Being surrounded by the beauty of nature inspires a lot of thought and action around how to preserve it for generations to come. Here are some resources for creating action around sustainability:
- High Country Conservation Center was founded in 1976 as the Summit Recycling Project (SRP) as “a non-profit educational-experimental organization to promote resource recovery and to reduce wastefulness.” The program flourished for seven years as founder, Tim McClure and volunteers collected recyclable materials from county residents and began to foster the conservation ethic that still exists today. High Country Conservation Center’s current focus areas include waste reduction, energy efficiency and clean energy, water conservation, and sustainable food production. Their programs include Composting in the Schools, home energy audits and ratings, community gardens and sustainable business programs. HC3 is a great resource/information guide regarding community raised garden beds.
- Since 2014, the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization has been working to keep the interior west a special place by bringing about climate action in the region, especially in their home state of Colorado, and by building support for climate action in the region and across the nation.
- Xcel Energy has programs for businesses and residential energy consumers, which tackle everything from lighting and heating rebates to solar gardens.
- DSIRE is the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewable energy and energy efficiency in the United States. Consider it your one stop shop for programs of this type. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University and is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.
- Renewable Choice is a leading global provider of customized clean energy products and services to the commercial, industrial, and institutional (C&I) sector.
- The Colorado Carbon Fund began in 2007 as a “key component in the State of Colorado’s Climate Action Plan”. It started as a collaborative project between the Governor’s Energy Office (now the Colorado Energy Office) and the Climate Trust, a non-profit based in Portland, Oregon, aimed to advance four main objectives in Colorado: 1) Develop a funding source for clean energy and climate mitigation projects; 2) Provide direct investment towards Colorado-based projects; 3) Support the State’s Climate Action Plan in mitigating the effects of climate change; and 4) Provide high-quality offsets for individuals, businesses, and government agencies seeking to mitigate their carbon footprints.
- The State of Colorado Energy Office’s mission is to help Coloradans live more prosperous and healthy lives by promoting innovative energy production and efficient energy consumption practices that are beneficial to the economic and environmental health of the state. Their site has some great resources including information on the State’s weatherization assistance program for residential units.