GRAND & JACKSON COUNTY ENERGY STRATEGY
On June 10, 2010, twelve team members from Jackson and Grand County began the process of developing an Energy Strategy for the region. The questions on the cover of this Strategy are those that they asked about energy use in our region at the first meeting.
While the planning process has been a local effort, the impetus and funding came from the federal level. In 2007 President Bush signed the Energy Independence and Security Act which established the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program (EECBG). The program supports the “deployment of the cheapest, cleanest, and most reliable energy technologies we have—energy efficiency and conservation—across the country”
In 2009, the EECBG program was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Grand County Business and Economic Development Association applied for and was awarded grant funding for non-entitled2 EECBG communities through the Governor’s Energy Office to support the development of a regional Energy Strategy for Grand and Jackson Counties. Continue reading
2013 marks the birth of the ECO Roadshow –
Grand County Colorado’s own Sustainability Fair. Infinite West will be collaborating with Cooper Creek Square to bring you live entertainment, sustainability education, puppet shows for the kids, and other fun activities.
The ECO Roadshow is a collaborative sustainability event, bringing environmentally conscious businesses and non-profits together with the public for the purpose of education for all ages. The event is being held in conjunction with a Solshine Music Festival weekend and is designed to promote a Greener Grand County.
2-4 Live Music with Afro-Pop Ensemble, Nokuthula
Cooper Creek Square will be providing and funding a stage with local musicians and entertainment!
11-1 Rocky Mountain Puppet Show
These puppet characters by ventriloquist Meghan Casey come to life! The show promises to be a magical and totally realistic interaction between Meghan and her characters. Expect to feel good and laugh a lot. This puppet show will feature an ecological and planet-friendly theme.
11-4 Sustainability Education Booths & Demonstrations
Infinite West is coordinating educational booths & vendors, with the intention of raising awareness on sustainability issues & strategies, as well as promoting Green Business in Grand County. We will draw from local resources, as well as bringing in outside technologies and advocates to show in the event.
Thank you to our ECO Roadshow Sponsors!
Infinite West is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, located at the headwaters of the Colorado River in Grand County, Colorado
Join us Friday January 9 for Live Music at Smokin’ Moes in Cooper Creek Square
$5 – Part of proceeds benefit Infinite West!
Don’t miss this week’s upcoming lecture on Permaculture from University Centers of San Miguel’s Director of Sustainability, Robyn Thiel Wilson.
This lecture and discussion will be held at Grandma Miller’s
Thursday, October 11, 7:00 pm
What is Permaculture?
“Permaculture is the art of creating living ecosystems that imitate Nature to provide food, fuel and shelter for humans. With permaculture, it is possible for people to regenerate and enhance the places where they live and work.” – High Altitude Permaculture www.hialtpc.org/
Robyn Wilson was the Executive Director for the University Centers of the San Miguel for the past four years and is now excited to focus on Sustainability and College Studies. Robyn worked as the Peace Corps Recruiter for Northern Arizona and attended graduate school at Northern Arizona University where she graduated in 2007 with a Master of Arts in Sustainable Communities and a Master in Bilingual Multicultural Education. She received a Bachelor in International Business from University of Wisconsin Whitewater. In 2000, Robyn joined the Peace Corps as a Municipal Development volunteer in El Salvador. “Because of my training, I am always seeking an opportunity to apply my knowledge of the environment, sustainable development, and second language training to the areas of education and community outreach. Through my actions, I seek to facilitate the empowerment of people to become healthy and proactive citizens.” She continues to enjoy traveling, enjoying the mountains and rivers of the Southwest, and spending time with her husband.
Please RSVP, as spaces are limited.
The Infinite West Board of Directors will be hosting a Mixer and Meet & Greet on Thursday, January 19th at 6:00 PM. The Winter Park Winery has very generously donated their Tasting Room for this event.
Current members of the Board will be meeting candidates who have expressed an interest in joining the Infinite West Board as Directors. If you have an interest in contributing to the sustainable future of our region through a volunteer position on our Board, contact the Board Secretary, Jessie Wormington using the form below:
. We will be accepting RSVPs for this event through January 17th.
GROW-BUY-EAT-LOCAL Campaign Kickoff
in conjunction with the launch of Fraser Valley Community Gardens
Please join us in the lobby of the Grand Park Community Recreation Center, 1 Main Street, Fraser on Wednesday, April 27, 5-7:30pm for this exciting event.
After a successful first year, Granby has once again decided to host an Earth Day celebration. The date for this year’s event will be May 21 in Granby’s own Polhamus Park. This year, in partnership with Teresa Hill and Slopeside Productions, Infinite West is honored to be taking a more active role in getting this event off the ground. Visit the Slopeside Productions webpage to get a glimpse of the 2011 event. Stay tuned for more information, including the history of Earth Day and opportunities for businesses or families to get involved! We are currently looking for sponsors, vendors, volunteers and educators. Please contact Jessie W if you are interested in participating at any level.
Have you been wondering what your environmental groups have been up to this last year, and what their plans are for 2011 and beyond? Join us on Wednesday evening, to find out!
Energy Opportunities, Grand County Economic Development Association better known as BEDA, Infinite West and the Grand Resource and Recycle Coalition (GRRC) will be hosting a forum next Wednesday, January 26th, at 6:30 at Granby Library to discuss accomplishments over the last year and plans for the future.
Liz McIntyre will be presenting the developed Regional Energy Plan with discussion to follow.
The GRRC will be discussing recycling options and their 2011 goals.
Infinite West will present plans for sustainability initiatives in the county, including sustainable development initiatives and Terracycle programs in schools.
This is a great opportunity to identify which programs might interest you for future involvement.
Environment 2011: Local Sustainability Actions Update
6:30 – 7:15 Regional Energy Plan Presentation
BEDA and Energy Opportunities will present the progress of the Regional Energy Plan, which has been crafted by a team of locals from Grand and Jackson Counties over the last 9 months.
7:15 – 7:30 Discussion
7:30 – 7:40 Presentation of Local Alternative Energy Installations in 2010
7:40 – 8:00 GRRC (Grand Resource and Recycle Coalition) Presents Accomplishments and Goals
8:00 – 8:10 Discussion
8:10 – 8:30 Sustainability Update
Infinite West will present accomplishments of 2010 and goals for the new year.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Infinite West’s Board of Directors met last week to give a unanimous vote to pursue a 501(c)3 status with the IRS. This is not an overnight process. (Is anything with the IRS?)
By achieving this status, Infinite West will be able to secure funding for some of its projects and events through grants. The Board also gave a thumbs up to a few events this year in Grand County. Watch for more posts here soon on these events.