TNCC: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

TNCC: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

by Kris Holstrom

It always surprises me when the end of year sneaks up and taps me on the back. I’m convinced the speed of life accelerates annually. Regardless, the end of the year and end of a decade is an excellent time to look back at what was accomplished and to look forward to the work to come.

TNCC highlights in 2009:

Energy  & Green Building:

Assisted funding partner San Miguel Power Association with administering Governor’s Energy Office rebates.

Solar PV Rebate program (2008-2009): 28 systems, 53.75 kw, $179,000
Solar Hot Water Rebate program (2008-2009): 14 systems, 860,600 BTU/day, $36,500

Coordinated many Energy Star for New Home trainings including contractor, green building expo, and an Integrated Building Design session.    Completed a regional Greenhouse Gas Inventory for use as a baseline to measure future progress.


Staffed booths at local festivals and energy fairs and helped organize the 350-day celebration, taught Intro to Sustainability and Intro to Permaculture through UCSM, taught a Sustainability Intensive Study Period at Telluride High School. Mentored students in regional school systems.Staffed a volunteer station for the Colorado Peace ride. Ran the composting crews for Mountainfilm,  Bluegrass, Fourth of July, KOTO DooDah, and Blues & Brews. Staffed educational booths at Bluegrass and Blues & Brews.

Provided partial funding and support for the Southwest Conservation Corps team of eight local youth and counselors who worked on service projects in the county
Organized a series of Forest Health workshops and Tree Tours


Helped staff local clean up and hazardous waste daysAssisted with getting in-vessel composter up and running at SUNRISE

Helped town staff with Zero Waste planning issues


Provided logistical support for Telluride Farmers’ MarketAssisted startup of local Slow Food chapter

Worked with parents and staff on school lunch issues


Organized Regional Sustainability Visioning project and presentation (funded by TMVOA)

Supported development of See Forever Leadership program Regional Economic Futures Task Force participation and presentation to Intergovernmental meeting

Future think: plans for 2010

Just as exciting are our plans for 2010, which include – but are not limited to:

With community input, preparing a regional Sustainability Action Plan to include an Energy Action Plan outlining how we reach our governmental goals of 20% greenhouse gas reductions by 2020 and the Telluride Renewed challenge of getting 100% of our electricity from renewable resources by 2020.

Conducting a regional Community Food Assessment that will tell us what is grown in our region and support expanding local and regional agricultural opportunities.

Participating in the creation of an Economic Action Plan with the Regional Economic Task Force group.

Additional recycling outreach within our communities and researching potential diversion and value-added opportunities.

Classes and mentorships  will continue with local students of all ages.


As always your input is welcome! Send ideas to: or call 970-728-1340.
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