by Kris Holstrom
It always surprises me when the end of year sneaks up and taps me on the back. I’m convinced the speed of life accelerates annually. Regardless, the end of the year and end of a decade is an excellent time to look back at what was accomplished and to look forward to the work to come.
TNCC highlights in 2009:
Energy & Green Building:
Assisted funding partner San Miguel Power Association with administering Governor’s Energy Office rebates.
Solar Hot Water Rebate program (2008-2009): 14 systems, 860,600 BTU/day, $36,500
Coordinated many Energy Star for New Home trainings including contractor, green building expo, and an Integrated Building Design session. Completed a regional Greenhouse Gas Inventory for use as a baseline to measure future progress.
Staffed booths at local festivals and energy fairs and helped organize the 350-day celebration, taught Intro to Sustainability and Intro to Permaculture through UCSM, taught a Sustainability Intensive Study Period at Telluride High School. Mentored students in regional school systems.Staffed a volunteer station for the Colorado Peace ride. Ran the composting crews for Mountainfilm, Bluegrass, Fourth of July, KOTO DooDah, and Blues & Brews. Staffed educational booths at Bluegrass and Blues & Brews.
Organized a series of Forest Health workshops and Tree Tours
Helped staff local clean up and hazardous waste daysAssisted with getting in-vessel composter up and running at SUNRISE
Helped town staff with Zero Waste planning issues
Provided logistical support for Telluride Farmers’ MarketAssisted startup of local Slow Food chapter
Organized Regional Sustainability Visioning project and presentation (funded by TMVOA)
Supported development of See Forever Leadership program Regional Economic Futures Task Force participation and presentation to Intergovernmental meeting
Just as exciting are our plans for 2010, which include – but are not limited to:
Conducting a regional Community Food Assessment that will tell us what is grown in our region and support expanding local and regional agricultural opportunities.
Additional recycling outreach within our communities and researching potential diversion and value-added opportunities.
AND MUCH MORE!