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Green Grand County: Groups examine alternative energy, sustainable community

Tonya Bina
Sky-Hi Daily News

While one newly assembled organization looks to promote green energy possibilities in the area, another sustainability group is gaining a foothold.

A fledgling organization called “Infinite West” aims to examine environmental, social and economic opportunities in Grand County, according to founding member Tim Hodsdon of Fraser.

“Infinite West is more of a group concerned with the ideas of a sustainable community,” Hodsdon said in his presentation on Friday during an Energy Opportunities forum about solar heating systems in Granby.

With eight base members and 40 more who have shown interest, Infinite West is formulating its direction, Hodsdon said, “talking about what sustainability is beyond green materials and green energy sources. Things like economic sustainability and cultural sustainability and lifestyle.

“Really that’s one of the reasons we’re all here is the lifestyle in Grand County,” Hodsdon added. “How can we preserve that and still grow as a community and allow things to happen that are going to make us prosperous?”

One example of a brainstorm out of the group’s first three meetings is a recycled glass-tile studio with beetle-kill fired kilns.

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“Our focus is the idea of sustainable communities and exploring what that means,” Hodsdon said, adding that solutions can mean opportunities for the community rather than a series of problems.

Hodsdon’s introduction of Infinite West, a group with intentions to seek nonprofit status, followed a thorough presentation on solar heating systems granted by Daimon Villpu, president of the Granby alternative energy solutions business Simply Efficient.

The group Energy Opportunities of Grand County facilitated the forum at the Granby Library to educate homeowners about solar energy uses in the high country. Those who attended the meeting learned about state and federal incentives associated will solar systems and various types of solar energy equipment.

” Tonya Bina can be reached at 887-3334 ext. 19603 or e-mail tbina@grandcountynews.com.

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