Sunday, February 17, 2013
Hayden Public Library will be closed Monday in observance of Presidents Day. The library will reopen Tuesday
Sustainability manager visits to discuss goals, accolades
Hillsboro, Ore., Sustainability Manager Peter Brandom visited Steamboat Springs on Friday to discuss his goals, successes, partners and accolades for his work in the city near Portland, Ore., according to a news release.
Among the city’s successes, Brandom listed:
■ LED bulbs on traffic lights
■ Green buildings, many with LEED qualifications
■ Solar facilities, 200 kilowatts total
■ Alternative fuel fleet transitioning to electric
■ Community gardens
■ Green Power Challenge to encourage businesses to purchase green power
■ Sustainability Revolving Fund
■ Recycling collaboration and business recycling workshops
■ Ordinance requiring businesses to offer recycling
Hillsboro has set the following goals to achieve by 2020:
■ zero toxic emissions
■ 100 percent recycling of waste from city
■ zero construction and maintenance waste
■ 100 percent sustainable development
■ 60 percent reduced city facility energy consumption
■ 100 percent electric and gas from renewable for city facilities
■ 80 percent reduction in greenhouse emissions
■ 80 percent production of energy from renewable
To help fund the projects, Oregon has a 3 percent tax on utility bills that funds energy efficiency incentives, according to the release. Another source of funding is the Sustainable Revolving Fund, which uses 50 percent of money saved from energy efficiency projects during the first year (25 percent in the second and third years) to fund new projects, the release stated.
The city offers perks to businesses who participate in energy efficiency projects, including eliminating building fees for businesses that install solar on their buildings, according to the release.
In part because of these initiatives, Hillsboro ranks second on the countrywide Green Power Rankings list behind Washington, D.C., and the Green Power Purchased list behind Brookeville, Md.
For more information about what Hillsboro is doing, view the city’s Community Vision Plan at www.hillsboro2020.org.
Atmos Energy reminding of carbon monoxide dangers
Atmos Energy is reminding customers to take steps to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas and prolonged exposure can be fatal. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headache, sleepiness, weakness, vomiting, dizziness and tightness in the chest. If you or your family members experience these symptoms, call 911, and call Atmos Energy at 1-866-322-8667.
To help prevent carbon monoxide poisoning:
■ Install carbon monoxide detectors on all floors where bedrooms are located.
■ Do not idle a car in an attached garage.
■ Make sure chimneys and flues are clean and unobstructed and that appliances and portable heaters have proper ventilation.
■ Remove clutter from around gas furnaces and water heaters, and change furnace filters regularly.
■ Do not use natural gas ovens as a heating source.
■ Do not use charcoal indoors.