Cedar Rapids Sustainability Coordinator Plans Visit to Decorah

You are invited to Eric Holthaus, Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Cedar Rapids, to learn about Cedar Rapids’ sustainability initiatives. Holthaus will be the featured speaker at Energy Breakfast, Tuesday, January 15th at 7:30 AM at T-Bock’s Underground. He will cover topics including the development of the city’s Municipal Sustainability Plan, becoming a STAR Certified Community, and projects in waste reduction, solar, biking, and green yards. Since joining the

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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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Why I’m Excited about Heat Pumps , and Why You Should Be Too

Joel Zook, Energy Planner In the clean energy line-up, Solar is the MVP. We get it. Solar is shiny and new, it slashes your electric bill, you’re creating your very own clean energy – what could be better? But if you dig down to why people install solar there are often two main reasons: it makes sense financially, and it’s going to help reduce their impact. I’m here to introduce

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Our Climate, Our Responsibility, Our Opportunity

Andy Johnson, Director The recent Global Warming of 1.5°C report, released by the prestigious Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on October 8, was a wake-up call to some. To many others, it was one more installment in 30+ years of science documenting the dangers of human-induced climate change, and the opportunity we still have (maybe) to protect a liveable world for our kids and grandkids. We’ll summarize key take-away’s from

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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.

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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