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  • Four Corners Electronics RecyclingRecycle Now!
    Bring computers, TVs, monitors, or anything else with a power cord in any condition to:
    (970) 565-4721 to arrange dropoff
    2717 S. Broadway
    Cortez, Colorado

    Four Corners Recycling InitiativeThe mission of the Four Corners Recycling Initiative is to promote sustainable living through waste diversion and recycling, education and outreach, and economic opportunities without increasing the tax burden on those we serve.

    World Clock and Earth StatisticsYou need Flash installed to see this.

    Stop the Junk Mail Monster

    Eco-Cycle Do-It-Yourself instructions Hands off, 100% guaranteed, 5 year, non-profit service costs $41

    Check Your Appliance Power Use

    Check out Kill-a-Watts at
    Mancos Public Library Do you know what your refrigerator, freezer or other household appliances are costing you per month? Empire Electric and the Mancos Public Library have teamed up to help you determine how you are using your electricity in your home. Empire Electric has donated KILL-A-WATT METERS that you can check out just as you would a book. Take it home, plug it in and test your electric consumption! It is free but electricity is not.

    Lotsa Useful Links

    Citizen Action

  • New! Ft. Lewis College Environmental Center

    The EC has five goals that guide our work

    * Empower students
    * Make sustainability a community effort
    * Strengthen community-based learning and research
    * Encourage innovation
    * Integrate environmental and social justice issues (read more)

  • Montezuma County Conservation District,

    Partners in protecting the agricultural lifestyle in Montezuma County.

    (read more)

    Dolores and Mancos Conservation Districts
  • LaPlata Climate and Energy Action Plan

    The La Plata Climate and Energy Action Plan project provides a concrete and systematic way for concerned citizens to volunteer and get involved right now in identifying the many ways, large and small, that our community, individuals, governments, businesses, and other groups can reduce greenhouse gasses throughout La Plata County.

    (read more...)
  • 4CORE The Four Corners Office for Resource Efficiency (4CORE) mission is to promote resource conservation, energy efficiency, and the use of clean, renewable sources of energy in order to decrease the emission of pollutants, protect public health, and strengthen the economy.
    Four Corners Office for Resource Efficiency
  • Scientist James Hansen Proposes His proposal calls for a "simple, honest" carbon fee, collected from fossil−fuel companies upon the first sale at the mine, wellhead or port of entry. The money collected via this fee would be distributed to the public as a monthly "dividend" or "green check."
    "People´s Climate Stewardship Act": A Simple Carbon Fee with Revenue Returned to Americans
  • Carbon Tax Center Why revenue-neutral carbon taxes are essential, what´s happening now, and how you can help
  • Citizens´ Climate Lobby At Citizens Climate Lobby, we believe that our national policy on climate change should be a match for the science. Toward that end, we offer the following legislation that will achieve the critical goals needed to avert catastrophic climate change. We believe this legislation can achieve these goals while at the same time shielding Americans from the financial impact of transitioning to a clean−energy economy.
  • Price Carbon Campaign A price on carbon would be the quickest and most effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, create incentives for renewable energy and efficiency, and generate green jobs. Fees could be returned to citizens as payroll tax relief or as dividends to promote economic equity.
  • Environment Tech Sites

  • New! NOAA
    Extreme Weather
    and Climate Events
  • EPA page on Navajo Generating Station Proposed Actions
    Four Corners Power Plant

    October 6, 2010 − Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Best Available Retrofit Technology Determination for Four Corners Power Plant

    EPA proposes to cut NOx emissions at nation’s largest source, Four Corners Power Plant
    ... Read More
  • More Energy News from MIT's Technology Review Among the most technically interesting and accurate eneregy news sites.
  • Skeptical Science Scientific skepticism is healthy. Scientists should always challenge themselves to expand their knowledge and improve their understanding. Yet this isn´t what happens in global warming skepticism. Skeptics vigorously criticise any evidence that supports man-made global warming and yet eagerly, even blindly embrace any argument, op−ed piece, blog or study that refutes global warming.
  • Global Warming
    Union of Concerned Scientists Global warming is one of the most serious challenges facing us today. To protect the health and economic well−being of current and future generations, we must reduce our emissions of heat−trapping gases by using the technology, know−how, and practical solutions already at our disposal.
  • Global Climate Change − NASA's Eyes on the Earth 2009: Second warmest year on record
  • Public Technology Institute
  • Energy Information Administration, an independent agency within the U.S. Department of Energy.

  • Nasa's Global Climate Change Site contains the latest information regarding climate change in very readable format. The site is by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Cal Tech.

    Other’s Newsletters

  • Mountain Studies Institute
    June 2010 NewsletterRead it here if you didn´t get it by email.
  • Archived MSI Newsletters in pdf format
  • Archived GEO Newsletters in pdf format
  • Local Environment Tech

  • Ozone Readings in Cortez − Real Time !! Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment provides ozone readings for the past 12 hours.
  • Ozone Readings in Cortez − Long Term Table Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment table of 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th maximum 8hr average ozone readings as well as 3 year average of 4th maximum values.
  • Colorado Ozone Tech. Support Document Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment PDF document contains ozone requirements and a great deal of general information about areas of the state including Montezuma county. Search the document for 'Montezuma'.
  • Mountain Studies Institutes´ 2009 San Juan Air Quality Forum Presentations
  • Local, State, National
    Renewable Energy Links and Incentives

    Term Definitions

    GEO − Governor’s Energy Office
    SDHW − Solar Domestic Hot Water

  • Empire Electric’s Green Power Program
  • City of Cortez "Grants to Citizens" page
  • City's SDHW Rebate page
  • GEO SDHW Rebate Program Application Forms and checklist.
  • List of GEO approved SDHW contractors working in Montezuma County.
  • U.S. Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency
  • Database of Colorado Incentives for Homeowner Renewables and Efficiency
  • U.S. Federal Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency
  • Green Made Simple provides one-source information about rebates, tax credits and other incentives which is searchable by zipcode.
  • Solar Links

  • Build It SolarThis website is a wealth of DIY solar info. Great site! Diy Solar

  • Solar Domestic Hot Water

    On This Site

  • Small system diagram
  • More complex system
  • Two panel system
  • Large drainback system
  • Eric Walker's SDHW pdf

    External SDHW Links

  • DIY SDHW links

  • Photo Voltaic Solar

  • Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Systems This site has a lot of useful PV project info including writeups of individuals projects.

  • PV Basice, Physics, Devices, Systems, Payback Times This DOE "Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy" Photovoltaic page has lots of useable information... particularly the "Energy Payback Times for Photovoltaic Technologies" summarized for various PV technologies in Table 1.

  • Solar Panel Sizing Information
  • PVWatts PV Production Calculator
  • Solar Module retail price ranges by Solarbuzz
  • New Low Cost Solar Panels Ready for Mass Production Sept. 10, 2007 -- Colorado State University's method for manufacturing low-cost, high-efficiency solar panels is nearing mass production. AVA Solar Inc. will start production by the end of next year on the technology developed by mechanical engineering Professor W.S. Sampath at Colorado State. The new 200-megawatt factory is expected to employ up to 500 people. Based on the average household usage, 200 megawatts will power 40,000 U.S. homes.
  • General Solar

  • Solar DIY Space Heating Projects Plans for a wide variety of solar space heating projects you can build.

    Solar space heating can be 25 or more times more cost effective than solar electric (PV) systems, and the systems are excellent DIY projects. Payback for these low cost solar heating systems can be as little as one year...(more)

  • Solar for Home or Office: Decision-making Tools U.S. DOE, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

    Here are some decision-making tools to aid you in the process of learning about and using energy-efficient and solar electric technologies and products.
  • American Solar Energy Society
  • Florida Solar Energy Center
  • International Solar Energy Society
  • The Solar Living Institute Website
  • Institute for Local Self-Reliance
  • Bubble Wrap Window Insulation
  • Climate and weather animations as well as many other educational animations.
  • mapawatt "Your resource for energy and water conservation" (and sustainability and local foods and lots of other stuff!)
  • ´The Age of Stupid´: a wakeup call on climate is a newly released video.
  • "Fuelly" is a free website where you can track your vehicle's mileage.
  • Wind Links

  • The National Wind Technology Center
  • American Wind Energy Association
  • WindTurbines.netA Social Network for the Wind Energy Community
  • General Links

  • Electricity Basics 101, U.S. Energy Information Administration
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • US DOE Energy Effeciency and Renewable Energy Home Effeciency Guide
  • Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
  • Home Power Magazine
  • Department of Energy
  • Green Power Network
  • Alternative Energy News
  • Alternative Technology Association
  • The Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Letter
  • Resources for the Future: Energy
  • World Energy Council
  • Fuel Cell Development Information Center
  • Fusion Energy Sciences Homepage
  • Renewable Fuels Association
  • Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion
  • Ecoseed, the global green portal

  • Recycling Facts

    According to this Alcoa press release
  • Recycled aluminum requires 95 percent less energy to produce and can be recycled a multitude of times.

  • Recycling Directory

    Take a look at our local recycling directory (pdf). Send us any other recycling locations that should be part of the matrix.

    Kermit Awards 2008

    In recognition of their significant efforts toward greenhouse gas reduction:

  • Cheri Dorshak
  • Sam Carter
  • Shawn Collins
  • Empire Electric
  • Farmers Market Association
  • Greater Dolores Action Group
  • Brett LeCompte
  • JoDee Powers
  • Jude and Addie Scheunemeyer
  • Matthew Keefauver
  • Patsy Smith
  • Organic Growers
  • Osprey Packs
  • Picaya

  • M-CAN Logo

    The following is a CURRENT map of wildfires in the U.S. over−laid on google maps.

    The usual Google Maps controls for moving around and zooming are available. Once you have zoomed in enough to see the fire perimeter, you can click within the perimeter to get info on that fire.

    Mouse over
    below ¦


    ‘The Spark’, an upcoming documentary film that shows a blueprint for realistic, immediate solutions

    Nat Turner is the founder of Our School at Blair Grocery, a youth education center in the Katrina-ravaged 9th Ward of New Orleans, Louisiana.

    Meet Nat Turner, who drove a school bus to New Orleans with a dream of healing the Lower 9th Ward after Hurricane Katrina. He gained national attention for transforming an abandoned grocery store into a community youth education center, Our School Blair Grocery, where he teaches kids to sell vegetables instead of crack. Most of his students come from within the Ninth Ward, and for some it’s is not just a classroom; it’s a sanctuary.

    Posted on M−CAN 6−30−2013

    Allan Savory: How to green the world’s deserts and reverse climate change

    External Site

    Filmed Feb 2013 • Posted Mar 2013 • TED2013

    “Desertification is a fancy word for land that is turning to desert,” begins Allan Savory in this quietly powerful talk. And terrifyingly, it’s happening to about two−thirds of the world’s grasslands, accelerating climate change and causing traditional grazing societies to descend into social chaos. Savory has devoted his life to stopping it. He now believes −− and his work so far shows −− that a surprising factor can protect grasslands and even reclaim degraded land that was once desert.

    Allan Savory works to promote holistic management in the grasslands of the world. Full bio »

     Watch TED video lecture

    Posted on M−CAN 3−4−2013

    The OECD has released a report outlining the challenges humanity faces to maintain water r...

    Worldwide population growth and the related rapid increase in urbanization is already posing problems in many areas for the management of that most precious of resources, water. With these problems only set to intensify, the Organization for Economic Co−Operation and Development (OECD) has released a report outlining the challenges humanity faces to maintain water resources in the face of demographic growth and climate change.

     Read More

    Posted on M−CAN 9−25−2012

    How To Relate Climate Extremes to Climate Change

    External Site

    Trenberth: The answer to the oft−asked question of whether an event is caused by climate change is that it is the wrong question. All weather events are affected by climate change because the environment in which they occur is warmer and moister than it used to be...

     Read More

    Posted on M−CAN 9−25−2012

    A new material called NOTT-300 could help reduce emissions from coal-fired power plants, s...

    Researchers at the University of Nottingham have developed another weapon in the ongoing war to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases emitted from fossil fuel-burning power plants. The researchers have created a new porous material called NOTT-300 that they claim is cheaper and more efficient than existing materials at capturing polluting gases, such as carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide, from flue gas.  Read More

    Posted on M−CAN 9−25−2012

    Drought bites deeply – this year's corn crop in Missouri Valley, Iowa (Photo: USDA and D...

    Recently, drought seems to be a fact of life. As the lead photograph poignantly illustrates, most of the U.S. has been struggling with serious levels of drought for the past several years. Worldwide, drought affected areas include Europe, India and Pakistan, Russia, much of Africa, South America − the list goes on. But when the rains start again, everyone expresses great relief, not realizing that long−term depletion of groundwater reserves is part of the price for surviving drought. It was with this in mind that GRACE (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment), a joint U.S. and German space project, was designed a decade ago.  Read More

    Posted on M−CAN 9−25−2012

    Markey/Waxman Report: Carbon Pollution Creating A ‘Cocktail Of Heat And Extreme Weather’

    External Site

    by Katie Valentine and Stephen Lacey

    Two House Democrats have released a report that aims to connect the dots on climate change and extreme weather events.

    The staff report, issued by Henry Waxman (D−Calif.) and Edward Markey (D−Mass.), outlines the past year’s record−setting temperatures, storms, droughts, water levels and wildfires, and is being circulated in an attempt to rebuild congressional momentum to address climate change.

    “The evidence is overwhelming — climate change is occurring and it is occurring now,” said Rep. Waxman, a Ranking Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, in a statement.

    The report outlines the stunning array of record−breaking extreme weather events throughout 2012 within five categories: Read More

    Posted on M−CAN 9−25−2012

    EU Official: Romney Could Make Climate Negotiations ‘More Of An Uphill Struggle’

    External Site

    by Nathaniel Niemann and Stephen Lacey

    Mitt Romney’s stance on avoiding action on global warming has been well established.

    Saying last year that he believes reducing CO2 emissions is “not the right course for us,” Romney falsely claimed that “we don’t know” what is causing climate change.

    Actually, we do know. Even a prominent scientist funded by the Koch brothers agreed with the scientific consensus when he recently concluded that humans are almost entirely the cause” of our warming planet. Read More

    Posted on M−CAN 9−25−2012

    $20 Dollar Per Ton Carbon Tax Could Reduce Deficit By $1.2 Trillion In 10 Years

    External Site

    Over the last year, there’s been increasing talk in Washington political circles − including conservative ones − about how to use a carbon tax as a deficit reduction tool. However, with an election season in full swing and a large number of Congressional Republicans campaigning against climate action, the current likelihood of getting a price on carbon is officially zero. Read More

    Posted on M−CAN 9−25−2012

    Old Posts

    New production process could cut solar cell prices by half

    Boosting solar cell efficiency is seen as a key factor in making them more practical, but there is another way of looking at the matter ... if the price of those cells were lowered, we could generate more power simply by using more of them. That’s where Mississippi−based Twin Creeks Technologies comes into the picture. The company has developed a method of making crystalline silicon wafers which it says could reduce the cost of solar cell production by half.

    Posted on M−CAN 3−16−2012

    Southwest Solar Industry Association


    Local solar Installers in Durango and the greater Four Corner’s area recently joined forces to create the Southwest Solar Industry Association (SSIA), a trade group designed to educate and promote the local solar industry.

    “The idea behind the group was to advance our shared interests,” says John Shaw of Shaw Solar. “Most of the installers already know each other, and there is always a friendly competition −; but when it comes to promoting local solar, or responding to an state or LPEA policy issue, we can usually come to a consensus quickly.”

    About SSIA

    The Southwest Solar Industry Association (SSIA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2011 to represent solar energy system installers in the Four Corners and surrounding areas.

    Click for more...

    Posted on M−CAN 3−1−2012

    Empire Electric Director’s Election 2012

    Two district seats are open for election in 2012.
    They are District 4 (Bill Mollenkopf, incumbent) and District 7 (John Porter, incumbent) broadly described as follows:

  • District 4 is generally the northeastern portion of the service area including the town of Dolores. The eastern boundary is the eastern boundary of the Empire Electric service area. The northern boundary is the northern boundary of the Empire Electric service area. The western boundary is generally the section lines along which Montezuma County Road 29 runs. The southern boundary is east along section lines approximately 1 mile south of the intersection of Montezuma County Roads 29 and M.
  • District 7 is generally the eastern and southern portions of the city of Cortez and the Montezuma County area south of Cortez and north of Montezuma County Road H. The eastern boundary is the section lines along which Montezuma County Road 27 runs. The northern boundary is the section lines along which Empire Street in Cortez runs west to the intersection of Empire and Mildred Streets in Cortez, south along Mildred Street in Cortez to Highway 160, and then west along Highway 160 to the intersection of Highway 160 and 491. The western boundary is Highway 491 to its intersection with the section lines along which Montezuma County Road H runs. The southern boundary is the section lines along which Montezuma County Road H runs.
  • More information about the election and dates is on the EEA website.

    Posted on M−CAN 2−12−2012

    Empire Customers Vote for Renewable Energy

    Read this in the Country Life Magazine online on pg 12
    by clicking here

    Posted on M−CAN 2−4−2012

    Ocean Acidification: Some Organisms Already Experiencing Ocean Acidification Levels Not Predicted to Be Reached Until 2100

    ScienceDaily (Dec. 22, 2011) − A group of 19 scientists from five research organizations have conducted the broadest field study of ocean acidification to date using sensors developed at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego.

    Posted on M−CAN 1−30−2012

    Breakthrough May Lead to ‘Limitless’ Supply of Hydrogen

    By Tuan C. Nguyen | September 21, 2011, 7:29 AM PDT

    If a new technology pans out, the fading notion that hydrogen will someday supplant fossil fuels may be on the verge of a comeback.

    There was a time in the early 90’s when the fuel cell was touted as the clean energy technology of the future. The only byproduct was water and it also packed a whole lot more energy than electric car batteries. For instance, nine pounds of the stuff was enough to enable a vehicle to go 150 miles. However, methods to generate hydrogen were in and of themselves energy intensive. And ultimately, the concept of needing energy to produce energy was problematic enough to make it a dealbreaker for many green investors.

    But now researchers at Penn state have demonstrated an innovative “self-powered” process of producing hydrogen that, if scalable, can revive interest in fuel cell technology.


    Posted on M−CAN 12−16−2011

    Greenhouse Gas Index Continues to Climb

    ScienceDaily (Nov. 9, 2011) − NOAA’s updated Annual Greenhouse Gas Index (AGGI), which measures the direct climate influence of many greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane, shows a continued steady upward trend that began with the Industrial Revolution of the 1880s.

    Started in 2004, the AGGI reached 1.29 in 2010. That means the combined heating effect of long-lived greenhouse gases added to the atmosphere by human activities has increased by 29 percent since 1990, the "index" year used as a baseline for comparison.


    Posted on M−CAN 11−18−2011

    World has five years to avoid severe warming: IEA

    PARIS − The world has just five years to avoid being trapped in a scenario of perilous climate change and extreme weather events, the International Energy Agency (IEA) warned on Wednesday.

    On current trends, “rising fossil energy use will lead to irreversible and potentially catastrophic climate change,” the IEA concluded in its annual World Energy Outlook report.

    Posted on M−CAN 11−10−2011

    ‘Monster’ jump in global warming gases reported

    A new analysis reveals that greenhouse gas emissions in 2010 surpassed even the worst-case scenario envisioned by scientists four years ago.

    After a brief siesta during the recession, global emissions of carbon dioxide are already breaking records again, according to a new analysis by the U.S. Department of Energy. The 2010 data suggest CO2 levels in the atmosphere are now higher than a worst-case scenario predicted four years ago, the Associated Press reports, revealing just how helpless humanity has been in trying to slow down global warming.

    Posted on M−CAN 11−5−2011

  • Begins Friday, August 19
  • Documentary film,
  • Empire Electric’s Calvin Denton Room
  • 5:30pm pot luck, 6:15 discussion,
    6:45 Film Viewing

       See our Verde Fest Page

    Tesla and Prius
    Yes! We had a Tesla at the 2010 Verde Fest in the afternoon thanks very much to Mr. Christoph Henkel of Dunton Hot Springs Resort. The plug-in Prius was provided by Love Bug Motors ( Durango.

    2010 was Bigger and Better than 2009. Lots of sustainable product vendors and sustainability advocates. More fun, food and learning activities for all.

    Post Your Business' Sustainability Accomplishments!

    Download M-CAN’s Sustainability Statement form and post it prominently in your business with a list of your accomplishments.

    • Click here for the instructions
    • Click here to download the Sustainability Statement .doc file
    • Click here to download a sample Sustainability Statement .doc file

    How We Use and Waste Energy

    Posted March 25, 2011

    Recent Greenhouse Gas Concentrations The Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (Thomas A. Boden, Director), which includes the World Data Center for Atmospheric Trace Gases, has served as the primary climate−change data and information analysis center of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) since 1982.

    Belgium Brewery Container Recycling Approach

    − Posted 1/10/2011
    Chris Foran recently asked NBB what they are doing regarding better recycling of
    1. glass bottles
    2. aluminum ’bottles’.
    Here is their very responsive emailed answer with Chris’ questions following it. Note that the email has links to very informative studies of the questions being discussed.

    What To Do With a Broken CFL

    Everyone may not know that Compact Flourescent Lights contain small amounts of mercury. If you break a CFL, you must be careful how you go about cleaning and disposing of it. For instance, you should immediately open windows to get good ventilation. This EPA website gives very specific directions about how to clean up and dispose of a broken CFL.


    This map is current

    Weather Map

    New! A Republican Case for Climate Action

    Published: August 1, 2013

    EACH of us took turns over the past 43 years running the Environmental Protection Agency. We served Republican presidents, but we have a message that transcends political affiliation: the United States must move now on substantive steps to curb climate change, at home and internationally.

    There is no longer any credible scientific debate about the basic facts: our world continues to warm, with the last decade the hottest in modern records, and the deep ocean warming faster than the earth’s atmosphere. Sea level is rising. Arctic Sea ice is melting years faster than projected.

    (click to read more...)

    New! Electric Utilities Now Fighting Home Solar As Threat To Their Business

    Antony Ingram
    2,341 views Jul 27, 2013

    For owners of electric vehicles, powering their homes and cars using solar panels mounted on the roof are a win−win scenario.

    Not only do they get to drive past every gas station, but home electricity bills are reduced or even eliminated.

    That’s great news for the end user, but not so much for the utility companies. Caught napping by rising demand for solar, the energy industry now wants to stem its spread before their own profits are harmed.

    (click to read more...)

    New! Climate sticker shock: Arctic thaw could cost $60 trillion

    By Matt Smith, CNN
    updated 10:30 AM EDT, Thu July 25, 2013

    (CNN) − Scientists look at a warming Arctic and see a shift from white to green, as tundra gives way to new plant life.

    Governments and corporations are also seeing green, as receding ice cover opens new shipping routes and opportunities to get at long−hidden natural resources.

    But the downside of those opportunities is the risk that the current pace of climate change could be sped up dramatically by the release of long−trapped methane gas in the region’s permafrost −− a risk to which a new study has attached an eye−popping price tag of $60 trillion in the next several decades, on top of previous estimates.

    (click to read more...)