director. The organization began operations on January 1st, 2013 with seed funding from Lake County Government.