By Karen Goodwin
Special to The PREVIEW
Southwest Organization for Sustainability (SOS) and the Pagosa 100% Campaign are hosting four workshops during August and September that will focus on moving our town toward a goal of being powered by 100 percent renewable energy.
Electricity generated by fossil fuels continues to increase air and water pollution, impairing human health and degrading the global environment. Not only are solar and wind clean sources of energy, they are now the cheapest forms of new energy generation.
Today, the solar and wind industries employ 2.5 times more people in the U.S. than fossil fuel energy production, and employment in U.S. wind and solar energy is growing 12 times faster than in other industries.
On Thursday, Aug. 17, you are invited to a potluck supper and group discussion at 5:30 p.m. at the Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association Clubhouse, 230 Port Ave., off Vista Boulevard. The topic will be “Why We Must Bring Clean Energy to Southwest Colorado.” SOS President Denise Rue-Pastin and Pagosa 100% Chair Holly Metzler will lead the discussion. Drinks and dinnerware will be provided.
Workshops on Aug. 31, Sept. 14 and Sept. 28 will also be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association Clubhouse. On Aug. 31, Dan Harms from La Plata Electric Association will talk about the challenges of bringing clean energy sources to rural electric coops. On Sept. 14, Leslie Glustrom from Clean Energy Action will talk about how we can effectively campaign for renewable energy. And on Sept. 28, Richard White, mayor of Durango, will discuss community planning for a 100 percent clean energy future.