Heather Knox of EcoAction Partners Appointed to Colorado’s Pollution Prevention Advisory Board Assistance Committee


November 15, 2017 (Telluride, Colorado) - Heather Knox, Executive Director of EcoAction Partners, a sustainability non-profit organization serving San Miguel and Ouray Counties, was recently appointed by the State of Colorado to the Pollution Advisory Board Assistance Committee. Knox is one of thirteen individuals from around the state that was chosen to join the committee. The committee will work in concert with the Pollution Prevention Advisory Board to oversee the Recycling Resources Economic Opportunity (RREO) grant and rebate programs.

The RREO grant and rebate programs play an integral role in developing recycling infrastructure throughout Colorado by providing financial support to: businesses, local governments, nonprofit groups, schools, and universities. To date, the RREO grant and rebate programs have awarded $11.5 million dollars critical to diverting waste from landfills.

Heather Knox commented on her recent appointment, “I’m pleased to be selected to serve on this State of Colorado advisory committee to be a voice for the western slope, and to help find solutions to the specific challenges that face our region for recycling and waste diversion.”

About the RREO Grant Program

The Recycling Resources Economic Opportunity Act (HB 07-1288) created the RREO Grant Program with the intent to fund implementation projects that promote economic development through the productive management of recyclable materials that would otherwise be treated as discards. Projects that meet this goal are designed to implement recycling, composting, anaerobic digestion, source reduction, and beneficial use/reuse for a wide variety of materials. Funds are awarded to businesses, local governments, nonprofit groups, and schools and universities throughout Colorado. The grant program is under the authority of Colorado’s Pollution Prevention Advisory Board.

About EcoAction Partners

EcoAction Partners is a sustainability non-profit organization serving San Miguel and Ouray Counties. EcoAction Partners works to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, and tracking our regional progress toward these goals. Through a variety of programs, EcoAction Partners works with communities to reduce waste, increase local food supply, and encourage other sustainable practices. 


Greenlights is Coming Back this Fall to Select Areas!

EcoAction Partners is excited to bring back Greenlights for a limited time this Fall in an effort to increase participation in areas new to the Greenlights program. Greenlights is a rebate program sponsored by San Miguel Power Association (SMPA) and supported by Telluride Foundation and participating governments. This program allows residents and businesses the opportunity to purchase LED light bulbs at an extremely discounted rate of up to 75% off. Our mission is to encourage everyone to switch over to LED light bulbs to save money, reduce energy use, and ultimately help the environment.

SMPA supports the Greenlights special promotional program by allowing the SMPA LED bulb rebate to be assessed in the upfront cost of the bulbs, at the time of ordering. Further, participating governments are matching half of the SMPA rebate bringing the total rebate up to 75% off per bulb.

Greenlights is being offered from September 15 - October 15 in the following areas:

  • Towns: Rico, Nucla and Naturita
  • Unincorporated Counties: Montrose and Dolores 

EcoAction Partners Releases 2017 EcoAction Report

EcoAction Partners, the sustainability non-profit organization serving San Miguel and Ouray Counties, announces the release of their 2017 EcoAction Report, which includes 7 years of data on our region’s greenhouse gas emissions and energy use trends. Additionally, the report contains information about current and upcoming sustainability programs, local government sustainability accomplishments and updates on partner programs.

Annual tracking of regional greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for San Miguel and Ouray Counties show a slight increase since 2010. This upward trend is driven primarily by population and visitor increases. However, since 2010 San Miguel and Ouray Counties successfully decreased energy use emissions by 11 percent. This decrease in emissions from energy use (i.e., electricity and natural gas) is primarily due to electricity efficiency efforts and renewable energy offsets. Results suggest that the decline in energy emissions offsets the rise in GHG emissions primarily caused by population and visitor increases.

“In looking at the data that Ecoaction Partners collected over the last 7 years, we saw some really interesting trends in energy use and GHG emissions.  That is when we knew we needed to bring this information to the public in a manner that could be easily understood,” says Heather Knox, Executive Director of EcoAction Partners.  

EcoAction Partner programs continue to grow and expand. The SMPA Income Qualified (IQ) Weatherization Program helps low to mid-income individuals and families take advantage of home weatherization and energy efficiency services.  In 2017, Greenlights LED light bulb program expanded it’s reach to Rico, Naturita and Nucla. Additionally, EcoAction Partners is taking steps towards a regional composting network by applying for grant funds to purchase and install neighborhood composting units.  

Local governments are taking responsibility to track sustainability measures and accomplishments. As part of the Collaborative Sustainability Action Plan, governments are collectively working towards sustainability actions that align with the EcoAction Partners’ regional goals. Participating governments include: Telluride, Mountain Village, Ridgway, Ouray, Ophir, Norwood, San Miguel County and Ouray County.

Businesses and utility companies play a major role in partnering with EcoAction to increase regional energy efficiency. EcoAction partners with San Miguel Power Association, Black Hills Energy, Alpine Bank and Energy Smart Colorado to offer programs that assist businesses and residents with energy efficiency improvements.