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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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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Energy District Awarded 2011 Biz Booster Challenge Grant

The Winneshiek Energy District was one of four businesses to receive funding from the 2011 Winneshiek County Development, Inc. Biz Booster Challenge. Below is an excerpt from the Winneshiek County Development, Inc May 24th mailing: Biz Booster awards grants to four Winneshiek entities A significant increase in the quality of business plans highlights the annual Winneshiek County Development, Inc. Biz Booster Challenge, with four winners rising to the top of

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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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