Net-Zero Home Open House and Film Premiere

The Winneshiek Energy District will host an open house of its Net-Zero Home retrofit project, preceded by a short film screening and discussion, on Saturday, December 1st. The documentary film screening and project discussion will take place at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church at 1pm. The open house at 805 5th Avenue will follow, and run from about 2-4pm. Attendees can easily walk the one block in between. “This is a

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Winneshiek Energy District Leads Way

By Sarah Strandberg, Decorah Newspapers The Winneshiek Energy District (WED) is leading the way in its field, based on statistics accumulated since its inception two years ago. WED Director Andy Johnson of Decorah updated the Decorah City Council on his organization’s accomplishments in July. WED, a nonprofit corporation, is scheduled to request the second allotment of funding it receives from the city during the Council’s meeting Monday night. Read the full

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Luther College Board of Regents Sent Zero Carbon Footprint Goal

The Luther College Board of Regents has endorsed a goal of having the college be carbon neutral by the year 2030. Regents have authorized Luther President Richard Torgerson to plan and pursue sustainable methods of operation and energy conservation initiatives that will reduce the campus carbon footprint by 50 percent by the end of 2015, 70 percent by 2020, and achieve its carbon neutral goal by the year 2030. Luther

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WED and City of Decorah Partner on Energy Assistance for Low-Moderate Income Families

The Energy District has partnered with the City of Decorah to offer energy efficiency assistance to low-moderate income households in Decorah. All qualifying households can and are encouraged to participate in our Home Efficiency Program. Who is eligible for this program? All households in the City of Decorah whose total household pre-tax annual income is less than 80% of area median as shown in the chart below qualify for both programs.

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Green Iowa Americorps Partnering with the Oneota Film Festival

The Green Iowa Americorps team in Decorah is partnering with the Third Annual Oneota Film Festival to provide food for thought on civil and environmental engagement. Luther College will host the film festival January 20-22, 2012. Members will view the films and participate in discussions that follow. Diverse topics of the films (some locally made) range from electric cars and school gardens to mountain climbs and eco road trips. For

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Join Us for Green the Season!

Help Green the Season with the Green Iowa AmeriCorps team and the Winneshiek Energy District this holiday season! Look for displays in Decorah businesses telling how our local merchants do their part to reduce energy in the community. The following businesses are participating in our Green the Season promotion: Dragonfly Books Magpie Coffeehouse Decorah Bicycles Oneota Cycles The Depot True Value Hardware Oneota Community Food Co-op Decorah Chick Hatchery Blue

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Businesses Recognized for Achieving Green

“It is really quite impressive! So much work is being done for energy efficiency in Decorah and surrounding areas,” observed visiting energy consultant, Warren Gaskill with EnergyStewards.net. Over 55 businesses in Decorah and Winneshiek County have signed up for the Green Business Challenge since July of this year.  Those businesses have tracked their energy and entered their energy data into the Energystar.gov national data base where businesses of similar size

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A Sustainability Plan for Decorah

A sustainability plan was developed with the City of Decorah during the spring, summer, and fall of 2010, with input from dozens of organizations and businesses and hundreds of local citizens. It is meant as a framework, a initial sketching out of the vision (in the Executive Summary) and some specific pieces of the puzzle (in the full plan). It is also meant to be a work in progress, regularly

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Home Energy Monitoring with Decorah High School Students

Have you ever wondered how much electricity your microwave used (or computer, or range, or … you get the picture)? Or how much your whole house is using right now? We’re working on a collaborative project to install special electrical monitoring devices in the homes of DHS students and their families right now (spring and summer 2010) to test their impact. Thirty families involved in our study are monitoring their

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