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Clean Energy Collective

Posted July 2, 2010 | 13:14:30 (EST)

I first heard about the Clean Energy Collective last month at the 2010 Alliance for Sustainable Colorado Regional Sustainability Roundtable in Rifle.

It sounded intriguing, so I did a little research.

The collective provides a way to decrease your carbon footprint, combat climate change and save...

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Small Business Tool to Reduce Carbon Footprint

Posted June 19, 2010 | 18:25:05 (EST)

At the 2010 Alliance for Sustainable Colorado Regional Sustainability Roundtable in Rifle last month, I was introduced to a very intriguing new venture.

Natural Capitalism Solutions is scheduled to release Solutions @ the Speed of Business on July 15. This innovative online software package...

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Sustainability Roundtable Great Use of Time

Posted June 15, 2010 | 17:16:45 (EST)

On May 26, I attended the 2010 Alliance for Sustainable Colorado Regional Sustainability Roundtable in Rifle. Grand Junction was well represented with 17 of the 65 event participants hailing from the Grand Valley.

You may not be aware that Rifle is on the cutting edge of sustainability measures....

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Surprising Gas Rig Tour

Posted June 10, 2010 | 16:35:01 (EST)

Williams natural gas Rig #280 was not what I expected. Catching up with the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce Rig Tour on May 25, I braced myself for a loud, assaultive experience.

The reality was just the opposite. The site of the rig was a...

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JUCO Fever in Grand Junction

Posted June 2, 2010 | 16:45:18 (EST)

Across our great nation Memorial Day weekend is celebrated with various traditions. In Grand Junction, Colorado this time of year means just one thing: JUCO.

For the last 52 years the Junior College World Series of baseball has been played at Suplizio Field in the largest city between...

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The Carbon Offset Future

Posted May 25, 2010 | 13:00:29 (EST)

Ten months ago, I wrote about legislation in Washington that would bring about a clean energy economy.

Finally, the powers that be in D.C. are tackling the issue again with the American Power Act introduced in the Senate by Democrats John Kerry and Joe Lieberman on May 12.

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Greening School District #51

Posted May 19, 2010 | 11:26:07 (EST)

Mesa County Valley School District 51 is taking major steps down the road to sustainability and getting recognition for doing so.

Earlier this month, Trane presented the district with an award for being a leader in energy efficiency in education after working with the energy conservation...

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A One-of-a-Kind Hybrid Power Plant by Xcel Energy

Posted April 27, 2010 | 20:22:00 (EST)

Mesa County, famous for mesas, monuments and memories, also is home to the only hybrid solar-coal plant demonstration project in the world.

Located at Xcel Energy's Cameo Generating Station north of Interstate 70 just east of Palisade, the Colorado Integrated Solar Project came on...

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Tribute to Mom, 20 Years Out

Posted April 5, 2010 | 14:55:19 (EST)

This past weekend I lit a Yahrtzeit candle in memory of the 20th anniversary of my mother's death. Looking through the file I pull out this time of year to reminisce, I found a piece I wrote in the middle of the night almost 20 years ago. Amazingly, it still...

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Health Insurance Hell

Posted February 26, 2010 | 13:36:58 (EST)

Just thinking about health insurance makes me sick. I live in Grand Junction, Colorado, an area touted as a model of functional health care. That's why President Obama selected this venue for one of his Town Hall Meetings last summer.

So far I haven't been asked to testify before any...

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Economic Roads Less Traveled

Posted November 10, 2009 | 14:02:41 (EST)

Exit polls from recent elections in Virginia and New Jersey showed the vast majority of voters are anxious about the direction of our nation's economy. They should be worried because our present economic path is not sustainable.

"The Economics of Peace" conference in late October, sponsored by Praxis Peace...

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Toward a New Economy

Posted November 2, 2009 | 11:12:39 (EST)

I had the good fortune to travel to Sonoma, California late October to attend "The Economics of Peace" sponsored by Praxis Peace Institute and RSF Social Finance.

This mind-blowing conference shattered any illusions I had about having a handle on my personal investment situation and taught me more than I...

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Moving From Lack to Hope

Posted October 16, 2009 | 16:19:38 (EST)

Born in 1944, Frances Moore Lappé is a humorous, energetic dynamo. This one-woman hope machine exudes optimism and is my new hero.

I am still amazed such an internationally famous woman graced our small burg with her presence. Lappé's talk was part of the 29th Annual Western Colorado Congress meeting...

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Energy Primer for Western Colorado

Posted October 12, 2009 | 14:12:24 (EST)

Reflecting on last month's 2009 Mesa State College Energy Management Symposium in Grand Junction, I find a certain irony in the fact I rode my bicycle to the event.

Before attending I was sorely lacking in knowledge about the business of oil and gas, in spite of living in an...

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No More Plastic Water Bottles

Posted October 6, 2009 | 15:53:41 (EST)

It is time to stop the insanity and you can help! I am referring to the madness of purchasing water in single-use, disposable plastic bottles. In spite of the convenience, this is a crazy concept and we must put an end to it.

You may ask, "What's so...

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The View From Western Colorado

Posted September 16, 2009 | 02:33:12 (EST)

Welcome to the Grand Valley of Western Colorado, a land of many contradictions. Jaw-dropping scenery is interspersed with numerous oil and gas patches. A semi-arid landscape, this area relies on the magic of irrigation and still manages to produce some of the best peaches, corn and wine in the...

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