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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.

Energy audit and programs

Energy Audit Resource Center at the Drake Community Library The Energy Audit Resource Center is housed at the Drake Community Library where all resources are available for check out by area residents. It currently includes four Home Energy Audit tool kits, four spray-foam dispensing guns for separate check-out from the toolkits, a collection of DVDs …

Energy Guide

Click here for the 2013 Poweshiek County Energy Guide!

Imagine Grinnell Solar Program

At Imagine Grinnell, energy efficiency and renewable energy is near to our hearts. ¬†We believe that there are countless positive effects of using less fossil fuel on both our local community and the larger world. With the continuously increasing demand for electric energy, the significantly high price of oil and the growing concern for the …