A Note from the CRES Executive Director
-All the time and hard work volunteers put in on the Denver Area Sustainable Living Tour and the SECRES Tour of Sustainable Buildings
CRES has needs for volunteers in the following projects and roles:
- Data input in our eTapestry database. Project will require 4-6 hours of work initially, and then 1-2 hours per month. After initial training, work may be performed at home. Skills required: familiarity with databases, good organizational skills, attention to detail.
- Social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Meetup) volunteer to post news, stories and events and to assist in developing guidelines for posting. Position requires 2-4 hours per month from any location. Skills required: proficiency in posting on social media, ability to comply with CRES posting guidelines, and ability to keep abreast of breaking news. Prefer ability to attend occasional Marketing and Communication Committee meetings.
- Programs Committee members to help plan and execute monthly speaker series in the Denver area. Includes selection of topics, arranging speakers and venues, securing or arranging for refreshments, and setting up before meetings and clean-up after meetings. Positions require approximately 2-4 hours per month, ability to attend occasional meetings, and preferably availability on the 4th Thursday of the month in the evening. Skills required: good communication and organization, willingness to do legwork. Contacts in renewable energy and/or energy efficiency fields preferred.
- Marketing & Communications Committee chair and members to support projects and events. Includes review of promotional materials, drafting and/or review of press releases, graphic design, public relations, developing communications and marketing plan development. Positions require 2-4 hours per month, ability to attend monthly meetings (may participate via conference call sometimes). Skills required: communication and organization, web, print and social media proficiency, editing and writing, design and/or other skills as required by projects. Chair position requires leadership skills and ability to plan and oversee execution of marketing projects.
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Jay Burch, Ph.D. is senior physicist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, with over 30 years experience in the areas of modeling and measurement of thermal systems. His main research area is the reconciliation of thermal simulation models with measurements, for both buildings and solar hot water systems.
He has managed the research in the Solar Heating and Cooling Program since 1995, including the U.S. Department of Energy initiative supporting industry-led development of low-cost polymer-based solar water heaters which can be installed under $3000. This project resulted in market entry of two low-cost solar water heaters. He is now leading a recently-started NREL-industry collaboration for ultra-low-cost solar water heaters, with goal of an installed system cost of under $1000 without rebates, excluding uncontrollable soft costs.
How do I pay for this? The financing of home energy efficiency improvements or adding renewable energy systems has been a major challenge to homeowners achieving their goals. Stephen Ponce-Pore of the Bank of Colorado will demonstrate financing options for making these improvements for existing homeowners, via refinancing, as well as new home mortgages. Come learn about your options for increasing the comfort and reducing the operating costs of your home.
At the Bank of Colorado, Stephen initiated the development of the Colorado ENERGY STAR Mortgage, which formed a partnership with the Governor’s Energy Office and Colorado ENERGY STAR Homes to provide reduced mortgage rates to homeowners that renovate their homes for energy efficiency and for the buyers of new ENERGY STAR Homes. He recently led the bank in its successful bid to become the only Colorado based bank to offer the new FHA PowerSaver Loan.
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Odell Brewing Company Tasting Room, 800 E. Lincoln Ave., Fort Collins
Admission: $5.00 for non-members
- November 13, NCRES, Financing Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy for the Home: ENERGY STAR Mortgages, PowerSaver Loans & Refinancing, Time: 7 p.m. Location: Odell Brewing Company Tasting Room, 800 E. Lincoln Ave.
- November 14, DUCRES, Renewable Energy Projects and Policies to Combat Climate Change, with Dave Bowden. Time 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. at University of Denver, Sturm College of Law in Room 190
- November 15 (note special date), CRES Denver Area Speaker Series and Networking Meeting, CRES office at the Habitat for Humanity Building, 3245 Eliot St., Denver, CO 80211
- December 4, Colorado Gives Day: 24 hours to Give Where You Live! www.coloradogives.org/renewable
- December 6, CRES Legislative Briefing at the State Capitol, “Colorado Energy and Colorado Water: the Nexus”. More details soon.
- December 13, CRES Volunteer Appreciation Celebration, CRES office, 3245 Eliot St., Denver. More details soon.