Office for Resource Efficiency staff recently attended the Colorado Energy Forum presented by U.S. Senator Mark Udall. The forum highlighted Colorado’s Energy Plan and showcased the state’s collaborative approach to energy development and innovation. Senator Udall’s goal is to take what is happening in the State of Colorado and apply that as a model for the rest of the country.
What's Going on at ORE [Blog]
It has been an interesting week here at ORE. Murtaza is steadily showing me the ropes pertaining to Energy Smart. My job this week was to organize and update Energy Smart's home auditing system data spread sheet. It has been a privilege deciphering the differences in efficient housing opposed to structures that display poor energy consumption. I am beginning to understand the benefits of investing in energy efficient utilities and sustainable building science techniques such as proper insulation, lighting, heating/cooling, ventilation, and moisture control.
This week at ORE I collaborated with the Local Farms First Market Manager Amy Konash to help with various social media networking. In doing this I became familiar with the importance of supporting local growers. Local Farms First is an online farmers market that distributes locally grown food to Gunnison and Crested Butte. It is a convenient way to support local businesses and gain a better understanding of farm to table operations.
Waste Guides have been distributed! As of Friday June 20th every resident in Gunnison County will have received a Waste Guide in the mail. This pamphlet displays healthy, mindful ways of reducing, reusing, recycling, and composting left overs. This will allow residents access to understanding the appropriate ways of which to dispose different waste. Some of these waste items include technology, batteries, oil, paint, foam, and other man made products. The Waste Guide is a jump in the right direction allowing for our resilient community to thrive and remain secure.
Spanning numerous Electronics Recycling events, the Office for Resource Efficiency (ORE), the Town of Crested Butte, the City of Gunnison and Western State Colorado University have brought together residents of Gunnison and Hinsdale Counties to protect our environment and keep our landfills free of toxic electronic waste. Since January 2013, we have responsibly recycled a total of 105,702 pounds of electronics in the Gunnison Valley!