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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. Energy saving features include a 33KW photovoltaic system, solar thermal, and geothermal heating. 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, as well as 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 is an Energy Coach with the Energy Smart Colorado program at Walking Mountains Science Center for local homeowners and businesses, oversees the team of local Energy Smart Analysts, and provides Realtor training on Energy Efficiency. She loves sharing sustainability ideas with others, experiencing nature and seeing new things. Nikki is a certified BPI Building Analyst, DOE Home Energy Score Rater, and LEED Green Associate.
Nikki has been a full-time resident of Eagle County, CO since 1997. Growing up in North Platte, Nebraska, she comes from a large family and values relationships. Before working with energy efficiency in homes and businesses, Nikki provided recycling support and education to residents and businesses in Vail, as the community transitioned to mandatory recycling. Her work history includes various positions associated with real estate sales, development, marketing, and technology as well customer service 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. In Addition, Nikki continuously takes various continuing education classes related to building science, energy, sustainability, and real estate. Her commitment to customer service and learning is exceptional. She enjoys hiking, snowboarding, snowshoeing, live music and traveling.
After spending the summer as a Naturalist and Sustainability intern with Walking Mountains Science Center, James was hooked on the organization, the valley and all things sustainability. He is now the Energy Programs Associate helping Eagle County reduce its environmental impact.
Growing up in the wonderful city of Cleveland, James got to spend much of his youth enjoying the great Lake Erie and connecting with nature in the many metroparks the city has to offer. At the University of Alabama, James began his academic career studying Mechanical Engineering, however after two years, he switched to Environmental Engineering due to his love for nature. After spending two summers as a Youth Crew Leader with Montana Conservation Corps, a decision was made to pursue a career with nonprofits.
When he isn’t at work or searching for new ways to reduce energy usage, James love to hike, ski, run, hammock, cook and drink as much coffee as he possibly can.
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