Month: December 2011

Volunteer Recycling Saturdays in Granby

Help us keep recycling alive and well in Grand County! We are collaborating with Valley Recycling & Disposal and Curbside Recycling to offer volunteer-based recycling at Country ACE Hardware (map) every Saturday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Bring your recycling and hang out with us for a couple of hours to help direct people to the proper bins. It’s easy, fun and a great way to meet progressive thinkers in the community! Contact: email or call Tommy Harris, Director at (970) 531-6054.

What Can You Recycle at Country Ace Hardware?

  • Glass Bottles & Jars – All Colors (please no windows, plate glass, or any other non-container glass!)
  • Plastic Containers 1-7 (Please remove lids!)
  • Plastic Bags
  • Clean Aluminum Cans &  Aluminum Foil (please separate from tin cans)
  • Tin Cans
  • Scrap Metal
  • Cardboard – Including: Corrugated, Paper Board, Cereal Boxes and Egg Cartons
  • Mixed Paper – Including: Paper Bags, Newspaper, Magazines and (please no Wrapping Paper! the Coating will not allow us to recycle it locally)
  • You can recycle Plastic Air Pillows! (those packaging pillows for shipping) You can either pre-pop them (fun for the whole family) or pop them on-site with the help of a friendly volunteer. Last Saturday we did a snow dance while deflating.

2011 President’s Report

2011 President’s Report

Dear Friend of Infinite West,

Thank you for your ever-increasing support of our efforts to help chart a course for sustainable community action in the rural Colorado Rocky Mountains. Our organization has had an incredible year. Our byword this year is one I am proud of: focus. I am blessed to volunteer beside an incredibly talented and devoted Board of Directors. They have carried this organization to a new and exciting place. I can honestly say that we are making a difference in the way our communities view themselves, and their direction in the future. We are seeing concepts of economic, cultural and environmental sustainability incorporated into discussions on many levels throughout our county.

In 2011, we have accomplished the following:

  • Created and added to a growing collection of Sustainability Resources in our local libraries (see our website for a list of titles now available);
  • Carried on an important tradition of respecting the health of our planet through Grand County’s 2nd Annual Earth Day Celebration;
  • Engaged in the first-ever sustainability dialog with a land developer to advocate Sustainable Development, before their Master Plan was proposed to a local entity;
  • Partnered with Safeway and City Market to raise funds for our efforts;
  • Partnered with Terracycle to raise Funds for Local Schools through up-cycling waste;
  • Hosted the Spirit of the Lake Regatta to raise funds and awareness toward Upper Colorado River Headwaters Conservation;
  • Partnered with Valley Recycling and Disposal, Curbside Recycling, Country ACE Hardware and the Grand Resource and Recycling Coalition to provide weekly Volunteer Recycling Collection in Granby
  • Kicked off the Grow/Buy/Eat Local Campaign (G[o] BE LOCAL) to promote local growers, producers and manufacturers who offer quality, healthy alternatives for consumers who want to support their local economy, in ways that protect our environmental future.

Thank you to all of our volunteers for being there – these efforts would never have happened without you. I am so impressed at what these dedicated volunteers have been able to accomplish.

Our projects in 2011 feel like just the tip of the iceberg. Each one will need even more focus and commitment to reach its potential in 2012. We need your help to make these things happen next year:

  • Bring knowledgeable Speakers to Grand County to increase our understanding and awareness of relevant issues, in conjunction with increased availability of Library Resources (sponsorships available);
  • Continue our involvement in Measured and Rational Growth in Grand County;
  • Stand up for rational and forward-thinking use of our Limited Water Supply;
  • Expand our School Fundraising efforts through recycling;
  • Create increased opportunities for supplying and marketing Local Foods;
  • Make events like Earth Day and the Spirit of the Lake Regatta better than ever before;
  • Provide a focused Staff Member to carry forward our mission;
  • Help us Raise Funds to make these things to happen!

With your support, we have an opportunity to imbue our communities with a pervasive sense that decisions and strategies for growth should reflect sustainable principals. Collectively, we can make choices that not only increase our prosperity, but simultaneously enhance our way of life, while protecting the environment. These three things will only increase the value of the future that we create for generations to come. Please join me in these efforts to create a sustainable future here, in our mountain communities. It is a goal worth fighting for.

Sincerely,

Timothy H.J. Hodsdon

President, Infinite West Board of Directors

Alliance for Sustainable Colorado Releases 2011 Report

The 2011 Statewide Sustainability Roundtable brought leaders from government, nonprofit, business, and education sectors together to develop messages for  sustainability initiatives that could be used statewide to engage people in our work. Be sure to read the final report and check out the presentations and videos from the roundtable here.

To access the Statewide Sustainability Roundtable Report, click here.

The Alliance has identified these 3 priorities for 2012:

  • Continue developing regional sustainability councils across the state.
  • Coordinate information sharing and messaging strategies between regional councils.
  • Organize 5-6 regional roundtable sustainability meetings and the annual Statewide Sustainability Roundtable in November 2012.

Infinite West has been in communication with the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado regarding the best way to promote sustainability efforts in Northwestern Colorado, including how to bolster our efforts locally, through Infinite West, to accomplish our own goals in 2012:

  • Bring knowledgeable Speakers to Grand County to increase our understanding and awareness of relevant issues, in conjunction with increased availability of Library Resources (sponsorships available);
  • Continue our involvement in Measured and Rational Growth in Grand County;
  • Stand up for rational and forward-thinking use of our Limited Water Supply;
  • Expand our School Fundraising efforts through recycling;
  • Create increased opportunities for supplying and marketing Local Foods;
  • Make events like Earth Day and the Spirit of the Lake Regatta better than ever before;
  • Provide a focused Staff Member to carry forward our mission;
  • Help us Raise Funds to make these things to happen!

If you would like to join these efforts, become a member and volunteer! We are also looking for qualified people to serve on our Board of Directors, to help carry this organization forward to the next level of service to our community. Please contact Marie Hedrick about joining Infinite West, volunteering for one of our events, or serving on the board.

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