Not Your Average Basement Story

You probably know someone like my Great Aunt. My great aunt lives in a very small house in a very small town in northeast Iowa on a small fixed income. She has her share of health concerns, and is still as sweet as can be. She tends to her home the very best she can.  When I told her that her income would probably qualify her for a Green Iowa

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A New Take on Energy Conservation in the Heartland

Check out this Winneshiek Energy District feature in the Daily Yonder, an online news site that’s “keeping it rural”: A New Take on Energy Conservation in the Heartland The local, clean energy progress in northeast Iowa wouldn’t’ be possible without the support of our founders and supporters along the way.  This is OUR story.

Solsmart at October Energy Breakfast

Nine northeast Iowa cities and counties are partnering with the Energy Districts of northeast Iowa to evaluate the potential to achieve SolSmart designation. SolSmart is a national program that certifies local governments as solar friendly, or “open for solar business”. This regional SolSmart collaborative is the topic of the October Energy Breakfast, to be held at Tbocks downstairs, on Tuesday, October 16th at 7:30 am. All are welcome and requested

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Vesterheim Norwegian American Museum hilights area’s Sustainability

Explore Decorah’s history of sustainability in the recent issue of Vesterheim: A publication of the National Norwegian-American Museum and Heritage Center (Vol. 16 No.1). Inside you’ll find an article that delves into the history of sustainability in the Decorah community written by Jim Martin-Schramm. It spotlights several local businesses and homes, including the Winneshiek Energy District (p. 7).  Check it out: Read the Verterheim article: One Community Making a Sustainable Difference, Martin-Schramm

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Localism, Energy, and Very Fast Fiber!

Want to cast a vote right now – this very minute – for a healthy, prosperous, and innovative Decorah? For locally-owned, super-fast, highly-reliable, unlimited, and affordable internet? Stop what you’re doing, go to http://www.ourbroadbandfuture.com/decorah.html, and take the Decorah Fiber Pledge for your household or business. (We’ll get to the energy connection soon, but first take the pledge, then keep reading!) In 2015, the Decorah community overwhelmingly voted YES (94%) to

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RECYCLE YOUR E-WASTE THIS WEDNESDAY

On Wednesday, July 25th from 3-6PM recycle your old small electronic devices at the Winneshiek Farmers Market and help endangered species at the same time. At a glance: Where: Winneshiek Farmers Market, Oneota Co-op Parking lot, Decorah When: Wedensday, July 25th, 3:00-6:00PM What:  Accepted items: old cell phones, chargers, iPods/MP3 players, and headphones. Participants will help conserve wildlife by reducing the need for mining and human interference by donating old cell phones, chargers, iPods/MP3

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Proposed Cuts to Energy Efficiency Program Will Affect Rebate Levels

Joel Zook, Energy Planner Some Rebates Will Be Eliminated Completely If you’ve considered making any upgrades to improve the energy efficiency of your home or business, you may want to act now while rebates still exist to help lower the cost. SF2311 was passed this legislative year and mandates a dramatic cut in Alliant Energy and Black Hills Energy’s energy efficiency programs. Insulation, air sealing and other rebates are being

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Art in a New Light

Next time you step into the Art Haus gallery on West Water St in Decorah, you may notice a slight difference in the ambiance, not due to the art, but due to the light! On July 12th, Green Iowa AmeriCorps members Drew Peeler and Emily Osborne performed a direct install service and replaced sixteen bulbs with high-efficiency LED light bulbs. This simple installation will save the non-profit an estimated $145

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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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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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