Telluride TNCC and Library co-host green roundtable 3/5

Telluride TNCC and Library co-host green roundtable 3/5

TNCC_logo Sponsored by Telluride's The New Community Coalition, the Wilkinson Public Library and the Telluride Foundation, the second in a series of Green Business Roundtables is scheduled for Friday, March 5, 8:30 a.m. in the Library's Program Room.

“How to Make Your Business Energy Efficient ” focuses the basics such as how to reduce your business's energy use by eliminating energy hogs. Take away a list of simple, cost-effective recommended improvements you can implement yourself, and learn how to recognize when it's time to call in professional assistance.

Topics covered:
• Building envelope (air leakage, insulation)
• Electrical equipment (Kill-A-Watt meter use, appliances)
• Lighting (bulbs, ballasts, controls)
• Gas equipment (optimizing efficiency at high altitudes)

Ken Haynes of e3 Collaborative leads the discussion. Haynes, who has been involved in the building industry for over 20 years, is committed to producing structures with a long lifecycle and keeping operating and maintenance costs low. His focus for the Roundtable includes minimizing air leakage, effectively utilizing window coverings, checking for adequate wall and roof insulation, utilizing efficient operating controls of energy-using systems, determining your biggest electrical loads and how to reduce unnecessary electricity use.

Chris Myers has been in the lighting design arena for two decades and is an expert in energy-efficient lighting such as  compact fluorescent and L.E.D. technology. Myers' answer to the question "Can a person really save money, energy and planet with new lighting" is a resounding "Yes."

John Matsko of Rocky Mountain Energy Conservation has been in the heating, ventilating, air conditioning (HVAC) business for over 30 years. His presentation, “Gas, The Perfect Fuel,” reviews how natural gas and propane can be clean, efficient fuels, when completely combusted through use of the ideal air-to-gas ratio.  According to Matsko, most small gas appliances produce 400%-800% more carbon monoxide than necessary, and that many of the boilers tested here in Telluride produce 1,000+ times as much as necessary. 

All businesses, individuals, and non-profits are encouraged to attend any of the 2010 Green Business Roundtables (GBR’s), all of which take place at 8:30 a.m. on the first Friday of each month in 2010.  TNCC and the Library are collecting feedback from each presentation to target issues specific to the Telluride Region/San Miguel County business community.  The hope is the talks will lead to "Buy local" campaigns and the joint ordering of green products.

For further information on the Roundtables contact:  Colleen Trout or Walter Wright @ TNCC,;  or Scott Doser @ WPL- 728-4519 x20, 

TNCC is a non-profit organization dedicated to this region's long-term sustainability. Its program areas focus on economy and community, energy efficiency projects, green building, food security, recycling, composting and related education and events, including forest health.  The Wilkinson Public Library is our local five-star institution and community center.

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