Recycling. Energy conservation. Local foods. From the very beginning Imagine Grinnell has been concerned with what are now known as “green” initiatives. We launched a volunteer run recycling center in 1991 and then worked with the city to become one of the first cities in Iowa with curbside recycling and then in 2012 single stream curbside recycling. The first Farmer’s Market was started in 1986 and has evolved into a thriving market that runs May through October. We were the local oversite agency for the highly succussful Alliant Energy eCommunity pilot program in 2005-6.
Our ongoing efforts to help Grinnellians have environmentally responsible options continues. We secured grant funding and then worked with the local library to provide Energy Library resources, including books, magazine and tools to do energy audits. We help the Chamber organize a “green” section for the annual home show. We worked with the Grinnell Middle School to write a Sun-4-Schools grant to install solar panels on the school roof. We head up the Grinnell Community Garden and lead classes to teach area youth gardening and fresh food skills.