Trash Mash


Trash Mash by the Numbers

The Genesee Foundation’s Trash Mash event has become much more than just cleaning the junk out of the garage.  Our neighborhood has made great gains in minimizing environmental impact by recycling tons of material at every recent event.

Our neighborhood recycled the following at this year’s event on June 3:

1.)    7,000 pounds of sensitive documents were shredded and recycled.

·         Archived information from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2016 website states that recycling 2,000 pounds of paper saves enough energy to power the average American home for six months, saves 7,000 gallons of water, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions by one metric ton of carbon equivalent (MTCE).

2.)    1,940 pounds of mixed recyclables (from bottles and cans collected by volunteers during the event’s roadside cleanup, to the empty cardboard boxes from the document shredding event, and even hail-damaged rigid plastic deck furniture).

·         According to the National Recycling Coalition, recycling is an important economic engine and job creator, supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs across the country and generating $11.2 billion in tax revenues for the federal, state, and local governments. Every 10,000 metric tons of recyclables generates 37 jobs, which equates to $1.1 million in wages and $330,000 in tax revenues. (Brent Hildebrand, Alpine Waste’s VP of Operations who manages the recycling facility that collects and processes Genesee’s mixed recyclables picked up at curbside every other week, is on the NRC’s Board of Directors.)

3.)    3,800 pounds of scrap metal: old grills, metal patio furniture, steel pipes and fencing, etc. 

·         The American Iron and Steel Institute reports that for every 2,000 pounds of steel that are recycled, 2,500 pounds of iron ore, 1,400 pounds of coal, and 120 pounds of limestone are conserved.

4.)    More than 3,000 pounds of electronic waste plus 205 pounds of old batteries.

·         Batteries of all types—alkaline, nickel-cadmium, lithium-ion (even an old car battery) were processed and recycled by Battery Giant, a Denver specialty battery store owned by Genesee resident Jim Treitman.  Various battery components—from a variety of metals to plastic and acid—were captured for reuse.

·         Our neighborhood’s electronic waste was processed by SustainAbility, an Arvada-based organization that employs more than 100 people with various types of disabilities; SustainAbility has been transparent about how our e-waste is processed and where the different commodities go.  The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries reports that one metric ton of electronic scrap from personal computers contains more gold that that recovered from 17 tons of gold ore.

Please consider volunteering next year with other neighbors to help keep the event organized and running smoothly.

-Phil Churilla

Genesee Swim Team’s 2017 Summer Season is off to a Great Start!

Olympian Gold Medalist Missy Franklin Visits Genesee Swim Team!

We are supper excited to have over 95 swimmers and 55 families on the swim team this season. Our coaches, Nate Hamilton, Andi Ramsey and Jared Dimick have been doing an awesome job getting our swimmers ready for meets and improving their times and strokes.

In June we competed in three swim meets. Our first meet was an away meet at Mount Vernon in which we won by over 300 points. We then hosted two home meets, one against Wheatridge and the other against The Stingrays. We have some really strong swimmers this year with many of our swimmers taking first and second place in our meets and victories in our first two meets. We also have some very young swimmers who made it across the pool for their very first race! Come check out the team on Saturday, July 15th when we will be swimming against Golden at Foothills Pool!

Olympian Gold Medalist Missy Franklin Visits Genesee Swim Team!
Genesee Swim Team had a surprise visitor at one of our Friday morning practices and Saturday Swim Meet. The one and only Missy Franklin came to our team breakfast and picture day on June 15th and our home swim meet against the Stingrays on June 16th For those of you who don’t know much about swimming, Missy is a five-time Olympic gold medalist. She currently holds the world record in the 200-meter backstroke and American records in both the 100-meter and 200-meter backstroke. As a member of the U.S. national swim team, she holds the world record in the 4×100-meter medley relay.
Missy made the drive to Genesee from Centennial to help Hydrosphere Representative Hayes Johnson (also an accomplished swimmer who has competed at the National level) demonstrate a new timing and meet management software the team is considering. Thanks Missy for taking the time to meet our swimmers as it is not every day you get to meet an Olympic gold medalist! Fun Fact: Former Genesee Foundation manager Carla Andrews used to coach Missy on her strokes!

GMT – Splash-4-Cash
Genesee swimmers are looking forward to our annual Spash-4-Cash this month. This is a big fundraiser for our team and for our very own Genesee Fire Department. Half of all money raised will be donated to the Genesee Fire Department. Residents can show their support by sponsoring a specific swimmer or by sponsoring the team as a whole.

Sponsorships are based on the total number of laps completed by an individual swimmer in one hour. Our goal as a team is to swim over 1000 lengths of Foothills pool. Please email us at if you want to learn more about sponsoring this event.

Fourth of July Bake Sale!
Please support you Genesee Swim Team! Look for many homemade delicious treats at the annual Swim Team Bake Sale Table on July 4! We always love to see so many residents at our tent!

Please Help us Thank our Team Sponsors:
Genesee Swim Team would like to thank the following local business who have sponsored our team this year:
All Kids Dental, Buffalo Moon, Distinctive Home Lending, Genesee Living Magazine Genesee Mountain Fitness, Genesee Pub & BBQ, Guido’s, Image Headquarters, Incline Roofing, Jaudon & Avery, LLP., Kentwood City Properties, LIV Sotheby’s, Panorama Orthopedic and Spine, Rocky Mountain Pediatric Orthopedics.


Olympian Gold Medalist Missy Franklin Visits Genesee Swim Team!

Olympian Gold Medalist Missy Franklin Visits Genesee Swim Team!

Macey Sparks and Missy Franklin

Macey Sparks and Missy Franklin

Summer Aqua Pilates Classes!

Location: Foothills Clubhouse, Mon/Wed/Fri 10:30-11:30am, starting May 31st.

$10 per session w/ bundle purchase at $100 for 10 classes (plus one free class).

  • The ideal form of exercise that is effective and powerful yet extremely balanced and safe.
  • Greater core muscle engagement
  • Increase flexibility and reduce stress on the joints
  • Can burn 200-300 calories per hour
  • Enhances toning and developing muscular strength and endurance
  • Helps people who suffer from inflammatory illness such as arthritis and fibromyalgia

Contact Chip May, A.C.E Personal Trainer/Fitness Instructor   Email:  Px: 720-938-2178

Genesee Foundation Reaches 15th Year as a Firewise Community

GENESEE, Colo. – The Genesee Foundation – one of only nine communities nationally that have been engaged in the Firewise Communities/USA® national program since its inception in 2002 – was recently recognized for taking ongoing actions in preparing homes for the threat of wildfire. The 15-year Firewise Community/USA award recognition demonstrates the community’s persistence and commitment to reducing their wildfire risk, educating their neighbors and neighboring communities about Firewise practices, and maintaining the hard work they have accomplished over time.

The Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) Golden District Forester and the Colorado Firewise liaison presented the recognition award to the Genesee Foundation, with special recognition to the Genesee Fire & Safety Committee (GFSC) and the Genesee Ecosystem Management (GEM) Committee for their work spearheading the community’s Firewise efforts.

“Since the early 1990s, the Genesee Foundation recognized how important it is for neighbors to work together to reduce wildfire risks,” said Allen Gallamore, district forester for the CSFS Golden District. “Through its enduring efforts, this community provides a clear example of what it means to be a successful Firewise Community.”

Since its Firewise Communities/USA recognition in 2002, the Genesee Foundation community has accomplished a significant amount of work to reduce wildfire risk. Accomplishments include:

  • investing over $1 million in forest management and fire mitigation activities
  • selectively thinning over 700 acres of Genesee open space for fire mitigation and to improve forest health
  • implementing defensible space plans on approximately 150 private properties and approximately 95% of residents have done some defensible space work
  • hosting 19 community chipping events to help residents remove branches, trees and pine needles to encourage fire mitigation activities around homes
  • working to educate residents of their responsibilities when it comes to living in the wildland-urban interface.

The accomplishments of the Genesee Foundation community would not have been possible without the dedication and support of Ryan Babcock, former Genesee Foundation Open Space Manager and current training chief for Genesee Fire Rescue. Babcock’s education and assistance to Genesee truly spearheaded the Firewise Communities/USA recognition effort.

“Genesee is filled with forward-thinking, responsible and intelligent residents who place a high value on their property and open space,” said Babcock. “The fact that we have reached 15 years as a Firewise Community is a reflection of the dedication Genesee has for being responsible stewards of this beautiful fire-adapted ecosystem where its residents live and recreate. Even with all the work we have done over the past 15 years and beyond as a Firewise Community, it has taken more than 100 years of fire exclusion and little management for our Front Range forests to reach the state they are in today. These areas are now primed for large wildfire events and it will take many more years of dedication to correct this imbalance. So, with that said, 15 years as a Firewise Community is a good start.”

Nancy Balter, a member of the GFSC, was presented the 15-year Firewise Community/USA recognition award along with Babcock, Genesee Foundation Board President Jeff Chopin, and Linda Colville, the Chair of the GEM Committee.

During the presentation, Balter emphasized the importance of participating in the Firewise Communities/USA program to reduce Genesee’s wildfire risk.

“Genesee is a community built in the wildland-urban interface and, like many such communities that value the forest in which we have built our houses, we have come to understand that the overgrowth of trees surrounding our homes leads not only to an unhealthy forest, but also to a risk of wildfire destroying our homes,” said Balter. “Through education efforts utilizing the materials provided by Firewise and the Colorado State Forest Service, our residents understand that by creating defensible space around their homes, they will help our fire department defend their homes, and those around them, in the face of a wildfire.”

As a community, the Genesee Foundation residents also highly value their open space. The creation of the GEM Committee demonstrates how important protecting the surrounding forested land is to the community. The new Genesee Foundation Open Space Manager, Robert Elliott, will work with the community to help it continue to understand how to create resilient, healthy forests while implementing wildfire mitigation practices as a part of the Firewise Communities/USA program.

“The views, the wildlife, the hiking trails, and the overall ambiance are a big part of what makes Genesee special to us,” said Colville. “We want to protect and preserve that forested land and those meadows. We appreciate the structure and support provided by the Firewise program and want to continue work to keep Genesee a safe and wonderful place to live.”

Congratulations to the Genesee Foundation on achieving 15 years as a recognized Firewise Community/USA!