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2009 Garden-In-A-Box Designs Released

CRC Announces Species for Spring Tree Sale!

Coming to ReSource March 2009...

ReSource Staff Win 2 Prestigious BGBG Awards

The CRC and BGBG Join Forces to Host the 2009 Green After Dark Presentations

CRC Offers Solar PV Grants for BVSD Schools!

Call for Artists!

ReSource Ft. Collins Forms New Green Partnership

Meet Boulder's own Mr. Recycle

Special Thanks to Paige Hirschey for Donation of Art to the CRC

2009 Garden-In-A-Box Designs Released

Gardens go on sale March 2nd!

Rocky Mountain Penstemon

Low-water landscaping doesn’t have to be hard. The CRC has done the design work for you, choosing beautiful low-water plants and putting them together into thoughtful designs. We have three great 2009 Garden-In-A-Box designs that go on sale March 2nd.

Latitude 40 is a showy new garden designed by xeriscape expert Jim Knopf. This hardy garden uses exceptionally little water and is ideal for those without a green thumb. A second option is Bare Naked Native, a classic textural garden full of plants native to the Rocky Mountain Region. Returning this year is Cool Connections, with its ever-popular pink and purple color scheme.

Garden-In-A-Box will be available to residents of Boulder, Golden, Longmont and Loveland this spring. The CRC will start taking orders on March 2nd, and garden pickup will occur on Saturdays in May. Please click here to put your name on the waitlist.

CRC Announces Species for Popular Spring Tree Sale!

8 species go on sale March 2nd!

Plant a tree that’s right for Boulder’s arid climate. In partnership with the City of Boulder’s Urban Forestry Department, the CRC is offering eight species of trees for sale this spring.

All species have been chosen by the Urban Forestry Department for their suitability to Boulder’s climate. Trees will costs $50 each and come as 5-10 foot saplings.

Trees available:
  • Tatarian Maple
  • Ruby Red Horsechestnut
  • Western Catalpa
  • Hackberry
  • Goldenrain Tree
  • ‘Cleveland Select’ Pear (does not produce fruit)
  • Bur Oak
  • Red Oak

Click here for more information and to add your name to our waitlist. Trees are available to City of Boulder residents, and go on sale on March 2nd. Tree pickup will be on Saturday, May 9th.

Coming to ReSource March 2009...

Reduce, Reuse, ReSource

2665 63rd Street, Boulder
(303) 419-5418

1501 N. College, Fort Collins
(970) 498-9663

Customer Appreciation Sale

Every weekend selected materials 30% Off

Check out our locations in both Boulder and Fort Collins

ReSource Spring 2009 Customer Appreciation Party

Many may remember our incredible fall “Green Drinks” party, stay tuned for information on our upcoming spring event.

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ReSource Staff Win 2 Prestigious BGBG Awards

Congratulations to our dedicated staff!

Mark Bowen, our longtime ReSource Boulder Associate, was awarded the Boulder Green Building Guild's Pioneer Award for his years of service to Boulder's green building movement.

Shaun LaBarre, ReSource Boulder Program Manager and City of Boulder Deconstruction Professional, was awarded the Boulder Green Building Guild's Leadership Initiative Award for his work with the ReSource Boulder Yard and his work related to the City of Boulder's Green Points Program.

Click here for more information on the BGBG or these awards.



CRC & BGBG Join Forces to Host 2009 Green After Dark Presentations

The CRC and BGBG have joined forces to host the 2009 Green After Dark Presentations - Home Energy Audits and Financing the Findings with the ClimateSmart Loan Program

As homeowners look for ways to fend off rising utility bills, home energy audits are emerging as a critical tool to understanding your homes' energy usage and specific ways to improve energy efficiency. Boulder County encourages homeowners to take this critical first step by subsidizing, or offering a substantial discount, on energy audits.

So what's involved in an energy audit anyway? This talk will explore the audit process including energy bill analysis, heating/cooling system evaluation, insulation inspection, and lighting/appliance review. Come hear first hand from a local energy auditor about the fun involved in crawling around attics and crawlspaces in search of energy savings. Finally, learn how the new ClimateSmart Loan Program can help take you from audit to action through a financing program intended to help homeowners quickly integrate the energy efficiency upgrades needed.

Date: February 25, 2009
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: REI BOULDER, Community Room, 1789 28th Street
Green After Dark is FREE to BGBG and CRC members! 

Click here and follow the link to events to register.


CRC Offers Solar PV Grants for BVSD Schools!

The CRC's ReNew Our Schools program will award up to four 10kW photovoltaic (PV) systems to selected BVSD schools

Get solar on your school!
The Center for ReSource Conservation (CRC), in partnership with Boulder Valley School District (BVSD), is excited to announce the launch of a pilot program, ReNew Our Schools. In its mission to educate the community about resource conservation, the program will award solar panels (photovoltaics) to local schools with an understanding that the schools will use the solar panels to educate the students and local school community about renewable energy.

In the ReNew Our Schools program, the CRC will award up to four 10kW photovoltaic (PV) systems, including a monitoring system, to selected BVSD schools. Once awarded, installation of the systems will come at no cost to the selected schools. In return, the schools will create an Action Plan that will describe how they will teach the school and greater school community about renewable energy.

The systems will be installed in summer 2009 and the Action Plan (curriculum, presentation, and community-based project) must be completed over the 2009-2010 school year. A final portfolio documenting the program’s accomplishments is to be presented to the CRC in July 2010.

Click here to learn more which schools are eligible and to download an application.

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Call for Artists!

Re- Visions: an opportunity for local artists to Re-think, Re-cycle, Re-use, and Re-vise

The Rocky Mountain Sustainable Living Association is calling artists to submit work to their annual art show.

The theme of this year’s show is Re-Visions. This is an opportunity for local artists to  Re-think, Re-cycle, Re-use, and yes, Re-vise in order to express their unique visions of beauty and sustainability. The show is a call to artists to support their community and speak to the immediacy of their environment(s).

As artists, our common goal is to create artwork that is real to the artist’s time and place and to provoke discourse within our community. This is your chance to contribute and create; to be a part of a movement that is changing the way people on the Front Range live.

Re-Visions will be an interactive art show where artists’ works are used to bring together community on all levels. Re-Visions asks artists and participants to create a cyclical art experience that demonstrates how art enriches our lives at the core, creates balance and meaning, and helps us to truly live more sustainably.

Art must be submitted by the last day of March. The show will run the month of April culminating with a live auction on Earth Day (April 22). All proceeds go to the Rocky Mountain Sustainable Living Association. All submitted art is a tax-deductible donation.
Don't let this opportunity to help your community slip-by.

Contact Erik Hofseth or Kristina Cash for more information.
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ReSource Ft. Collins Forms New Green Partnership

(Above) One of the buildings to be deconstructed

The ReSource program and the National Center for Craftsmanship (NCC), have formed a green partnership on the City of Fort Collins deconstruction project at 1425 N. Overland Trail, part of the City’s recent land acquisition to be added to the Reservoir Ridge Natural Area. This partnership brings together the educational mission of the NCC and the environmental mission of the ReSource program to complement and maximize on the community efforts of both organizations and the City of Fort Collins sustainability goals.

This collaborative project “gets the City closer to its adopted goal of diverting 50% of the community's garbage, which not only saves on landfill space, but also conserves the earth's resources and reduces greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change” says Susie Gordon, Senior Environmental Planner at the City of Fort Collins, Department of Natural Resources.

NCC is dedicated to developing and training the next generation of craftspeople and utilizes deconstruction as a hands-on practicum to help high school-aged youth and adults gain valuable, marketable skills. Unlike traditional scrape-and-dump demolition, using unwanted buildings as a learning laboratory provides an on-site classroom where students learn construction skills and green building practices and up to 75% of building materials are diverted from the landfill and into the reuse and recycle stream

ReSource is dedicated to empowering our community to conserve natural resources and operates its building material reclamation facilities in Fort Collins and Boulder, Colorado, diverting over 2.5 million pounds of material from landfills annually and reselling ReSourced materials back to the public for 50%-90% below retail seven days a week.  “We connect the dots to Go Green and Save Green for everyone in the community,” says Spenser Villwock, Deputy Director of the CRC.

The collaboration will leverage further growth and interest in green job creation and achieving sustainability goals. Both organizations have been designated as Enterprise Zone Projects by the Colorado Economic Development Commission allowing donor partners and contributors to leverage significant tax deductions and State tax credits.

Additionally, the project is being considered for national exposure of the unique partnership Neil Kaufman, NCC Executive Director, and Spenser Villwock of the CRC have been discussing this project with producers of the Discovery Channel show, “Renovation Nation.”  The filming crew will be shooting in Northern Colorado in the spring of this year and were enthusiastic to learn of this unique NCC-ReSource-City of Fort Collins project.


Mr. Recycle

Greg Ekrem stands with his children in front of the shed he built of ReSourced materials

Executive Dumpster diver is a label that Greg Ekrem attempts to shrug off. He prefers to call himself a "hobbyist repurposer and recycler." However, as he shows me around his collection of recycle creations, it becomes obvious that Greg has been as resourceful in aquireing materials as he has been reusing them.

Read more of this story, which appeared in the Daily Camera on January 30, 2009. Article written by Boulder resident Jane Palmer.

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Paige Hirschey, Student Artist

Local student wins first prize and donates money to the CRC

Student artist Paige Hirschey (left) and CRC's Executive Director, Keith Desrosiers, with Paige's award-winning sculpture "Bright Idea"

Last December local high schooler Paige Hirschey won the top award for her sculpture, "Bright Idea," at the Community Foundation's Culture of Giving Art Contest. The contest was designed to engage youth in the foundations' efforts to emphasize philanthropy in Boulder County, and it inspired Paige to donate the proceeds of her award to the Center for ReSource Conservation. Not only did she donate the winnings in her category, but she donated her art! You can see it anytime by coming to our office at 2639 Spruce Street in Boulder. Thank you, Paige!

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