Grand & Jackson County Energy Strategy


On June 10, 2010, twelve team members from Jackson and Grand County began the process of developing an Energy Strategy for the region. The questions on the cover of this Strategy are those that they asked about energy use in our region at the first meeting.

While the planning process has been a local effort, the impetus and funding came from the federal level. In 2007 President Bush signed the Energy Independence and Security Act which established the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program (EECBG). The program supports the “deployment of the cheapest, cleanest, and most reliable energy technologies we have—energy efficiency and conservation—across the country”

In 2009, the EECBG program was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Grand County Business and Economic Development Association applied for and was awarded grant funding for non-entitled2 EECBG communities through the Governor’s Energy Office to support the development of a regional Energy Strategy for Grand and Jackson Counties. Read More

Plastic Bag Facts

Disposable Plastic Bags:

According to the Town of Breckenridge, less than 5% of the over 2 Billion Disposable Plastic Bags used annually in Colorado are recycled.

The Wall Street Journal reports that we use about 200 Billion disposable plastic bags EVERY YEAR in the United States. They also report that getting consumers to change their shopping habits and actually use their re-useable bags often only happens when there is “a personal reward…associated with the change”. Learn more HERE.

“Plastics, like Diamonds, are forever!” say researchers at the Algalita Marine Research Foundation, “Plastic goes through a process called photodegradation, where sunlight breaks it into smaller and smaller pieces, all of which are still plastic polymers.” Also: “all plastic introduced into [the] marine environment remains there, getting smaller but never breaking apart” As the plastic breaks down, it enters the food chain on a molecular level. Learn more HERE.

Colorado Initiatives & Legislation:

Telluride, Colorado has banned plastic bags and charges a $.10 bag fee for the use/ distribution of paper bags in city limits. Learn more HERE.

Breckenridge, Colorado has instituted a plastic bag fee similar to the one potentially proposed in Fraser. Learn more about the details HERE and HERE. To see a copy of their ordinance, click HERE.

Aspen bans plastic bags. Learn more HERE.

The City of Boulder has instituted a $.10 disposable plastic bag fee. Learn more HERE. Read the ordinance HERE.

State Measures & Initiatives:

Oregon Senate Bill 113 seeks to regulate single-use checkout bags in the state of Oregon. Learn more HERE.

Providence, RI, STATE HOUSE, April 4, 2013 – Environment Rhode Island yesterday presented lawmakers with more than 7,300 signatures on a petition in support of legislation to ban plastic bags at store checkouts in Rhode Island. Learn more HERE.

Arkansas State Representative Denny Altes has introduced a bill into the Arkansas General Assembly to ban single-use plastic bags in food stores. Lear more HERE.

Learn about pending and passed State legislation HERE.

Plastic Bags Fatal for Marine Mammals

Learn how more than a hundred plastic bags and other ocean debris helped contribute to the death of this Sperm Whale in the Mediterranean HERE.

ECO Roadshow 2013

2013 marks the birth of the ECO Roadshow –

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Grand County Colorado’s own Sustainability Fair. Infinite West will be collaborating with Cooper Creek Square to bring you live entertainment, sustainability education, puppet shows for the kids, and other fun activities.

The ECO Roadshow is a collaborative sustainability event, bringing environmentally conscious businesses and non-profits together with the public for the purpose of education for all ages. The event is being held in conjunction with a Solshine Music Festival weekend and is designed to promote a Greener Grand County.

2-4 Live Music with Afro-Pop Ensemble, Nokuthula

Cooper Creek Square will be providing and funding a stage with local musicians and entertainment!

11-1 Rocky Mountain Puppet Show

These puppet characters by ventriloquist Meghan Casey come to life! The show promises to be a magical and totally realistic interaction between Meghan and her characters. Expect to feel good and laugh a lot. This puppet show will feature an ecological and planet-friendly theme.

1-2 Magician

11-4 Sustainability Education Booths & Demonstrations

Infinite West is coordinating educational booths & vendors, with the intention of raising awareness on sustainability issues & strategies, as well as promoting Green Business in Grand County. We will draw from local resources, as well as bringing in outside technologies and advocates to show in the event.

Thank you to our ECO Roadshow Sponsors!


Infinite West is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, located at the headwaters of the Colorado River in Grand County, Colorado

The Congress – Live Music

Join us Friday January 9 for Live Music at Smokin’ Moes in Cooper Creek Square

$5 – Part of proceeds benefit Infinite West!


Permaculture Talk

Don’t miss this week’s upcoming lecture on Permaculture from University Centers of San Miguel’s Director of Sustainability, Robyn Thiel Wilson.

This lecture and discussion will be held at Grandma Miller’s
Thursday, October 11, 7:00 pm
What is Permaculture?
“Permaculture is the art of creating living ecosystems that imitate Nature to provide food, fuel and shelter for humans. With permaculture, it is possible for people to regenerate and enhance the places where they live and work.” – High Altitude Permaculture

Robyn Wilson was the Executive Director for the University Centers of the San Miguel for the past four years and is now excited to focus on Sustainability and College Studies. Robyn worked as the Peace Corps Recruiter for Northern Arizona and attended graduate school at Northern Arizona University where she graduated in 2007 with a Master of Arts in Sustainable Communities and a Master in Bilingual Multicultural Education.  She received a Bachelor in International Business from University of Wisconsin Whitewater.  In 2000, Robyn joined the Peace Corps as a Municipal Development volunteer in El Salvador.  “Because of my training, I am always seeking an opportunity to apply my knowledge of the environment, sustainable development, and second language training to the areas of education and community outreach. Through my actions, I seek to facilitate the empowerment of people to become healthy and proactive citizens.”  She continues to enjoy traveling, enjoying the mountains and rivers of the Southwest, and spending time with her husband.

Please RSVP, as spaces are limited.

2012 Local Green Gift Guide Product Registration

Businesses can feature a Green Product in our 2012 Local Green Gift Guide for holiday shopping. The purpose of this guide is to provide locally available sustainable options for shoppers during the holidays. The guide is free to featured businesses, as long as you meet our cirteria for a sustainable, ‘green’ product (criteria are listed in the following form). The guide is free to the public to download or print. This is a service provided by Infinite West. Have a look at our 2010 Green Gift Guide here.

Fill out the form below to submit your featured product for the 2012 Infinite West Green Gift Guide. Guides will be released by December 7, 2012. Products without photographs will not be considered. Tell us how your product is considered sustainable and ‘green’, using the following criteria list and comment forms. Be sure to leave as much contact information as possible.

Please submit a clear 330 dpi photograph of your product to the email below. Contact with any questions.

Granby Rotary & Middle School to Celebrate Earth Day

Earth Day in Granby May 17 2012

In what is becoming a long-standing tradition in Grand County, Earth Day will be celebrated one month late. This could be attributed to the old saying, ‘Grand County Time’, but actually it has much more to to with what the weather might do at 9000 feet on April 22, the traditional global day for celebrating the earth. As Kristie DeLay said: “Who knew the weather would have been so nice that we could have celebrated this year on the actual day?”

Kristie is the committee chair for the Granby Rotary’s Earth Day festivities, which this year include activities with the 6th Graders in East Grand Middle School. The day will include tree planting, trash cleanup, and a presentation by the students. The event is scheduled for Thursday, May 17th at the school.

Infinite West’s Vicky Burton, fearless leader of the ‘Red Hand Team’ cleans up Trash and Recycling with East Grand Middle Schoolers on Granby Earth Day! (photo courtesy of T.H.J. Hodsdon)

Infinite West is proud to be helping with a sponsorship of the event. We also look forward to volunteering at this event and learning with the kids the importance of nurturing and caring for our planet. Volunteers are needed from 12-4 on May 17th, or the evening of May 16th to help dig holes for trees to be planted. If you would like to join as a volunteer, please contact Infinite West.

Earth Day: The History of A Movement

(from Earth Day Network)

Each year, Earth Day — April 22 — marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.

The height of hippie and flower-child culture in the United States, 1970 brought the death of Jimi Hendrix, the last Beatles album, and Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water”. Protest was the order of the day, but saving the planet was not the cause. War raged in Vietnam, and students nationwide increasingly opposed it.

At the time, Americans were slurping leaded gas through massive V8 sedans. Industry belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of legal consequences or bad press. Air pollution was commonly accepted as the smell of prosperity. “Environment” was a word that appeared more often in spelling bees than on the evening news.  Although mainstream America remained oblivious to environmental concerns, the stage had been set for change by the publication of Rachel Carson’s New York Times bestseller Silent Spring in 1962.  The book represented a watershed moment for the modern environmental movement, selling more than 500,000 copies in 24 countries and, up until that moment, more than any other person, Ms. Carson raised public awareness and concern for living organisms, the environment and public health.

Earth Day 1970 capitalized on the emerging consciousness, channeling the energy of the anti-war protest movement and putting environmental concerns front and center.

12:30 p.m. Earth Day. One half-hour after moratorium on car engines, Fifth Ave. is mobbed. Photo: New York Daily News / Frank Castoral

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 Spirit of the Lake Regatta, Chiller Caterpillar, Crews & Brews Festival

Saturday, August 27, Grand Lake, Colorado — Spirit of the Lake Regatta, Chiller Caterpillar Race, and Crews and Brews Festival

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Some of the proceeds from these events will go toward conservation efforts for the Colorado River Headwaters.

This regatta is staged on Grand Lake (once known as Spirit Lake) at an elevation of 8,437 feet. Grand Lake, located in north-central Colorado, is a friendly, historic mountain town near Rocky Mountain National Park. Grand Lake is the highest, largest natural lake in Colorado at the base of majestic Mt. Baldy.

There will be a staggered start exhibition Head Race first. The Teams will be timed over the course and results will be posted (after all teams have completed the race) in the Infinite West booth in Town Park. There will be awards for the fastest times in each category. Get Registered!
Entry fee for the Head Race is $25 per person. After Aug.25, entry fee is $30 per person.

Kayaks & Paddle Boards:
Kayaks and Paddle Boards will start immediately after the rowing regatta. The race course will be an out-and back course to a single buoy. The course will be shorter than that of the crew race – this is an ‘Exhibition’ paddle board race with a mile-long course +/-
Following the race at 1:00pm enjoy the Grand Lake Brew Fest and Colorado Beers! All racers will receive $10 off of the $25 event fee.

This Zany Fun Race has very few rules:
–Entry fee for Chiller Caterpillar is $25 per Individual or Team.
–ANY non-motorized water craft may enter–especially those you make yourself.
–Entries must be assembled on the water near the Town Dock on race day by race time.
–Teams/entrants MAY ONLY USE THEIR HANDS to DIRECTLY PROPEL the craft–NO paddles, oars or motors allowed!
–All entrants Must wear PFDs (life jackets) or be immediately disqualified–No Exceptions.
–An awards ceremony will be held in Town Park following the races with prizes for ‘Fastest Craft’, ‘Best Theme’, ‘Best Dressed Team’, and ‘Best Dressed Boat’–so bring your costumes and your cameras!
There are other awards too, so get your team and your craft ready and Get Registered!

Registration and Check-in will also be available for all racers on August 26 from 12:00 – 7:00pm at the Grand Lake Chamber office, 14700 U.S. Highway 34, Grand Lake, Colorado. For directions, click here.

Boat Rigging/Drop off August 26th – 3:00pm to 9:00 pm at Lake Park:
From the entrance to Grand Lake–from HWY 34 and the Grand lake Chamber Welcome Center, continue straight on West Portal Road. This road turns toward the right (toward town), but continue straight on West Portal Road toward the East Inlet Public Boat Launch area. (look for directional signage). At the very first stop sign, turn right onto Garfield Street. Continue toward the bottom of the hill and turn left onto Park Avenue. Go straight on Park Avenue then, turn right onto Hancock Street. Go straight at the stop sign and continue toward the Lake. Parking will be marked for trailers and boat storage.

Get your Regatta gear here.

Thank You to Sponsors

Contact Info:
E: Infinite West
P: (970) 531-6073
Registration Deadline:

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