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Top Global Energy and Security Experts Speak at Sun Valley Wellness Festival PDF Print E-mail

We are very excited that two of the nation’s foremost energy and national security experts will be keynote speakers at the Sun Valley Wellness Festival this year.  Please forward to any of your colleagues and contacts who you think might be interested in attending.  See information below:

The Sun Valley Wellness Festival will offer an unprecedented second keynote address on Saturday, May 25, 2013, with global energy leaders Amory Lovins and R. James Woolsey. In their address, What’s Energy Got to Do With It? Everything!, Lovins and Woolsey will discuss our energy present and our energy future.

Energy underpins the earth’s health as well as personal health, from enabling alleviation of suffering from poverty, to providing clean air, to helping to ensure national security. Energy is perhaps the world’s greatest challenge, but also the greatest opportunity. In this moment of economic and environmental distress, newly cost-competitive and effective energy solutions are available to capitalize on right now and secure a more sustainable future.

To explain the complex energy puzzle are two of the world’s most respected experts with unique and engaging perspectives. Amory Lovins is widely considered among the world’s leading authorities on energy, having advised both major corporations to the Pentagon on our energy risks and opportunities. He is the founder of the renowned Rocky Mountain Institute, and recipient of multiple awards including the Onassis Prize, the Heinz Award, the Time Hero of the Planet and the Blue Planet Prize.

R. James Woolsey is a former CIA Director and co-founder of the United States Energy Security Council whose real-world experience of the risks America faces from its unsustainable energy system has led him to be a powerful voice for America’s leadership in energy efficiency and renewable energy.

This will be a dynamic, powerful and informative conversation that will engage the audience regarding the global issues, as well as the opportunities that can be capitalized on locally. The talk will be facilitated by Sun Valley's resident global energy expert Aimée Christensen, CEO of Christensen Global Strategies.

“We are extremely fortunate to have these renowned energy experts come and speak this year,” remarked Sun Valley Wellness Institute Board member John Sofro, who led the effort to secure them as speakers at the festival.  “Energy is a key to sustainability and a very important part of the wellness conversation.”

About the Sun Valley Wellness Festival

Recognized as one of the Top Ten Wellness Events in the world by Travel to Wellness, The Sun Valley Wellness Festival return for its 16th year, May 24-27 at Sun Valley Resort featuring over 30 of the nation’s top speakers on  cutting-edge Mind, Body, Spirit and Environmental wellness topics.  The 2013 Festival keynote speakers include Dr. Eben Alexander, Harvard neurosurgeon and New York Times best-selling author of Proof of Heaven, as well as top global energy and security experts Amory Lovins, founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute, and R James Woolsey, former director of the CIA.  The Festival also features an innovative variety of workshops, yoga classes with guest instructors, including addiction recovery specialist Tommy Rosen, music and a Wellness Expo which offers a showcase of wellness products and Hands on Hall which features an array of healing and intuitive guidance experts. 

Major Sun Valley Wellness Festival sponsors include Spirituality & Health Magazine, SFP Studios, Zions Bank and St. Luke’s Wood River Foundation.

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Welcome Center – Red, but Very Green PDF Print E-mail

Celebrate Completion of Hailey’s LEED Building

The Welcome Center, the second building in Hailey to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) designation, is complete and ready to show off. The City will open the doors to the public with an open house. This family friendly event will include special thanks from Mayor Haemmerle, information on green building in Idaho, presented by the US Green Building Council – Idaho Chapter Executive Director, Charlie Woodruff, light refreshments, and an activity for the kids. The City would like to thank those that helped design and construct the building. That includes a number of local artists, green building experts, contractors, and suppliers. Prior to the open house, there will be a LEED discussion and tour of the building, for those in the design and construction industry.

Sustainable Living Discussion Group PDF Print E-mail

The word “sustainability” has been popularized to such an extent that its meaning has gotten lost for many of us. No matter what terminology is chosen to describe it, we do know that our future depends on the lifestyle choices that we make today. The ERC’s Choices for Sustainable Living discussion group will be based on a guide written by the well-respected Northwest Earth Institute in Portland. The topics included are ecological principles, food, community, consumption and the economy, and the readings were recently updated to include transportation. Over the seven sessions, Choices for Sustainable Living helps participants explore the meaning and vision of sustainability from individual, societal and global perspectives. During the discussions, the group will:

• Explore the meaning of sustainability
• Consider the ties between lifestyle choices and their impact on Earth
• Learn about steps that can be taken to move toward ecologically sustainable organizations, lifestyles, and communities.

The only fee to participate is for the cost of the guide, which can be purchased

Free Workshop on Energy Efficiency and Renewables PDF Print E-mail

Would you like to reduce your energy bills? Learn the best energy upgrades for the buck and how to stack available funding tools for even more savings, plus, behavioral changes that reduce energy usage. The workshop will be held at Hailey Public Library from 6-7:30p.m. on Thursday, November 8. This workshop is open to everyone and is sponsored by Hailey Community Climate Challenge. The Challenge is a three-year community-based project designed to empower people to save energy and money, support the local economy, and share ideas and results with friends and neighbors – and even other communities. The Challenge offers the chance to both teach and learn new knowledge and skills, help your town and have some fun in the process. Learn about the Challenge opportunities at Workshop details 208-788-9815x24.

Have a hour? Volunteer for ERC projects! PDF Print E-mail

As you may well know, ERC has a miniscule staff and we often need a hand around the office or in the classrooms (so that we can maintain a low student to teacher ratio). Here is a list of some needs that are upcoming. If you help us, we’ll add you to the list for a drawing for a full Nordic pass from Blaine County Recreation District! Call us at 208.726.4333 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Yearend giving appeal:  We need help addressing envelopes, writing notes, sealing envelopes and those kind of office activities. This will all happen in October, so if you are interested, call Lisa at the ERC office for details.  A lot of this kind of work can be done as “homework”, so you can watch your favorite show while you work!

Classroom programs:  We need one or two classroom helpers for Science After School! programs. This fall, the schools involved are Woodside and Hailey Elementary Schools. Woodside is on Tuesdays from October 9-November 27 from 2:30-4p.m.  Hailey Elementary is Thursdays, from October 11-November 15, also from 2:30-4p.m. 

Highway Cleanup:  We have not yet set the date for our fall cleanup, but it will be before the end of October. Just let us know if you are interested in helping. Our section is two miles from Saddle Road intersection in Ketchum to the north.

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