Renewable Energy

Shifting Gears

Local Tyler Lindsay returns on Shifting Gears to continue a cross-generational conversation with Will Evans about our relationship to this planet mounting uncertainty. This is part 3 of a 3 part series.

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Solar Rollers is a non-profit high school energy education program where student teams design, build and race high-performance, solar-powered R.C. cars. In May, the race comes back to the Roaring Fork Valley. KDNK’s Lucas Turner has more.

Coal-fired power plants are closing, or being given firm deadlines for closure, across the country. In the Western states that make up the overallocated and drought-plagued Colorado River, these facilities use a significant amount of the region's scarce water supplies.

With closure dates looming, communities are starting the contentious debate about how this newly freed up water should be put to use.

When Blondie's Diner closes around 9 p.m. and a table of hunters finish their green chili cheeseburgers and head back to their hotel, the town of Naturita feels a bit like a ghost town.

There are two new marijuana dispensaries still open late with green neon signs, but on a November night at the start of hunting season, not many customers are partaking.

The only sound punctuating through the cold evening is a semi-truck idling in the parking lot of the Rimrocker Hotel, its driver trying to stay warm.

It's a good day when Tammie Delaney hears a train rumbling down the tracks outside of the century-old granary building she owns in Hayden.

"Oh, you get the train noise today!" she shouts as a train whistle pierces the usual silence in the small town of about 2,000 people.

The train whistles are an indicator of the economy in the Yampa Valley.

The Endocrine Disruption Exchange

Theo Colborn is credited with identifying damage to human reproductive health caused by small doses of toxic chemicals called endocrine disruptors. Theo also explains why lack of public health protection of air and water is a concern to residents of the Colorado Drainage. Will Evans interviewed Theo in a three-part series in 2011. For parts 2 and 3 of their conversation, click here.

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Last evening coworking space "Coventure" hosted a discussion featuring Amory Lovins, Chief Scientist and Co-Founder at the Rocky Mountain Institute. The discussion, which took place in front of packed house, was moderated by Brad Feld, a new resident of Aspen, venture capitalist, and philanthropist. These are some of the highlights from the discussion.

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Carbondale's single-use plastic bag ban previously included only groceres. Carbondale's Board of Trustees voted on July 23, 2019 to expand that policy to also include retailers with over 9,000 square feet of commercial space. This is estimated to impact only five businesses, making plastic bags unavailable and requiring retailers to charge 20 cents per paper bag. Trustee Ben Bohmfalk shares this and other news, including that a contract was approved for six pickeball courts in North Face Park.

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The Governor signed seven clean energy bills into law last week. One measure could help people who can't install solar panels, either because they rent or can't afford it, by allowing them to invest in community solar gardens. KDNK spoke with David Amster-Olszewski, CEO of Sunshare, about leveling the solar panel playing field.

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Agriculture uses a lot of water. But what if that water were used for more than growing food? What if it could generate energy—renewable energy? It can, and a program in Colorado is helping farmers harness hydropower to lower costs, save time—and conserve the water itself. H2O Radio has the story.

Green Design for Affordable Housing?

May 24, 2018
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Affordable housing remains a big problem in the Roaring Fork Valley. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Kelly Vaughn, marketing director for Rocky Mountain Institute, at the Building for a Sustainable Future Symposium in Carbondale last week about the best kind of housing for the area and if green design can be incorporated at a low cost.


Ed Mazria, world-renowned architect and CEO of the non-profit think tank, Architecture 2030, comes to Carbondale Friday for the Buildings for a Sustainable Future conference, presented by CLEER, CORE, and Garfield Clean Energy. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with him this week about his work.

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On Tuesday, November 28, Carbondale Trustees signed a contract with Microgrid Energy, subscribing to a solar garden. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh reports.

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Congressman Jared Polis, representing Colorado’s Second District, has announced his run for governor. His platform focuses on 100% renewable energy for the state by 2040, universal full-day preschool and kindergarten for ages 3 and older, and encouraging stock option for employees of Colorado companies. Rep. will be competing against former state Senator Mike Johnston, former state Treasurer Cary Kennedy and businessman Noel Ginsburg in the democratic primary.


The KDNK News Team was out riding bikes Monday to prep for tomorrow’s Bike to Work Day. And, cyclists, bus riders, and carpoolers from across the county can track miles and compete for prizes through November during Ride Garfield County's Bike and Bus Challenge. And, yes, there IS an app for that. It’s called Strava. Click here for more information.


Over 150 climate change and sustainable energy experts and artists descend upon Snowmass Village this week for the 14th annual American Renewable Energy  - or ARE Day - Summit. The event runs through Saturday and is packed with speakers plus free events for everyone. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh sat down with Chip Comins, founder and CEO of the American Renewable Energy Institute in Aspen, to talk about the event. Click here for a schedule of events, speakers and more.