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Walking Mountains Science Center has proven to be an ideal location for the Eagle Valley’s Energy Smart program. The Energy Smart program transforms the local economy and stimulates home and small commercial energy improvements by providing access to information, financing, and a skilled workforce. This model has experienced remarkable success to date.
Walking Mountains Science Center is a Platinum LEED Certified project. We have a 33KW photovoltaic system, solar thermal, and geothermal heating among many other energy saving features. Please come by today to learn more about these advanced building features and home you can implement them at your home. Our building is not only smart, it’s connected! Take a look in real time at our energy footprint.
The Energy Smart program in Eagle County is funded in part by Eagle County Eco-Build funds which are fees for energy building code mitigation collected in unincorporated Eagle County. Since its inception, over $1.2 million in community grants, solar rebates, and energy efficiency rebates have been distributed into our community.
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John-Ryan grew up in Athens, Georgia where he developed a passion for the outdoors as well as sustainable building techniques. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Eckerd College in Saint Petersburg, Florida. After moving to the Vail Valley in 2007 John-Ryan began working for the Vail Mountain Environmental Department where he gained valuable knowledge about local waste diversion and energy efficiency strategies. He is a certified BPI Building Analyst and has been working with the regional Energy Smart Colorado team since 2011. He has worked directly with the Department of Energy, USDA, and Governors Energy Office while implementing regional energy efficiency and waste diversion programs. Currently, John-Ryan is working with Energy Smart Colorado to help homeowners and businesses in Eagle County through the process of increasing the efficiency and safety of their buildings.
Although John-Ryan spends most of his time in the winter skiing, he saves his summers for traveling to see live music, mountain biking, and hiking with his labrador, Wilson.
John-Ryan manages all of Walking Mountains’ Energy programs, facilitates the local Energy Smart Colorado program, and works with the regional Energy Smart development team.
Brad joined Energy Smart Colorado at Walking Mountains at the beginning of 2014. As the Energy Programs Coordinator, Brad handles the administrative aspects of the Energy Smart program and acts as an energy coach for homeowners and businesses. He is passionate about helping the mountain community reduce its impact on climate change. Brad previously worked for Beaver Creek Resort’s Environmental Department and the Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability. He also was a member of the building maintenance staff at the Phillip Merrill Environmental Center in Annapolis, the first ever LEED platinum certified building. Brad is originally from Maryland and attended Eckerd College, earning a B.A. in Psychology. He is currently working on an M.S. in Environmental Policy and Management with a concentration in Energy and Sustainability through the University of Denver. In his free time, Brad loves to ski powder, mountain bike, and hike 14ers.