Regional Sustainability and Clean Energy

clean energy graphicNWCCOG was asked to convene a meeting of all organizations in the region whose mission is to promote renewable energy, energy efficiency, green building, sustainability, resource conservation, and environmental preservation to see if there are any opportunities for regional collaboration and/or coordination. We alsoincluded staff from towns and counties in the region who are tasked with this same mission.

The idea for this effort was an outgrowth of the regional economic development planning effort undertaken by NWCCOG. There was interest expressed by participants to consider opportunities for collaboration in the context of economic development and growing the clean/green energy sector in our region.

A brainstorming meeting was held on Tuesday, January 22nd from 1 pm – 3 pm at Gypsum Town Hall. >> Read the Summary of the Green Groups Meeting

Below is a list of resources pertaining to sustainabilty/clean energy efforts throughout the region:

Organizations in the Region

NWCCOG Weatherization Program
Contact: Steve Getz, Director

Aspen CORE
Contact: Jason Haber, Energy Programs Manager

High Country Conservation Center
Contact: Jen Schenk, Executive Director

Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability
Contact: John Ryan Lockman, Programs Manager

Infinite West
Contact: Thomas Harris, President

County/Town Efforts

City of Aspen & Pitkin County Green Initiatives

Energy Smart Program – Eagle, Pitkin, Gunnison, and Summit Counties

Summit County Energy Action Plan
Contact: Kate Berg, Planner, Summit County

Town of Eagle – Conservation Oriented Development Land Use Designation

Town of Vail – Environmental Sustainability Strategic Plan (2009)

Town of Frisco – Clean Tracks Business Program

Town of Silverthorne – Energy Smart Business Program

Utility Providers’ Programs

Holy Cross Energy – Green Programs

SourceGas – Energy Saving Tips

Xcel Energy – Renewable Energy Programs Directory

Mountain Parks Electric – Energy Efficiency Programs

Confluence Energy

Eagle Valley Clean Energy – Wood Biomass Facility in Gypsum, Colorado

Other Information/Resources

U.S. Small Business Administration’s Green Business Guide

Prioritizing Clean Energy and Energy Conservation in Colorado’s Economic Development Strategy – Aspen CORE and Energy Smart Resource Center, May 2011.

Climate Impacts on the Winter Tourism Economy in the United States – Natural Resources Defense Council and Protect Our Winters, December 2012.

Article: CleanTech Industry Powers US Economy with Job Creation (6/20/12)

Sustainable Connections: Linking Sustainability and Economic Development – National League of Cities Policy Brief (2011)

International Green Construction Code