SAVE THE DATE!
2017 3rd Annual Sun Valley Forum on Resilience
July 5-8, 2017
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 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
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
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
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.
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
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.