A lot of work left to be done...
The Nordic Nature Group successfully introduced their youth climate report card to the Grand Marais City Council in conjunction with iMatter Youth Movement on February 22nd. There were 50 people in attendance at the meeting to support the youth naturalists for taking the lead on climate change.
Their overall grade on how the city is currently combating climate change: D+!
After presenting the report card, the team introduced three important actions the city could take to get that grade up:
1. Create a climate action plan that would reduce our greenhouse gas
emissions to levels that would protect our children and grandchildren in
the community from the effects of climate destruction.
2. Begin creating this climate action plan within three months and complete it as soon as possible.
3. Find a way to include the youth voice in decision making for things that have to do with climate change and the environment.
The council unanimously moved to pass a Climate Inheritance Resolution that represents a commitment to creating a climate action plan in the next year and working to improve the city's current grade.
Find out more about iMatter and the Nordic Nature Group and support their resolution at http://www.imatteryouth.org/grandmarais-mn/
24 people attended to learn from these informative speakers at the 2017 Builder's Workshop. Thursday, Feb. 9th, 8-4pm.
The morning session was "Demystifying Geothermal Heat Pump Technology & Economics" with Mark Sakry from Northern Ground Source. In the afternoon Nancy Schultz, Jim Larson and Sean Meyers from CR-BPS who will covered passive building techniques, thermal enclosure, airtight building techniques and energy efficient mechanical systems.
Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) is now available in Cook County.
Thirty people attended a variety of presentations at the Fall Energy Expo on October 1st at the Cook County Community Center.
After lunch, the local "solar panel" answered questions about living with solar power in Cook County. On the panel were Cook County Co-Op Manager Jennifer Stoltz, Arthouse B&B owner Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux and CCLEP Project Coodinator Staci Drouillard. For more information about going solar, see CCLEP's comprehensive guide: Going Solar Electric: A Cook County Guide.
Jason Edens (pictured above) from the Rural Renewable Energy Alliance gave a very comprehensive talk about the history and application of solar power and solar thermal heating. He shared a lot of good information about how to secure a solar site assessment and how to find financial help for making the switch to renewable energy sources.
The day was completed with three home energy tours. The all Solar PV and Solar Oven tour, Solar Thermal Heating Home Tour and a Maximum Efficiency Root Cellar tour (pictured below; potatoes in dry storage, ready for winter).
Thank you to all who attended. Thanks also to those who offered up your homes for a tour and also to our group of knowledgeable presenters, who shared your energy related experiences with us! Finally, a big thank you to the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation for co-sponsoring the event.
In other Energy News ~
The City of Grand Marais is asking for your input on the 30-Year Comprehensive Plan. It's important to ask that a local response to Climate Change is considered and included in our local comprehensive plan and to request that our leaders make energy efficiency and renewable energy a priority when the City and County plan to build new structures, create transportation systems and plan for our future.
Here's a link to the survey. http://www.grandmaraisvisioning.org/
And thanks for taking part!
CCLEP Action Plan
- Engender community conversation about energy issues through public meetings, radio shows, newspaper articles, on-line postings, and a dedicated website.
- Build and strengthen a network of interested parties to improve communication about, and increase coordination of, local energy projects.
- Investigate feasibility of various energy efficiency and renewable energy production options specific to Cook County.
- Gather, organize, and make available, information about energy issues.
- Develop and maintain a website to make energy information easy to access and useful to our community.
- Engage with local units of government to enact policies that enhance local energy efficiency and renewable energy development.
- Encourage the establishment of a local energy industry by assisting local businesses and non-profits with their energy projects.
- Develop, maintain and implement a county wide Energy Plan.
We pursue this goal in order to achieve the following community benefits:
- Retain energy dollars in our local economy.
- Create jobs.
- Improve quality of life through more comfortable, less-costly, energy efficient housing.
- Buffer our community from unstable energy supply and pricing.
- Reduce harmful climatic and environmental effects of fossil fuel use.
- Reduce dependence on foreign oil.
- Increase local self-reliance.
- Transfer wealth and power into the hands of local citizens and their local utilities.