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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. Read More

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.

Granby Rotary & Middle School to Celebrate Earth Day

Earth Day in Granby May 17 2012

In what is becoming a long-standing tradition in Grand County, Earth Day will be celebrated one month late. This could be attributed to the old saying, ‘Grand County Time’, but actually it has much more to to with what the weather might do at 9000 feet on April 22, the traditional global day for celebrating the earth. As Kristie DeLay said: “Who knew the weather would have been so nice that we could have celebrated this year on the actual day?”

Kristie is the committee chair for the Granby Rotary’s Earth Day festivities, which this year include activities with the 6th Graders in East Grand Middle School. The day will include tree planting, trash cleanup, and a presentation by the students. The event is scheduled for Thursday, May 17th at the school.

Infinite West’s Vicky Burton, fearless leader of the ‘Red Hand Team’ cleans up Trash and Recycling with East Grand Middle Schoolers on Granby Earth Day! (photo courtesy of T.H.J. Hodsdon)

Infinite West is proud to be helping with a sponsorship of the event. We also look forward to volunteering at this event and learning with the kids the importance of nurturing and caring for our planet. Volunteers are needed from 12-4 on May 17th, or the evening of May 16th to help dig holes for trees to be planted. If you would like to join as a volunteer, please contact Infinite West.

Earth Day: The History of A Movement

(from Earth Day Network)

Each year, Earth Day — April 22 — marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.

The height of hippie and flower-child culture in the United States, 1970 brought the death of Jimi Hendrix, the last Beatles album, and Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water”. Protest was the order of the day, but saving the planet was not the cause. War raged in Vietnam, and students nationwide increasingly opposed it.

At the time, Americans were slurping leaded gas through massive V8 sedans. Industry belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of legal consequences or bad press. Air pollution was commonly accepted as the smell of prosperity. “Environment” was a word that appeared more often in spelling bees than on the evening news.  Although mainstream America remained oblivious to environmental concerns, the stage had been set for change by the publication of Rachel Carson’s New York Times bestseller Silent Spring in 1962.  The book represented a watershed moment for the modern environmental movement, selling more than 500,000 copies in 24 countries and, up until that moment, more than any other person, Ms. Carson raised public awareness and concern for living organisms, the environment and public health.

Earth Day 1970 capitalized on the emerging consciousness, channeling the energy of the anti-war protest movement and putting environmental concerns front and center.

12:30 p.m. Earth Day. One half-hour after moratorium on car engines, Fifth Ave. is mobbed. Photo: New York Daily News / Frank Castoral

Environment 2011: Local Sustainability Actions Update

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
Agenda:
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 infinitewest@live.com

Recycling on Saturdays at Granby’s Country Ace Hardware

Infinite West has joined with the Grand Resource and Recycle Coalition (the GRRC) to staff the recycling bins provided by Valley Recycling at the Granby Country ACE Hardware on Saturdays from 9am-1pm. Our groups have been taking turns staffing the bins to assist in recycling efforts and to get the message out to residents that, “yes, there is recycling in Grand County.”

It has been great getting to know the people who are so concerned about Grand County’s recycling situation. We are grateful to those who have joined our efforts by becoming members (family, individual, and business) as well as those who have stepped forward to become sponsors.

Our Infinite West board members as well as several volunteers have been advising recyclers about what is acceptable to recycle, and how to prepare recyclables that are brought to this drop off location.

We’re always looking for more volunteers to help! If you have questions about what or how to recycle, or would like to volunteer for this or other of our efforts email us or come by on a Saturday. We’re happy to help.

February 2011     Check us out!

Infinite West, friends and volunteers

Infinite West, friends and volunteers at ACE Recycling Day

Just another Recycling Day in Granby, Colorado at Country ACE Hardware.

Sustainbility Corners for GC Library District Begins

Infinite West and the Grand County Library District are collaborating on creating a “sustainability corner” within each of the Grand County libraries.
Sustainability, as defined by the United Nations and that Infinite West subscribes to is this: “meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” With all things seemingly connected, we put our local economy into this definition also.

UPDATE: 1 NOVEMBER 2010
We have submitted the name of the first book to go into this collection. Toward a Zero Energy Home, by David Johnston & Scott Gibson
Hooray! This corner is now a reality.
We honor the Ghincea family for their generous donation in support of this program.
Check your local Grand County Library for the latest sustainability additions (books or media) or ask your librarian which titles Infinite West recommends.

As you find or read a good book, watch a DVD or listen to a CD on a sustainability topic, take note of it and send us a note about that title and why you feel it is important for others to read about it. Then, become a part of this collaboration by joining us in making a contribution to Infinite West to go toward this collaboration. Please ensure that you submit that title (or titles) along with author and publisher’s name to us for this “sustainability corner.”
Drop us a note with your suggestion and your contribution to P.O. Box 1955 Granby CO 80446.
Since the Library District gets the better deal on cost, it is best if we submit the list to them and let them buy the books or media.
Happy Reading!

Fur for Oil…We Need Your HELP!

We need your help to get over 70 bags of alpaca and llama shearings–fiber or fur to the Gulf Coast to help soak up all that oil. We also need your pantyhose!  Matter of Trust has been promoting the use of natural booms made of animal and human hair, which have been proven to soak up oil very quickly.  Infinite West wants to contribute  and help to clean the waters of our Gulf  Coast.
All monetary donations can be mailed today to Infinite West, P.O. Box 1955 Granby CO 80446. (Plz add “Fiber Shipping” to the note area of your check.)
Pantyhose can be dropped off at Lonesome Fiber mill, 946 County Road 60 in Granby.  Please consider doing this TODAY…the sooner the booms are in place, the sooner all that nasty oil is gone.
Here are some images from Matter of Trust on what is being done and what can be done with a little help.

Wanted:PantyHose, Tights and Knee Highs for OIL

alpaca-in-stockings

alpaca in stockings

fiber hair booms

fiber hair booms courtesy of Matter of Trust (http://matteroftrust.org)

If you’re curious as to what can be done with these booms once the oil is soaked up, check out worm poop.

Thank you for helping!

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