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EcoAction Partners Releases 2017 Annual Report

EcoAction Partners

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.

EcoAction Partners & SMPA Need Your Input

EcoAction Partners

Would you be interested in going solar? EcoAction Partners and San Miguel Power Association (SMPA) would like to gauge community interest in another community solar array to serve the SMPA service territory. Constructing a new community solar array, similar to the ones installed by SMPA in 2012 and 2016 may be possible, but the partners who can make it happen need to know how much desire the communities have for such a project. By signing the pledge, you are publicly adding your name to the list of those who support the initiative to construct a new solar array.  


Green Business Roundtable Recap

EcoAction Partners

EcoAction Partners hosted a Green Business Roundtable on Wednesday, June 7 to bring businesses together and discuss ways of going green and reducing business greenhouse gas emissions.  Many creative ideas were exchanged for how each business is creating their vision for the New Normal; ranging on topics from pressuring product suppliers to reduce packaging, to suppliers of local organic food for restaurants, to the saving money through reducing energy use.

One great idea that EcoAction Partners will be following up on is to create a platform for sharing carbon footprint reduction ideas throughout the community by business owners/managers, homeowners, and anyone else.  It will be a method of communicating, encouraging and finding others with the same passion to accomplish a project in the community.  Also, a few new participants signed up their businesses for a consultation soon to become certified – we welcome them!

Many thanks to La Cocina for providing a delicious local organic lunch!!!  Much gratitude to all who participated – 10 businesses were represented, with a total of about 15 people.  We are excited to build on the momentum created!