Alternative Energy Resources Organization http://mtpr.org en Ending Hunger and Creating More Resilient Community Food Systems http://mtpr.org/post/ending-hunger-and-creating-more-resilient-community-food-systems <p></p><p></p> Mon, 05 May 2014 17:43:04 +0000 Monica Ruiz 18618 at http://mtpr.org Lewis and Clark Counties Sustainability projects: Saving energy and money http://mtpr.org/post/lewis-and-clark-counties-sustainability-projects-saving-energy-and-money <p>Good evening, my name is Elisa Prescott and I am the Sustainability Coordinator for Lewis and Clark County in Helena.</p><p>Over the last few years, Lewis and Clark County has been working hard to encourage, promote, and support resource efficiency, energy conservation, and economic savings throughout our community.</p><p></p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 20:35:16 +0000 Elisa Prescott 16858 at http://mtpr.org Chickens http://mtpr.org/post/chickens <p></p><p>Recently, I figured out that all I ever wanted was 25 chickens.</p><p></p><p>I don’t mean ‘if I only had 25 chickens my life would be complete’.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>No. &nbsp;I mean ‘all I ever wanted was 25 chickens, NOT 700.’</p><p></p><p>At the pinnacle of my chicken mania, my flock was about 450 laying hens and 250 baby chicks.&nbsp; We dispatched about 200 of the oldest birds that fall, so thankfully, I only had about 700 chickens for most of one summer.</p><p></p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 16:36:50 +0000 Pam Gerwe 12287 at http://mtpr.org The Power of Less http://mtpr.org/post/power-less <p>This past May I attended two meetings full of contractors, architects, and planners. One was a “listening” session for the public to provide commentary on the adoption of a new energy code for all buildings in the State of Montana. The other was a public meeting of a group called the Northern Rockies Passive House Alliance. Both meetings were about energy conservation in buildings, but the tone between the two couldn’t have been more different. At the listening session, I heard a lot about why any energy code improvements at all will cause reckless damage to a fragile industry. Thu, 12 Sep 2013 16:46:54 +0000 Skander Spies 8188 at http://mtpr.org The benefits of community supported agriculture http://mtpr.org/post/benefits-community-supported-agriculture <p>The buzz around buying local is fairly widespread and luckily our community has many options for access to locally grown and produced food.&nbsp; Local food can be purchased in many retail grocery stores <strong>and</strong> from May to October there are a number of Farmer’s Markets available.&nbsp; How can we take the idea of supporting our local food system one step farther? The answer is Community Supported Agriculture.&nbsp; You may have heard of Community Supported Agriculture also known as CSAs or CSA shares or a CSA box or maybe even food shares. But really…what is it? Fri, 16 Aug 2013 19:47:06 +0000 Terri Roberts 6925 at http://mtpr.org A New Model for Clean Energy http://mtpr.org/post/new-model-clean-energy <p></p><p>Three weeks ago, President Obama laid out his long-awaited plan to address climate change.&nbsp; As he put it in a speech to college students, “I refuse to condemn your generation and future generations to a planet that’s beyond fixing.”&nbsp; Key components of the President’s plan include limiting carbon pollution from power plants and increasing the production of renewable energy.&nbsp; This has major implications for electric utilities across the U.S.</p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 17:24:24 +0000 Diana Maneta 5706 at http://mtpr.org Millennials Making Change http://mtpr.org/post/millennials-making-change <p>We all hear it, all the time: “The trouble with kids these days is… ” This line is often followed by a string of complaints that detail the sense of entitlement and addiction to Facebook and other social media we often associate with the Millennial Generation.&nbsp; But what if that’s just not true?&nbsp; I’ve had the opportunity to work with young people from across Montana and I’m here to tell you:&nbsp; not only are many of them motivated, intelligent, and selfless— they’re here to make change.</p><p></p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 18:16:25 +0000 Nancy Moore 4232 at http://mtpr.org The Great Produce Rescue of 2012 http://mtpr.org/post/great-produce-rescue-2012 <p>I’m Robin Taylor, and I’m the garden manager at Wholesome Foods in Bridger. We’re in the middle of planting, but with every seed I put into the ground I’m reminded of my visits to this vegetable garden last summer – during a time that eventually became known as the Great Produce Rescue of 2012.</p> Fri, 24 May 2013 21:26:12 +0000 Robin Taylor 2929 at http://mtpr.org