True to her word, Kris Holstrom, director of the New Community Coalition, will be using “Telluride Inside…and Out” as one of her platforms for announcing new initiatives and successes and raising challenges. The following post is her clarion call to the community.
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Green as in the color of money. Maybe next year. Green as in envy. A waste of time and energy. Green as in sustainability. The future.
Quest for Resilience
By Kris Holstrom
What made us come to the Telluride region? What makes us stay? What is sustainability?
Most of us recognize we could and should do more to make the world a better place – but the current pace of our activities is daunting. Who has the time or energy to devote to such luxuries?
Luxuries? Hmm. For those of us involved in sustainability issues every single day the pressing need for change is not something we classify with diamonds and furs or second homes. For the past two years I’ve been privileged to be the Regional Sustainability Coordinator. Times are tough and predictions are dire, yet the core of what we do in this office is to bring forward a hopeful message while we methodically tackle local issues.
It is an exciting time to be involved in creating a more sustainable future for the region. Whether you have a firm idea of what sustainability means or are simply interested in a more resilient, self-reliant personal household the time is right for making changes.
The Town of Telluride, Town of Mountain Village, and San Miguel County fund the TNCC. We receive significant contributions from the Telluride Foundation and San Miguel Power Association. We also appreciate our smaller donors, from the Town of Norwood to individuals like you who have contributed to our Green Fund, the account we’ve set up where people and organizations can contribute to local renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. When you come into Telluride, take a look at the roof of the high school. You’ll see 10 beautiful solar panels facing south. Those were put up with money from our Green Fund, in large part from a contribution from Mountain Village – but the work is also a testament to a great collaborative effort of local solar providers. Those solar panels may represent a small step in the Big Picture, but it is a step forward to a new way of thinking about our energy future.
There is a lot of work laid out in front of us, from improving our materials re-use within the region by helping make the Free Box better, to obtaining grants from the state for larger scale recycling and composting equipment. Team members are working on our RSVP – Regional Sustainability Visioning Project, funded by the Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association. Can we find common ground for a sustainable future? We believe we can.
Look for news soon about the opening event on January 13th. TNCC will be facilitating community discussion and action in food security. We’re assisting several groups trying to get year-round growing greenhouses in the region. New energy efficiency and green building codes have recently been passed by San Miguel County and the Mountain Village to make sure our homes are built to high standards.
While we are pursuing many programs ourselves, our most exciting efforts involve facilitating and catalyzing change within the community. No one person or organization holds the key to a resilient future. We each can play a part. One of our favorite accomplishments of 2008 was helping to launch (along with staff from the Telluride Institute) the YES Club (Youth Empowering Sustainability). Minds of their own – absolutely! Ideas about their future – you got it! Action- oriented youth in charge. Let’s help create a future worthy of their enthusiasm.
The staff at The New Community Coalition will make a New Year’s pledge to the regional community. We’ll bring you ideas, issues, questions, ponderings. You give us feedback in return. Just by chance if we strike a chord, let us know. Now is the time. Let’s get started.
Kris Holstrom, Regional Sustainability Coordinator
The New Community Coalition, email@example.com, 728-1340