Cedar Rapids Sustainability Coordinator Visits 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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Free Workshop on Home Maintenance and Weatherization

October 9, 2018                                                             FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Scott Timm Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 515-291-2560 stimm@iastate.edu A workshop on home maintenance and weatherization techniques will be presented in the Upper Explorerland conference room, 325 Washington Street, at 6:30pm, October 18th. This workshop is meant to assist homeowners and renters learn more about building science, how to properly maintain their homes, and teach techniques for sealing up their properties to reduce

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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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Electric Vehicle Fest(EV)al

Kristin Eggen, Communications Specialist Electric vehicles (EVs) have long been of interest to those seeking to decrease fossil fuel dependency and generate power in their communities through renewable energy.  As the EV market grows in response to high fuel costs and clean transportation needs, we are excited about the clean, efficient transportation that EVs can and will offer. From 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM on June 2nd at the Winneshiek County Fairgrounds

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AmeriCorps Week 2018

Ashley Lookenhouse, Green Iowa Education Coordinator 2017-18 The week of March 11th to 17th is AmeriCorps Week. Launched in May 2007, AmeriCorps week is dedicated to giving recognition to the nearly 80,000 members that complete yearly National Service terms. There are many different positions that AmeriCorps members serve in from working in school systems to working in National Parks and everything in between. One way that AmeriCorps members serve communities

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Upcoming April Energy Breakfast

Winneshiek County Conservation’s Lilly Jensen and Luther College professor Dawn Reding will discuss energy production’s effect on wildlife at the upcoming Winneshiek Energy District’s April Energy Breakfast. Presenters will look at the often overlooked circumstance of wildlife interaction with renewable and nonrenewable energy production. The program starts at 7:30 AM on April 19th at T-Bock’s Sports Bar and Grill. Jensen will provide an overview of ways that certain wildlife lives alongside

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Clayton County’s LED Workshop

Home, farm and business owners gathered at Elkader’s Keystone Area Education Center on Saturday, March 18th for the Clayton County Energy District’s LED Lighting Workshop. Local vendors and contractors greeted attendees who gripped cookies and complementary coffee after during the 9:00am registration hour.  Attendees soon migrated to the main presentation room where Clayton County Energy District’s board president Harry Blobaum welcomed the group. Winneshiek Energy District Energy Planner Joel Zook started

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February Breakfast Recap: New Hampton Light Plant

DECORAH – Twenty-eight people gathered for breakfast in T-Bock’s lower level on Tuesday, February 21st to learn from New Hampton’s Light Plant (NHMLP) from Manager Brian Quirk. The program is part of the monthly  Energy Breakfast series put on by the Winneshiek Energy District.  Quirk started by sharing  a snapshot of the Light Plant’s service territory and energy production and later took questions from breakfast attendees. The plant’s yearly budget

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Clayton County LED Workshop Brightens Savings

The Clayton County Energy District (CCED) will host an LED Lighting Workshop for home, business and farm owners at the Keystone Area Education Center in Elkader on Saturday, March 18th.  The workshop will kick off with a vendor fair followed by a LED lighting workshop where local experts will highlight the benefits of LED lighting fixtures, financial opportunities and energy efficiency programs that may ease the transition to LED upgrades

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Energy District Conference Success!

Over 60 individuals from over two dozen organizations and four states gathered at the Hotel Winneshiek in early December for the (first annual?) Iowa-Midwest Energy District Conference. The goal was to share experience with locally-owned clean energy and to strategize about how to grow the Energy District movement.