Sustainable Living Showcase


Imagine Grinnell will host its first Sustainable Living Showcase at the Grinnell Farmer’s Market on Thursday, May 14th from 3-6pm.

The showcase will be an educational opportunity for people to learn about simple things they can do to live a more sustainable lifestyle in Grinnell. Vendors will share information about products and practices that minimize waste and impact, such as composting, rain gardens, local foods, alternative transportation, and energy conservation measures.

Executive Director Sarah Smith describes the showcase as an educational opportunity to learn about “the many simple things we can do to live sustainably right here in Grinnell.” Vendors will share information about products that “help us to live with minimal waste and impact,” such as composting, rain gardens, local foods, alternative transportation, energy conservation measures, and an e-waste drop off site that will be free to the public.

A booth sponsored by the Poweshiek County Soil Conservation District will demonstrate impact on watershed projects in the area. They will also be leading walking tours of urban conservation practices in place in Grinnell. Those tours will leave at 3:30pm and 5:30pm; each tour will last approximately 1 hour.

Imagine Grinnell hopes that people will take advantage of the opportunity to interact with vendors and learn about the steps they can take to reduce their impact on the environment.


Solar Panel Incentives for Businesses

Dear Business members,

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 environment, many businesses are choosing to use alternative sources of energy. Among the renewable energy sources, solar energy is an environmentally and economically sustainable choice and one that can be used in various applications.  Many businesses are now tapping into this alternative source of energy, hoping to benefit from its numerous advantages as well.  If your business has ever been interested in renewable energy, now is the time.  For entities with a tax burden, solar even makes more sense. In addition to the Federal and State Tax Credits, Alliant has a rebate available up to 25K which expires at the end of this year.  With the rebate and tax incentives, plus depreciation, the payback could be as low as 4-6 years.

I have attached the brochure for Ideal Energy.  If you have further questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at 641-236-5518 because you may be leaving 25K on the table that won’t be available next year.  Additionally, feel free to contact Ideal Energy, Troy Van Beek, directly at 641-919-2269 for a free consultation.