Green Projects Grant
THE GREEN PROJECTS GRANT PROGRAM
EcoAction Partners and San Miguel County created a grant program to make strategic improvements to measurably reduce greenhouse gases by prioritizing energy efficiency. San Miguel County gave $100,000 as a one-time energy impact fee along with solicited incentive grants to residents, businesses, municipalities, and schools. 19 applicants out 24 were awarded reimbursable grants.
Public projects that benefited numerous people were prioritized for funding by ten to one over projects for individuals. Of the 19 incentive grant awards, one project denied the grant due to a lack of additional funding to complete the entire project (Telluride Town Park Swimming Pool). Additionally, another project, a web based “ride-share” program, is difficult to quantify greenhouse gas emission reduction until the program is utilized by the community. Therefore, it has been removed from the total greenhouse gas emission reduction calculations for the Green Projects Grant Program.
The remaining seventeen projects are all specific, tangible, and measurable projects, such as LED lighting retrofits in the gondola terminals, and Telluride School District parking lots. These seventeen projects will collectively reduce greenhouse gases by over 1 million pounds of carbon (1,051,991) annually for a 15–30 year lifespan.
PROJECTS THAT HAVE BEEN COMPLETED TO-DATE
Natural Gas Forced Air Heating System for Norwood Residence
This project involved the removal and replacement of a direct vent coal burning furnace which had been in use since the 1950’s in a 105 year old home. Thanks to San Miguel County and EcoAction Partners, this family in Norwood now has a highly efficient, natural gas forced air heating system that heats their home very well.
Ah Haa School for the Arts
The Ah Haa School for the Arts completed an LED lighting upgrade throughout the historic Depot building that will save an estimated 26,987 pounds of carbon annually for the life of the bulbs (approximately 20+ years). The quality of light is better in the gallery and classrooms, and because of the long lifespan of the bulbs, the upgrade will save staff time previously required for changing light bulbs. CLICK HERE to read more about Ah Haa's new 'green' lighting at the art walk!
Telluride Historical Museum
Our Smithsonian accredited Telluride Historical Museum installed special insulating interior windows that meet historic design standards, creating a second barrier for the single-pane windows. Not only will this save heating costs for the Town of Telluride-owned building, it also helps maintain humidity levels required for the historic documents and items on display. This project will reduce an estimated 18,529 pounds of carbon annually for 25 years.
Town of Ophir
The Town of Ophir has a goal to offset 100% of the energy use from their governmental building. Two Green Grants were applied for and awarded to help Ophir meet its goal: a window and door replacement for energy efficiency, and a photovoltaic installation. The photovoltaic project has been completed. The two combined projects will make the Ophir meeting room much more comfortable on cold, windy Ophir nights when their general assembly meets, and reduce carbon emissions by 3,915 pounds annually for approximately 25 years.
Projects slated to be completed in 2016 include energy efficiency upgrades for two non-profit organizations (KOTO and TSSC), and a residential replacement of a coal-burning furnace.
Energy and greenhouse gas emission savings, along with other benefits, will continue to be tracked for the grant program going forward.