Category Archives: Conservation

Green Corner: Conservation starts with conversation

Green Corner Article
March 2017

“Through communication and diligent management of the aquatic resources in Grand County, LBD will be improving the health of Grand County’s streams one reach at a time. The future of our rivers hinges on the success of the dedicated partners that are participating in the adaptive management that trout Unlimited and other West Slope entities have fought so hard to bring into existence…”

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Grand & Jackson County Energy Strategy

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


Plastic Bag Facts

Disposable Plastic Bags:

According to the Town of Breckenridge, less than 5% of the over 2 Billion Disposable Plastic Bags used annually in Colorado are recycled.

The Wall Street Journal reports that we use about 200 Billion disposable plastic bags EVERY YEAR in the United States. They also report that getting consumers to change their shopping habits and actually use their re-useable bags often only happens when there is “a personal reward…associated with the change”. Learn more HERE.

“Plastics, like Diamonds, are forever!” say researchers at the Algalita Marine Research Foundation, “Plastic goes through a process called photodegradation, where sunlight breaks it into smaller and smaller pieces, all of which are still plastic polymers.” Also: “all plastic introduced into [the] marine environment remains there, getting smaller but never breaking apart” As the plastic breaks down, it enters the food chain on a molecular level. Learn more HERE.

Colorado Initiatives & Legislation:

Telluride, Colorado has banned plastic bags and charges a $.10 bag fee for the use/ distribution of paper bags in city limits. Learn more HERE.

Breckenridge, Colorado has instituted a plastic bag fee similar to the one potentially proposed in Fraser. Learn more about the details HERE and HERE. To see a copy of their ordinance, click HERE.

Aspen bans plastic bags. Learn more HERE.

The City of Boulder has instituted a $.10 disposable plastic bag fee. Learn more HERE. Read the ordinance HERE.

State Measures & Initiatives:

Oregon Senate Bill 113 seeks to regulate single-use checkout bags in the state of Oregon. Learn more HERE.

Providence, RI, STATE HOUSE, April 4, 2013 – Environment Rhode Island yesterday presented lawmakers with more than 7,300 signatures on a petition in support of legislation to ban plastic bags at store checkouts in Rhode Island. Learn more HERE.

Arkansas State Representative Denny Altes has introduced a bill into the Arkansas General Assembly to ban single-use plastic bags in food stores. Lear more HERE.

Learn about pending and passed State legislation HERE.

Plastic Bags Fatal for Marine Mammals

Learn how more than a hundred plastic bags and other ocean debris helped contribute to the death of this Sperm Whale in the Mediterranean HERE.


ECO Roadshow 2013

2013 marks the birth of the ECO Roadshow –

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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!
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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.
MEGHAN CASEY

1-2 Magician

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.
COOPER CREEK KIDS

Thank you to our ECO Roadshow Sponsors!

2013 SPONSORS

Infinite West is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, located at the headwaters of the Colorado River in Grand County, Colorado


The Congress – Live Music

Join us Friday January 9 for Live Music at Smokin’ Moes in Cooper Creek Square

$5 – Part of proceeds benefit Infinite West!

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Permaculture Talk

Don’t miss this week’s upcoming lecture on Permaculture from University Centers of San Miguel’s Director of Sustainability, Robyn Thiel Wilson.

Where:
This lecture and discussion will be held at Grandma Miller’s
When:
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.

infinitewest@live.com
970-531-6073


2012 Local Green Gift Guide Product Registration

Businesses can feature a Green Product in our 2012 Local Green Gift Guide for holiday shopping. The purpose of this guide is to provide locally available sustainable options for shoppers during the holidays. The guide is free to featured businesses, as long as you meet our cirteria for a sustainable, ‘green’ product (criteria are listed in the following form). The guide is free to the public to download or print. This is a service provided by Infinite West. Have a look at our 2010 Green Gift Guide here.

Fill out the form below to submit your featured product for the 2012 Infinite West Green Gift Guide. Guides will be released by December 7, 2012. Products without photographs will not be considered. Tell us how your product is considered sustainable and ‘green’, using the following criteria list and comment forms. Be sure to leave as much contact information as possible.

Please submit a clear 330 dpi photograph of your product to the email below. Contact infinitewest@live.com with any questions.