Energy expo in Glenwood Springs on Friday will be clean and green |

Energy expo in Glenwood Springs on Friday will be clean and green

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Marianne Virgili is encouraging residents and local business owners to experience the first Clean Energy Expo, this Friday, at the Glenwood Springs Community Center.

“This is an event for the whole family,” said Virgili, the president and CEO of the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association.

The Glenwood Chamber, along with Clean Energy Economy for the Region (CLEER), the Glenwood Springs Post Independent, and ROF.NET are presenting the event on May 8 from 4-7 p.m.

Admission is free and open to the public and will feature more than 30 booths presenting “green” products and services that will help you save money on everything from retrofitting to solar energy. There will also be a live display of equipment used in rating home energy efficiency, as well as energy-efficient vehicle demonstrations.

“It’s going to be just a great time to learn about going green,” Virgili said.

Lauren Martindale of CLEER will moderate a panel discussion at 4:30 p.m. of local experts who have demonstrated ways the clean energy economy has worked for them and their businesses.

“They’ll all be talking about how reducing their carbon footprint and making some improvements really helped their bottom line,” Virgili said. “There are some practical applications of how clean energy can work for you.”

The panel includes: Glenwood City Manager Jeff Hecksel, Alpine Bank Senior Vice President Kent Wilson, Alpine Bank Green Team co-chair David Miller, Village Smithy restaurant owner Charlie Chacos, and Tony Haschke, energy and mechanical systems engineer at Schmueser Gordon Meyer.

Director of the Colorado Geological Survey Dr. Vince Matthews will make a keynote address, following the panel’s discussion, on Colorado’s role in the global new energy economy. Matthews will address the global effect of China, India and their hunger for Colorado’s resources.

Virgili said that the chamber has been working on this event for the past couple of months. She said that it seemed like a good thing for local residents and businesses alike.

“We were just looking for ways to help business members during the tough economic time,” she said. “The green movement has come, and it’s a way for businesses to reinvent themselves for the way things are going to be in the future.”

Food will be provided courtesy of BB’s Wings ‘n’ Q, Charcoal Burger Drive-in, Sacred Grounds, Dancing Pickle Catering and the Village Inn. Beer will be provided courtesy of the Glenwood Canyon Brewing Co. and Orrison Distributing.

For more information, please visit or contact the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association at 945-6589.

Contact John Gardner: 384-9114

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