Access to $50,000 loan fund secured for home energy improvements in Lake County

A revolving loan fund with $50,000 set aside for Lake County is administered through Cloud City Conservation Center (C4) and the Energy Smart Colorado Partnership.  As loans are paid back, they will become available again for future projects.

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Turn-around times for loan processing have been as quick as 4 hours and interest rates start at 3.75%.  Loans can be as low as $1,000 or as high as $25,000.   Though many different types of energy improvements are eligible, homes must have an energy assessment first, so that improvements can be accurately diagnosed.   Thanks to support from Xcel Energy and Lake County, energy assessments are available for a base-price of $50, a third of the cost of audits in surrounding counties.  Additional energy improvements have included air sealing, insulation, heating, window and door upgrades and solar installations.

Your Input on Recycling

We asked you: What do we do about recycling in Lake County?  You responded:
Work toward community resiliency, consider wide-spread (municipal) curb-side trash and recycling, compost, illegal dumping in the woods is gross, get those recycle bins back on main street.

recycle inputStaff comment: Good news!  Green Wolf Recycling has donated to C4, more than a dozen recycle bins to be placed in the downtown area.  The City is working on handling pick-up.  So we should see those bins on Harrison soon!

Your comments:

Recycling as Part of overall plan for more resilient community

  • local food
  • Energy efficiency and self sufficiency
  • Community cohesion
  • Citizen health
  • Water and sanitation self sufficiency

Focus on Bigger issue

Compost, compost at chicken hill, community garden 101 Toledo
Add recycle bins at city parking lot on west 3rd

Create safe bike lanes

It would be awfully convenient to have recycling cans next to the trash cans on the street corners of harrison (just like they have in frisco)

Every gas station and grocery store in Colorado (legislation) should have recycling in front of the stores to re-collect all the cans and bottles they sell out the doo

Municipal trash and recycling

Yep, treating the various and Sunday mine holes in the County as one’s personal landfill does NOT constitute recycling
Better ideas:

  • work towards a bottle deposit in Colorado
  • curbside pick up, cost of which is included in our property taxes = no incentive to dump
  • Single stream? Make it easy to do

Find a use for wealth of mine tailings
The ‘last straw’ use less or no straws
Something different than junking the woods

Thanks for a great event and all the work you do C4!
Recycle or die.

Thank You Leadville for a Great Film Night

Seventy-five people showed up at Leadville Outdoors to watch some great films with us and support C4.  Favorites for the night were: Ernest, the story of one man’s simple life in SW Colorado and the feature film, Chasing Water.  In this picture, Ben and Cooper contemplate the Recycling Mind Map.IMG_1964

Our mission is to inspire stewardship of our natural resources by creating educational opportunities and lasting community infrastructure in Leadville and Lake County, Colorado.