Sustaining Natural Resources

(08-13-2010)

ASC Community Partnerships is sponsoring a workshop on how the San Luis Valley economy can benefit from promoting energy efficiency. Organizations with missions to assist in sustainability of natural resources are presenting a diversity of information from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1, in Adams State College Porter Hall Room 130.

Jeanna Puluzzi, SLV Energy coordinator, will facilitate the workshop related to the Governor's Energy Office (GEO) Main Street program. The GEO has developed the Main Street Energy initiative, to encourage business community participation in Colorado's New Energy Economy. This workshop is designed for economic development councils, chambers of commerce, business owners, builders and contractors, commercial property owners and the financial community. Please come to this training and brainstorming session prepared to talk. There will be funding available through a prescriptive grant program GEO will launch in the near future.

Sustainable Economic and Environmental Development (SEED) Park, International Representative, Roger Doane, update attendees on the progress of the SEED project. The SEED Park is designed to locate businesses together who will utilize each other's waste in order to raise each other's capacity and achieve a near zero waste business development model. The project was initially sponsored by Resource Conservation & Development and is now operating independently. After nearly three years, the SEED Park project team has achieved many accomplishments, which will be shared at this public meeting.

EarthNest and Wander Dog films will introduce plans to create a film documentary of water stories as told by San Luis Valley community members. The result will provide a human perspective to these intricate issues in a format that is accessible nationwide and globally, is entertaining to a wide audience, and is informative and educational.

Each segment of this top quality five-part HD-TV series will be told from different perspectives, with real life stories from farmers and ranchers, water management authorities and scientists, naturalists, fish and wildlife managers, landowners and residents, as well as from community leaders, legislators and politicians. The story will unfold honestly through the eyes of its characters -- no filmmaker agendas, just the words of those whose daily lives are affected by the condition of rivers, watersheds, reservoirs, and irrigation ditches.

This event is free and open to the public. In order to plan for handouts, seating and refreshments please RSVP at 719-587-8209.