Statewide Sustainability Round Table

Infinite West will be sending representatives to this year’s Sustainability Round Table, held at Denver University, hosted by the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado. We are grateful to support from the Grand County Board of Commissioners for sponsoring our attendance at this event.

The focus of this year’s round table is energy, with speakers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Rocky Mountain Institute, and the Center for the New Energy Economy. Click here to view Energy Studies provided by the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado.

Safeway Cards for Sustainability

You can help Infinite West financially and painlessly by using Safeway Gift Cards attached to Infinite West. Safeway donates 5% of your purchase to Infinite West without you having to pay a thing! Prepaid $10 cards can be obtained from any IW Board Member and can be [reloaded] for any amount from $5 to $500 at the register (including self checkout) BEFORE you start checking out.

These cards can be reloaded and used at any Safeway store, even in Hawaii! They can also be used at Vons, Carrs, Dominick’s, Pavilions Geninardi’s, Tom Thumb and Randalls so if you are traveling, please remember to take us along. People have reported that they like the cards to help with their food budgeting and tracking. Thanks for you help.


Book Suggestion

In the spirit of the autumn harvest, we recommend Back to Basics, A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills, by Abigail R. Gehring. This book is part of the expanding Infinite West Sustainability Library, and can be found at any one of our county libraries. Lauren Ware of Small Farms, says:

“This is truly like an encyclopedia of traditional skills and is a great resource for anyone beginning to farm or homestead or even considering it. There is much here that one could use in the city or on an urban homestead. In the Enjoying Your Harvest the Year Round section there are many recipes for food, drink and canning. There are DIY instructions for making your own roasting spit, making a hutch table, sewing patchwork quilts, catching fish and small game, and even making dugout canoes and log rafts. It’s an incredible array of topics. Every time I open this book I learn something new.”

Infinite West has partnered with the Grand County Library District to provide a comprehensive sustainability resource to the community through the purchase of books dedicated to this cause. Visit our website to see more titles currently available in Grand County Libraries at We would like to thank our major sponsors: The Ghincea Family, Imigin3 Energy Solutions & Freeport-McMoran.

Green Products: Eco Laundry Soap

Alpine West Business Products in Granby now carries biodegradable, all-natural laundry soap, with a reusable jug!

This green product comes from Boulder Cleaners. They say: “Since 1990 our 100% natural and biodegradable formula has effectively cleaned stubborn stains without harmful ingredients. Scents and colors are made from natural plants, fruits and vegetables.” This product is also made in Colorado.

How does it work? Buy a pre-poured jug when you make your first purchase of Boulder Liquid Laundry Soap. The, bring your jug back for a refill form a 50 gallon barrel, and a $3.00 discount!

How much is it? $14.95 for 100 loads (after getting the jug). Does this seem like a lot? Compare to Costco 50 oz. jug of Tide at $14.95!

Alpine West Business Products
150 E Agate Ave Granby, CO 80446.
Phone: (970) 887-2424.
Fax: (970) 887-2456.  

Their 100% Natural Laundry Detergent is:

– Fully Biodegradable
– Safe for Septic Systems
– Safe for Greywater Systems
– VOC Free
– Non-Toxic
– Not Tested on Animals
– Hypoallergenic
– Enzyme Boosted
– Neutral pH
– Good for: 100 Standard Loads -or-
– 200 High Efficiency (HE) Loads

Their 100% Natural Laundry Detergent contains no:

– Animal Ingredients
– Phosphates
– Dyes or Perfumes
– Chlorine Bleach
– Petro Chemicals
– Optical Brighteners

Infinite West supports businesses who promote sustainability through recycled or environmentally products.

Fall 2012 Volunteer Props!

Infinite West thanks Amanda Wiebush for her dedicated volunteer efforts. Amanda has been working on grants for our Local Foods project, in an effort to make it easier for consumers and growers to connect in Grand County. Our short term goal is to make a connection resource available by the end of the year, so you will know where you can buy locally and responsibly grown foods. Long term, this resource will evolve into a Virtual Marketplace, where you can purchase from locals online and get your food easily.

Amanda is currently enrolled at the University of Oregon, where she is pursuing a graduate degree in Public Administration and Environmental Policy. She is serving as the Climate and Preservation Chair on the Board of Directors of U of O’s Sustainability Center. Many thanks to Amanda, who has helped us significantly with grant writing, and by joining the sustainability discussion in Grand County at our meetings this summer. Good luck in school, and hopefully we will see you next summer!

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.

We Need Help Communicating!

Want to make a difference in our community and promote sustainability here in the Rocky Mountains? You can help Infinite West with our newsletter, released every two months!

We need a semi-savvy volunteer with a computer to help us send out our information-rich resource newsletter through Constant Contact. Responsibilities would include:
1. Helping to gather information from volunteer contributors
2. Coordinating our calendar events in the newsletter
3. Minimal graphic layout
4. Working with a member of our Board of Directors
5. Publishing the newsletter through Constant Contact (this is an easy publication tool – the template has been set up already)
Estimated time commitment: 4-8 hours every 2 months.
What you get: Great satisfaction for helping promote projects like Terracycle in Schools, Grow & Eat Local, the Grand County Sustainability Library, and much more…plus, our eternal gratitude!
Please contact:

Tim Hodsdon
Infinite West Board of Directors


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
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