Workshop focuses on saving energy in large organizations around Glenwood Springs |

Workshop focuses on saving energy in large organizations around Glenwood Springs

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GARFIELD COUNTY, Colorado ” The Garfield New Energy Communities Initiative is holding a free public workshop to educate local community members on the opportunities available to save energy and money.

The workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 14, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Garfield County Administration Building.

“It’s a free opportunity to learn about some of the best resources to saving energy and saving money in facilities,” said Clean Energy Economy for the Region (CLEER) Director Alice Laird. “This is a first step to a larger picture, but education and increasing awareness of opportunities is a powerful first step.”

And while this workshop focuses on larger facilities, like city and county administration buildings, anyone is welcome to attend. However, Laird said that future events will focus on residential housing and smaller businesses.

“It’s a model for organizations who have multiple facilities or larger facilities,” Laird said.

The workshop will feature speakers Joani Matranga, Western Area field representative from the Governor’s Energy Office, and John Canfield, president of Trident Energy Services Inc. The workshop will cover topics such as: learning how the Governor’s Energy Office and utility companies can help save energy and improve facility performance; choosing a financing mechanism that fits a specific situation; learning about energy tracking, rating and benchmarking systems and how they will help the bottom line; and creating realistic energy-saving goals that can be reached by the end of the year.

Laird anticipates workshop attendance will include representatives from: Garfield County and each of its six municipalities, the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority, Garfield County Library District and the Roaring Fork and Garfield Re-2 school districts. The workshop is scheduled before the Garfield County Advisory Board meeting at 1 p.m. The workshop is, after all, part of the overall goal of the New Energy Communities Initiative, according to Laird.

“A big component of this initiative is saving energy and saving money in public facilities,” she said.

Rob Keller, energy management and engineering services director for JC Penny Co., will explain how the company used the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program to save $4.5 million a year in energy costs. Keller will focus on how the Energy Star approach can work on a local level.

The Garfield New Energy Communities Initiative is funded by a grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs and the Governor’s Energy Office.

Contact John Gardner: 384-9114

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