Discover the Vision

Dates: July 27 6-7pm, August 4 5-6pm, August 17 11am-12pm, August 31
Time: 6-7pm
Sun Valley Institute, 631 Second Street, Suite 204, Ketchum, ID 83340

Did you know that the Wood River Valley has enough sunshine to supply the majority of our local electricity needs?

Did you know that Blaine County is the fifth most expensive county in the entire USA to buy food?

The best way to understand the transformative vision and programs of the Sun Vallaey Institute is to invest an hour for the Discover the Vision Event, during which you can personally experience our work first hand.

To reserve your place, call 208-928-7873 or send an email to inquiries@sunvalleyinstitute.org

2017 3rd Annual Sun Valley Forum on Resilience

July 5-8, 2017
Ketchum, Idaho

The Sun Valley Forum convenes global innovators to help build and spread the approaches at speed and scale to support leaders everywhere to accelerate the transformation to resilience. The Forum focuses on investing for impact as well as public engagement and communication, with strategic conversations on food, energy and water.

Please visit www.sunvalleyforum.com
We look forward to seeing you there!

RevUp Blaine Q & A Session and EV 101

Thursday, June 15, 6 – 7:30 pm

Come join us for the final RevUp Blaine event on Thursday, June 15, 6 -7:30 p.m., in the Community Room at the Wood River Community YMCA. Experts from Idaho Power and Idaho National Laboratory will speak on what it means to be an EV owner in Idaho. The presentations will be followed by a Q & A session – a chance for you to put all your EV questions to the experts! Remember, June 30 is the last day to purchase EVs at the RevUp Blaine discounted price!

Location: The Community Room at the Wood River Community YMCA, 101 Saddle Rd., Ketchum

Fire Resilient Communities Conference

June 6-8, 2017

The Sun Valley Institute is pleased to be co-hosting with the University of Idaho the Fire Resilient Communities Conference. This event will focus on Blaine County, but bring models and strategies from far beyond, providing expertise, science, and technology to support fire resilience. The conference has the following goals:
• Unite the community to share values and concerns related to wildfires
• Bring together data users and decision makers to improve community resilience
• Understand what data exist, how they can be accessed, and what new data are needed
• Assess what can be done, who could do it, and when it should be done
• Showcase new ideas and success stories from Idaho and Montana
Increasing the ability of our communities to withstand natural disasters—particularly fire catastrophes—is a national priority. To fire-adapt our communities, we need to understand the science behind why wildfires can become so destructive. Fire mitigation solutions exist for larger metropolitan areas, but rural communities in the western United States are among the most vulnerable to fire. Much of this is due to limited resources, expertise, and lack of pre-disaster planning and mitigation efforts. Assessing the potential for disaster is important, but given enough time, a disaster WILL happen. Our communities need to be armed with tools couched in science and technology—tools that can assist in proactively making changes for the future. The public, government agencies, and scientists need to partner to be prepared and offset risk and damage.

Location: The Limelight Hotel, Ketchum, ID 83340
Cost: Free, By Invitation


Sawtooth Botanical Garden Climate Change Talk

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 6:00-7:30 pm

This winter incredible snows overwhelmed the west while withering heat shattered historic February records in the east. But is this dramatic weather the result of climate change? Join the Sawtooth Botanical Garden and community partners for a talk by National Weather Service climate expert Alex deSmet. DeSmet will explain climate basics before drilling down to changes scientists observe now. He’ll discuss potential local implications on temperatures, growing season, precipitation, soils and stream flow. After discussing why climate change matters to our diverse, resource-dependent economies, deSmet will conclude with ways our community can become more climate resilient.

Location: The Community Library; 415 Spruce Street; Ketchum, Idaho 83340
Cost: Free
Instructor: Alex deSmet is a meteorologist for the National Weather Service, a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). He is a native of Southeast Michigan and studied meteorology at Central Michigan University. A lifelong passion for meteorology led him to the National Weather Service regional office in Pocatello, where he serves as a forecaster, with emphasis on climate analysis and cooperative observer program management.

B Corp Workshop

Monday, May 15th 2017 @ Noon

Join us for a hands-on workshop where you will learn about Certified B Corps – why they exist and how they are leading a movement to redefine success in business. Find out how joining the B Corp community will benefit your company.
We manage what we measure, so let’s measure what matters! The B Impact Assessment is a great tool for any company to use to measure their social and environmental impact, regardless of whether or not they become B Corp Certified. It’s comprehensive, educational, and it’s always free to use online at BImpactAssessment.net. Companies of any size and sector can use the B Impact Assessment to track their impact and to compare their performance against the 16,000+ companies that are already signed up.

Lead by Emily Erickson, Responsible Business Initiative Manager at the College of Business & Economics at Boise State University
Co-Sponsor(s): Ketchum Innovation Center and Responsible Business Initiative at Boise State University
Location: Ketchum Innovation Center, 311 1st Ave N Ketchum, ID 83340

RevUp Blaine Test Drive Days

Friday, May 12th – May 13th, 2017

Come experience EVs for yourself on Friday, May 12 and/or Saturday, May 13. Drive around town, look under the hood, and give charging a try. Locations and time to follow! The test-drive event is hosted by RevUp Blaine, a limited-time program offering Blaine County residents and businesses massive discounts on four of the most popular electric vehicles: the Chevrolet Volt, the Nissan Leaf, the Audi A3 e-tron, and the BMW i3.

Test Drive Day One
Date: Friday, May 12, 2017, 2 – 6 pm
Location: Ore Wagon Museum, 500 East Ave, Ketchum, Idaho

Test Drive Day Two
Date: Saturday, May 13, 2017, 9 am – 2 pm
Location: CSI Community Campus, 1050 Fox Acres Rd # 107, Hailey, Idaho

SolarizeBlaine Celebration Party & Electric Vehicle Program Launch

September 30, 2016
Sawtooth Brewery Public House – Ketchum, Idaho

Stop by the Sawtooth Brewery Public House, 631 Warm Springs Rd. in Ketchum, on Friday, September 30, between 5:30PM and 7:00PM to celebrate the incredible success of Solarize Blaine and witness the launch of our Electric Vehicle Power Purchase Program! Refreshments will be served.


Solar 101 with Solarize Blaine

March 31, 2016
Community Library, Ketchum, ID