Mountain Valley makes top-down improvements, starting with new roof |

Mountain Valley makes top-down improvements, starting with new roof

Dana L. Peterson
Special to the Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – A new roof, an expanded solar energy system, energy-efficiency upgrades and local food collaboration with fifth grade students are “greening” projects that are all in the works at Mountain Valley Developmental Services.

The projects are made possible through grants from the Aspen Community Foundation, the Governor’s Energy Office, Glenwood Springs Electric and the Community Office for Resource Efficiency in Aspen.

The projects include:

• A new roof for the 30-year-old main Mountain Valley building. Contractors removed the old metal roofing, upgraded the subroofing and installed a new metal roof. It’s a still a bright red color, in keeping with the building’s classic design. The project was funded by a $25,000 grant from the Aspen Community Foundation.

• Installation of a bigger and better solar panel system with rebates from the Governor’s Energy Office and locally from Glenwood Springs Electric and Aspen CORE. The goal of the new solar system will be offsetting energy use and increased production of herbs in the Mountain Valley greenhouse. The installation of this project is being headed by Sunsense Solar of Carbondale.

• Replacing lighting systems and using an energy audit to provide other suggestions for improved energy efficiency.

• The Mountain Valley greenhouse team beginning a new collaboration with the fifth-grade class at nearby Sopris Elementary School to help students learn about eating locally, growing food, and the benefits of gardening for health and fun.

“The grant from Aspen Community Foundation was a keystone in a much bigger vision that serves the community, from the clients of Mountain Valley to the elementary children to the local gardeners who purchase plants and herbs from the greenhouse,” said Mountain Valley executive director Bruce Christensen.

“The organization is excited about this first step and the support of Aspen Community Foundation in understanding the vision and necessity of the roof as a foundation for growing some really great programming, despite the ongoing struggles to offset funding cuts from the state,” he added.

Over the past five years, Mountain Valley Developmental Services has been granted $53,900 from the Aspen Community Foundation’s unrestricted and field of interest funds and $5,000 from donor advised funds.

The support of the community through unrestricted grantmaking, field of interest funds and donor advised funds has become increasingly important to the nonprofit agencies of the valley.

Since 1975, Mountain Valley Developmental Services has worked to encourage and support individuals with developmental disabilities, enhance their ability to live, learn and work in an independent and inclusive manner, and to educate the community about their contributions and capabilities.

The purpose of Mountain Valley Developmental Services is to provide clients and their families with support that will promote skill acquisition, independence and inclusion within the community.

To fulfill this purpose, the organization is entrusted with the administration of public funds that are intended specifically to assist persons with developmental disabilities and their families.

Unfortunately, these funds are not always sufficient to sustain the level of care the agency prefers to offer. Support from local government and foundations are essential.

For more information, visit or call 945-2306.

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