Call for Submissions: Activities Resource Folder

Ashley Lookenhouse, Green Iowa Education Coordinator 2017-18 My Green Iowa project is an e-project in the sense that I am working to compile an accessible, open source resource folder for those wishing to teach about sustainability, energy, or environmentalism to people of all ages. The folder is going to be organized by the theme of the lesson plans and will have resources that have been contributed by Green Iowa members

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E-Bikes: The New Bike on the Block

Kristin Eggen, Communications Specialist This month, I caught up with Josie and Travis from Decorah Bicycles (DB) to hear about their E-Bikes, a new form of bicycle transportation that could be an innovative tool for those looking to decrease the carbon footprint of their around-town transportation. KE: Hi Josie, I’ve recently noticed a sign advertising E-bikes at Decorah Bicycles. I’m just going to ask straight out: what is an E-bike?

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Green Iowa Appreciation Potluck

Thursday, August 2nd, 6:30 PM Phelps Park, Park St, Decorah All are welcome. Have you interacted with this year’s hardworking Green Iowa AmeriCorps team? You’re invited to join the Winneshiek Energy District staff and other community members in celebrating the service of our Green Iowa AmeriCorps members at a community potluck held at Phelps Park on Thursday, August 2nd at 6:30 PM. All are welcome! We’ll gather at the shelter

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Decorah City Council Members Announce Public Forum related to Electric Utility Franchise Agreement

For Immediate Release Contact: Chad Bird, City of Decorah, City Manager, 563-382-3651 Decorah City Council Members Announce Public Forum related to Electric Utility Franchise Agreement Decorah, IA (June 26, 2018) – Decorah City Council members, led by utility committee chair, Andy Carlson have scheduled Saturday, June 30, 2018, for an informational meeting to interact with the public on issues surrounding the renewal of the city’s franchise agreement with Alliant Energy.

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W.E.D. and Decorah Featured in National Podcast

The ILSRs latest podcast episode “Innovation in Small Town America” features WED and the unique locally-owned clean energy accomplishments in the region. The Institute for Local Self-Reliance is an organization dedicated to the building of healthier, wealthier, and more resilient communities and economies, at the local and regional level. Their valuable work covers independent business, locally-owned energy and broadband, banking, waste, and more. We encourage readers to check out the ILSR

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Welcome New Summer Members

For the first time, the Winneshiek Energy District welcomes two additional Green Iowa AmeriCorps members for 3 months of service to northeast Iowans this summer.  These seasonal additions to the regular 11-month team come from the Green Iowa AmeriCorps Land and Water Stewards program addition (click here to learn about it). Jeffrey Lauck and Anna Restemayer joined the team in late May and will spend over 300 hours serving northeast

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Fest(EV)al Draws Crowds and Cars

June 2, 2018, DECORAH  – The Fest(EV)al electric vehicle festival attracted crowds and cars. Over 200 people attended to learn about plug-in electric vehicles at the Danan Lansing Building. Principal sponsor KAR Auto Group (Decorah Chevrolet Cadillac, Decorah Auto group) showed up to exhibit their very first hybrid minivan: the Chrysler Pacifica, along with three other hybrid vehicles. KAR is the first auto dealer in Winneshiek County to have their mechanics certified

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A Solar Story

Dale Goodman, Decorah Resident In the summer of 2014, I was outside building a retaining wall while Decorah Electric was installing a solar array across the street on the roof of First Lutheran Church.  I paused and watched frequently.  My wife, Susan, and I had been advocates for clean energy for a long time, but we had never been in a position to invest in it ourselves.  Now we could.

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Decorah Power and Municipal Electric Utility Update

Joel Zook, Energy Planner The final, agonizingly close vote is in. Of the 2767 votes cast, there were 1382 yes votes and 1385 no votes. The three-vote margin is just one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) of the votes cast. It was an engaged electorate with voter participation over 50 percent. Decorah voters decided not to authorize the city to further explore the possibility of forming a municipal electric utility. As

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Now is the Time to (re)Consider Solar

Joel Zook, Energy Planner I am taking another hard look at solar panels for my home. My roof is not an ideal site for solar; It faces west and is heavily shaded through most of the morning. I ran the numbers shortly after buying my house and the payback was longer than I was willing to commit to. However, it’s been a few years and prices continue to fall. Additionally,

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