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SUSTAINABILITY HAPPENINGS December 2019

The Little Community Leading the Way
by Dr Rosemarie Russo Sustainability Director

Last month, the Moab Area Travel Council debuted “The Little Community Leading the Way,” (facebook.com/discovermoab/videos/577869529649418) a short video that illustrates the Moab community’s sustainability achievements in green building, waste diversion, connecting local farmers with restaurants, promoting alternative transportation, protecting natural resources, volunteering, city and county leadership, adopting renewable energy, and education efforts. The video has been viewed by nearly 5,000 people from Castle Valley to Switzerland and the response is overwhelmingly positive. The video highlights that, together, businesses and residents can make a difference.

Many of these nonprofit groups, businesses, federal agencies, restaurants, farms and hotels are part of Moab’s Green to Gold (GtG) Sustainability Program. GtG partners pledge to address conservation, restoration, and equity in their operations. They can work on different areas of their businesses, such as installing energy-efficient lighting or planting pollinator gardens rather than lawns that consume an overabundance of water.

Residents can support conservation efforts by picking up energy efficiency kits at the City’s Sustainability Office. Each kit will save households approximately $180 annually.

Since October, we have distributed 527 kits to residents of various neighborhoods. A map was created by the Sustainability Office that groups neighborhoods by animal symbols to track the neighborhoods in which the most kits are requested. Leading the energy and water conservation challenge so far are the Rabbits (beyond Bonita and Bittle Lane), Elephants (400 North, 500 West, Williams Way and Main Street) and the Ravens (400 East, Locust Lane, and Mulberry Lane).

Consider Ride-Sharing If you are going to Grand Junction for holiday shopping try the Moab Express shuttle, or use KZMU’s Ride Board to share a ride if you are traveling to visit friends and family.
Wishing you a very merry holiday from the City of Moab’s Office of Sustainability!

The City of Moab
encourages residents and visitors to
support our Green to Gold partners:
St. Francis Episcopal Church
Easy Bee Farm
Youth Garden Project
City of Moab
Moab Regional Hospital
Moab Area Travel Council
Moab Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action
(UMTRA) Project
Community Rebuilds
KZMU Community Radio
Multicultural Center
Atomic Lounge
98 Center
Moonflower Cooperative
Desert Bistro
Red Rock Bakery and Cafe
The Spoke
Zax Wood Fired Pizza
Bike Fiend
Lost River Trading Company (warehouse)
Moab Coffee Roasters
Ponderosa Energy
Ye Ol’ Geezer Meat Shop
ACT Campground
Adventure Inn
Archway Inn
A Creekside Retreat B&B
La Quinta
Moab Springs Ranch
Red Moon Lodge
Moab Astronomy Tours
Big Rack Shuttle
Moab Express Shuttle
Poison Spider Bicycles
Red River Adventures

 

 


Sustainability Opportunities for Moab Businesses and Residents
Anyone with a business or home single- or double-wide trailer that uses electricity is eligible for a FREE weatherization session. The labor and equipment value is $450 and it could save each household/business approximately $300 annually. We need 50 participants to be eligible. The kits and weatherization are all funded through grants.

Folks can pick up energy conservation kits and sign up for the weatherization program at the City of Moab Sustainability Office, second floor, City Hall, 217 E. Center St. If you work for an organization that can use a number of kits, contact rrusso@moabcity.org

 
 
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