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September 14, 2011

Source: Annette Roth, Thurston Energy
As an organization that is dedicated to helping local residents save energy and money, Thurston Energy is continually looking to expand its service offering to our customers. The commitment to our mission of creating jobs while saving energy and money extends to our partnerships with local contractors that provide energy retrofits. We have recently begun collaborating in a unique ‘whole building’ approach with a well-respected local green builder, Scott Bergford of Scott Homes.
When he began building houses in the mid-1980s, Bergford’s primary focus as a …

August 3, 2011

Source: Annette Roth, Thurston Energy
Thurston Energy would like to introduce Mark Rentfrow, Energy Services Specialist. His role is to build relationships with homeowners, business owners and local contractors. He will be responsible for providing Thurston Energy services to customers, including scheduling energy use evaluations, providing energy efficiency improvement services and efficiency technology information, and communicating with contractors on behalf of customers. He will also be responsible for managing the Thurston Energy Vendor Network of local contractors and energy efficiency service providers. A long-term resident of Olympia, Mark received his …

August 3, 2011

Source: Puget Sound Energy
Here in the Pacific Northwest we benefit from a distinctive balance – smart, innovative people and the beauty of the great outdoors. So it is no surprise that helping to keep our environment clean and vibrant is a mission many of us hold dear. This year, the cities of Lacey and Olympia, together with Intercity Transit, Thurston Energy, and Puget Sound Energy are challenging residents and businesses to “flip the switch to green power” by signing up to support renewable energy at PSE.com/Flip.
Buying green power is …

July 17, 2011

By Diane Altman
After traveling more than 42 thousand miles during one trip and seeing every state in the country throughout the years, Olympia stood out. “I had never been in a town as friendly as Olympia,” says Sam Garst.
Even though they didn’t know anyone in Washington State, Garst and his wife Christine moved to Thurston County in the summer of 2004. They saw the value of the climate, outdoor recreation and naturally friendly people. “Not knowing anyone and meeting such genuine people who make you feel at home, is a …

July 1, 2011

By Ramsey Zimmerman
Program Director at Thurston Energy
I’ve been thinking about “Influence” lately. As in “Who do we have influence with and who has influence with us?”. I was thinking about it in the context of our organization. I realized that the same situation applies to any organization. So I dashed off a quick diagram. Here’s my Organizational Influence Model:

Let’s think about it in terms of an organization that cares about energy efficiency and renewable energy (let’s just say energy) and wants to do something about …

July 1, 2011

Source: Thurston Energy
June 28, 2011 – Recently, Thurston Energy teamed up with the City of Lacey to provide Lacey homeowners and businesses with incentives to become energy efficient—in the form of cash rebates for energy efficiency upgrades. Available for a limited time (on a first-come, first-served basis), Lacey residents and businesses can take advantage of this opportunity to save money and energy. Funding for this project is supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to the City of Lacey. Grant funds are administered by Thurston Energy …

June 21, 2011

Source: Olympia Master Builders
On Thursday you have an opportunity to find out as well as gain some insight on where we are going.
David Hales, Buildings Systems and Energy Specialist from WSU will be the guest speaker at the Built Green meeting at OMB. David has spent the last 3 decades in the construction industry as a home builder, building scientist, and technical trainer.  There are few in this state with his knowledge, background and experience in energy efficient high performance buildings.  An ASHRAE Member, NAHB …

June 20, 2011

Source:  Ryan Rutledge – Business Values Magazine
Todd Sebek of Quality Business Systems is a local Olympia guy who I found to be quite sharp and humble  He listens well.
Quality Business Systems, Todd’s employer, is a A Xerox Company and consulting firm that provides office solutions and specializes in managed print services, workflow assessment and optimization.  The company is all about going “green”.  He told me about a new product that is environmentally friendly in more ways than one.  It’s called the “Color Cube”.   Its toner for your …

April 14, 2011

Olympia/Thurston County WA –The nationally recognized Bicycle Commuter Contest is gearing up this month for its 24th season in Thurston County.  The month-long Bicycle Commuter Contest, administered by Intercity Transit, encourages new and veteran cyclists to ride to work, school and on errands during the month of May and rewards them with prizes, camaraderie,
cash savings and physical fitness.
Event organizers expect a good turnout this year, especially given the recent and dramatic increases in gas prices, now nearly $4 a gallon.  In market research of commuters conducted in 2009, 94 percent …

April 5, 2011

10.  It’s more charming.
9.  Supports community groups.
8.  Strengthens our neighborhoods.
7.  Keeps our town unique.
6.  Empowers us to make a different.
5.  Focuses tax money into our local area.
4.  Encourages community connections.
3.  Creates local employment.
2.  Strengthens our local economy.
1.  Reduces environmental impact.