Telluride Green Grants Award Recipients Announced

Earlier this year, the Town of Telluride, along with EcoAction Partners as the administrator, sought applications for Telluride Green Grants, an exciting new grant program for local non-profit, commercial, and residential capital projects focused on delivering measurable reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions within the Telluride community.

The grant program received 14 applications requesting over $200,000 in total, which made the process for awarding the available $50,000 budget very competitive. In the end, the review committee based their selection on immediate results, tangible and measurable outcomes, higher matching of funds, comfort for residents and energy reduction in the building stock, and support to existing operations that are already providing some level of impact to reduce GHGs.

Grants were awarded to the following organizations/individuals:

The Butcher & The Baker: A bear-proof trailer to transport a larger volume of food waste from the restaurant to their family farm for composting. San Miguel Resource Center: Weatherization projects to make their space more energy efficient. Wilkin Court HOA: Replacement of furnaces for a portion of the units. KOTO Radio: Window replacements recommended by a recent Energy Audit. Planet Bluegrass: Solar charging stations for festival campers. New San Juan HOA: Electric car chargers in two public parking spaces behind the New San Juan building. Viking Lodge HOA: Window replacement and weatherization services. West Willow HOA: Condo insulation. The Ticsay Family: Window repair/replacement.

“It was inspiring to see all of these creative and well-thought-out projects,” says Heather Knox, Executive Director of EcoAction Partners. “Thank you very much to the Town of Telluride for offering this program to help the Telluride community reduce their carbon footprint!”

Funding for the grant program came directly from the Telluride Energy Mitigation Program (TEMP), a program that requires mitigation of energy used by exterior energy systems installed on new construction projects such as driveway snowmelt systems, heated garages, and exterior pools and spas. If energy used by these systems is not mitigated through on-site renewable energy, then a fee in-lieu of mitigation is required to allow the Town to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions on behalf of the project.

A special thank you to the many who applied and congratulations to all of the grant recipients!

GREENLIGHTS is Coming to a Farmers Market Near You

EcoAction Partners is pleased to announce the launch of the 2019 GREENLIGHTS program, an LED light bulb rebate program sponsored by the San Miguel Power Association (SMPA) and local municipalities. The program will launch June 1 and will run through June 29, 2019.

New to the program: the extremely discounted LED light bulbs will be available at your local Farmers Market, so when you go to pick up your fresh produce, you can also purchase LED light bulbs – many for just $1! Participating regional Farmers Markets include Telluride, Mountain Village, Norwood, and Nucla.

“We are thrilled to offer GREENLIGHTS again to the local community and now through local Farmers Markets,” says Heather Knox, Executive Director of EcoAction Partners. “Our mission is to encourage regional residents and businesses to switch over to LED light bulbs to save money, reduce energy, and ultimately reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions,” says Knox.

Funding for GREENLIGHTS comes from SMPA, local governments, and the Telluride Foundation. Purchasers will need to bring their SMPA bill or have the SMPA Smart Hub app on their phone to verify their service address and SMPA account number.

“There are many perks that come with switching over to LED light bulbs,” says Knox. “It has been reported that each LED light bulb can save you between $30 and $80 in electricity costs over the lifetime of the bulb. To put this into perspective, think about how many light bulbs your home or business currently uses, and then think about how much you could save if you switched over to LED light bulbs,” says Knox.

SMPA supports the GREENLIGHTS special promotional program by allowing the SMPA light bulb rebates to be assessed at the time of purchase. Further, local municipalities are matching 50 percent of the SMPA rebate. A special thank you the Town of Telluride, Mountain Village, Ridgway, and Ouray, as well as San Miguel and Ouray Counties for supporting this funding match. Also a special thank you to the Telluride Foundation that provides funding for west-end residents in Paradox, Nucla and Naturita in lieu of Montrose County funding.

For more information about the program, dates of regional Farmers Markets, LED light bulb selection and pricing, and what to bring to verify your SMPA account number click here.

New Grant Program Supports Local Businesses and Residents In Reducing Carbon Footprint

The Town of Telluride is pleased to announce Telluride Green Grants, an exciting new grant program that supports local residents and businesses alike in reducing their carbon footprint.

Funded by the Town of Telluride and administered by EcoAction Partners, Telluride Green Grants is available for non-profit, commercial, and residential capital projects that deliver measurable greenhouse gas reduction for the Town of Telluride. Grants of $500 to $40,000 are available, and applications open March 15 and are due by May 17, 2019.

Funding for the grants comes directly from the Telluride Energy Mitigation Program (TEMP), a program that requires mitigation of energy used by exterior energy systems installed on new construction projects such as driveway snowmelt systems, heated garages, and exterior pools and spas. If energy used by these systems is not mitigated through on-site renewable energy, then a fee in-lieu of mitigation is required to allow the Town to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions on behalf of the project.  

“We are thrilled that Telluride is taking the initiative to implement this grant program for the community,” says Heather Knox, Executive Director of EcoAction Partners. “We are hopeful that it will encourage and reenergize locals to think of new and creative ways to reduce their carbon footprint.”

The Town of Telluride government has been tracking and mitigating its greenhouse gas emissions since 2003. In 2009, Town officials adopted the Colorado Climate Action Plan 2020 Goal of reducing GHG emissions 20 percent from 2005 levels for the Town government, and achieved this goal in 2012. Through the assistance of RECs purchased from the Ridgway Hydro Dam, the Town government has also been carbon neutral since 2014.

“After the Town of Telluride government reached its goal of becoming carbon neutral in 2014, we saw this grant program as a great opportunity to help the community as a whole to become carbon neutral,” says Council member Todd Brown. “If you have been thinking of a project to help offset the community’s greenhouse gas emissions, we encourage you to apply,” says Brown. 

Telluride community’s total estimated GHG emissions are at approximately 59,600 mtCO2e annually. In 2017, Town officials agreed to update the community’s goal to become “carbon neutral”. In efforts to reach this goal, the Telluride community has been steadily making progress in decreasing emissions through increasing renewable electricity use, improving building energy efficiency for new construction and remodels, and through programs administered by EcoAction Partners, San Miguel Power Association, Black Hills Energy, and other community organizations.  

Telluride Green Grants is modeled after the successful San Miguel County Green Grants program that was offered in 2014, and resulted in the implementation of 19 projects that cumulatively reduce GHG emissions by more than 350 mtCO2e annually. Suggested project application ideas include: net-zero building construction, existing building insulation and weatherization actions, boiler and furnace replacements, renewable energy installations, waste reduction projects, and transportation-related fuel reduction efforts.  Other creative projects are encouraged to apply! 

For more information click here.