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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.
The Walking Mountains Science Center campus is a LEED Platinum certified project. We have a 33KW photovoltaic system, solar thermal, and geothermal heating among many other energy saving features. Come by today to explore and to learn more about these advanced building features and how they relate to what you can implement at your own home. Our building is not only smart, it’s connected! Click here to look at our real time energy production and usage.
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.
What Can You Get at our ERC?
Energy Smart at Walking Mountains: 970.328.8777 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Or visit the resource center at 318 Walking Mountains Lane, Avon, CO, 81620
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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. Contact him at johnryan
Nikki handles the administrative aspects of the Energy Smart program and acts as an energy coach for homeowners and businesses. She loves sharing sustainability ideas with others, experiencing nature, seeing new things, traveling and attending live music.
Nikki has been a full time resident of Eagle County, CO since 1997. She grew up in North Platte, Nebraska, has a large family, and values relationships. Most recently she worked providing recycling support and education to residents and businesses in Vail, as they transitioned to mandatory recycling. In addition, you may have seen her promoting zero waste at local events. She has also worked in various positions associated with real estate sales, development, marketing, and technology for over 16 years; as well customer service positions throughout Eagle County.
She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sustainability Studies from Colorado Mountain College in May 2015; and her Associate of Arts degree in general studies from Mid-Plains Community College in 1995. In 2005 she completed all required real estate broker courses through the Colorado Real Estate Institute, and currently holds an active real estate broker associate license with the state of Colorado. In Addition, Nikki continuously takes various continuing education classes related to building principals, energy, sustainability, and real estate. Her commitment to customer service and learning is exceptional. She enjoys hiking, snowboarding, snowshoeing, live music and traveling. Contact her at email@example.com.