Major Energy Deal Sparked at 2017 Sun Valley Forum on Resilience

Governor Matt Bevin and EnerBlu announce over $400 million investment in Kentucky

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KETCHUM, ID, December 20, 2017—The Sun Valley Institute’s annual Sun Valley Forum on Resilience this past July sparked a partnership that resulted in announcement of a major investment and much needed job creation in new energy solutions. On Friday, December 15, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin joined EnerBlu, Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-05), Pikeville Mayor James Carter and other dignitaries in Pikeville, Kentucky to announce an over $400 million investment to build a Lithium Titanate battery manufacturing facility in Pikeville and relocation of their corporate headquarters to Lexington. The over one million square foot facility in Pikeville will create 875 jobs in an area historically known as “America’s Energy Capital” and hit hard by declining employment opportunities in the coal industry.

The 2017 Sun Valley Forum on Resilience’s theme was Resilient Prosperity: the Power of Nature, Technology & Community in a Changing World. At this year’s forum EnerBlu constructed a fully functioning standalone solar storage microgrid at the adjacent Forest Service Park. Forum speaker, Jonathan Webb, Founder and CEO of AppHarvest, was impressed and approached EnerBlu about joining him in Pikeville where he is locating his business’ commercial production and initiated an introductory call between EnerBlu and Kentucky Governor, Matt Bevin.

“This deal accelerates the development and deployment of new energy technologies that strengthen resilience, benefiting the environment, security and economy. The annual Sun Valley Forum attracts leaders from around the world who are looking to share strategies, find partners, and build resilient prosperity. This is our most successful match to date, and we look forward to future forums facilitating more impactful relationships.” said Aimée Christensen, founder of the Sun Valley Institute and the Sun Valley Forum. 

“The road to our announcement last week began when Governor Bevin reached out to me during the 2017 Sun Valley Forum to personally invite us to Kentucky to learn more. What we found was the right workforce match for our advanced manufacturing needs, local city leadership, strong local universities and training partners, and State leadership. Six months later, it was clear we were moving our headquarters and building our operations in the Bluegrass State,” said Daniel Elliott, CEO of EnerBlu.

“We are excited that EnerBlu has chosen Kentucky as home for its headquarters, research and development facility, and for the first Lithium Titanate battery facility in the United States,” Governor Bevin said. “EnerBlu will help power our nation’s transportation and defense industries, while providing job opportunities that will harness the highly skilled workforce of Eastern Kentucky. We are grateful to EnerBlu for locating this incredible project in our state, and congratulate the communities of Pikeville and Lexington for the opportunities this new corporate partnership will create. This project will have a positive impact on Eastern Kentucky and the commonwealth as a whole for many years to come.”

“The Forum was first convened in 2015 to accelerate the transformation of communities, towns and cities to more sustainable, equitable, secure, and resilient places to live and work.” Christensen added in her remarks at the announcement, “Energy is central to this transition and globally is quickly moving to a more decentralized system, tapping into local resources and electric transportation. With this deal, Kentucky has made it clear that they want to lead the nation in supplying innovative energy solutions by bringing together leadership at the state and local level with private capital and other strategic partners, such as the local utility.”

Michael Weber, EnerBlu’s Chairman stated, “The quality of the people at the Forum and their intimate level of understanding of the challenges ahead of us made the forum the ideal place to test game-changing ideas, and bring our transformational power generation systems and innovative clean vehicles. Our deal with Kentucky is transforming our viable energy solutions into reality and helping us impact communities in the United States and countries around the globe that are in the process of building their infrastructure. We were thrilled by the reception we received at this years forum and cannot wait until next year.”

The 2018 Sun Valley Forum on Resilience will take place July 30 – August 1 at Ketchum’s Limelight Hotel, followed again by a day of adventure on August 2 to enjoy the local beauty and recreation opportunities. Each year the Sun Valley Forum gathers approximately 250 national and international leaders and innovators from investment, policy, business, nonprofits, sports, entertainment and academia, as well as local leaders, visitors, and residents with a goal of building greater understanding about resilience opportunities and accelerating the implementation of resilience solutions.  For more information, see: www.sunvalleyforum.com.

For more information on EnerBlu, see: www.enerblu.energy. 

The Sun Valley Institute advances resilience through policy leadership, public engagement and investments to ensure economic prosperity, environmental protection and human well-being in its home community of Idaho’s Wood River Valley and beyond. Sun Valley leaders founded the Institute in the spring of 2015 to protect and enhance local quality of place for future generations of residents and visitors alike, and to serve as a resource for communities everywhere. From the original Native American inhabitants to the miners and ranchers of the valley’s early days, from the Union Pacific engineers who built the world’s first chairlift to those who challenge themselves in its mountains and rivers today, Sun Valley is about history and tradition, grit and perseverance, well-being and quality of life. The risks, assets, and values of Sun Valley make it the perfect home for an institute dedicated to resilience. For more information, please visit: www.sunvalleyinstitute.org and follow the Institute on Twitter @SunValleyInst and Facebook at facebook.com/sunvalleyinstitute.

Turning Risk into Opportunity: Building Resilience in Sun Valley

Article by Aimee Christensen, originally published on November 28 by Mountain Independent


Photo by Mike Lewelling

Sun Valley was founded in 1936 as the first destination ski resort in the country, a haven in the wilderness at the end of a Union Pacific rail line. Since then, it has become famous for its natural beauty and outdoor adventure opportunities, as well as for being a global hub of intellectual inspiration and innovation. In its finest moments, our little corner of the world feels absolutely idyllic.

But, in 2013, we faced a frightening reality check when the Beaver Creek fire scorched over 100,000 acres throughout the west side of the Wood River Valley including parts of iconic Bald Mountain. The blaze burned through Blaine County, choking visibility in Sun Valley down to one block, forcing evacuations and blocking both of the two roads out of the valley for a time. Ultimately, the fire caused $40 million in immediate economic losses.

The destruction shook our community awake to the many threats to our home. We were at risk, not only from direct shocks like fire, but from indirect, mounting stressors that were undermining us over time (as they were to most mountain towns): outdated water laws, extended drought, increasingly unpredictable weather, and domestic and international economic volatility. Our mountains, climate and relative isolation make Sun Valley a special place, but the same factors also leave the region vulnerable to shifts in the global economy, climate change and external disruptions to our imported food and energy.

And so we realized we needed to try to get ahead those problems in a comprehensive, systemic way.

To start, we turned to the Rockefeller Foundation which champions “resilience” as the critical underpinning for its economic development efforts globally, seeking to build, “the capacity of a system to absorb disturbance and reorganize while undergoing change.”

Resilience has become a guidepost in Sun Valley, serving as a core planning principle that has moved us to seek out out weaknesses and work to turn them into strengths. In 2015, we founded the Sun Valley Institute, where I currently serve as director, to build resilience, to strengthen our community, identify regional economic and environmental risks, and to leverage policy leadership, public engagement and community investments to turn risks into opportunities.

We began by addressing how we were purchasing, consuming and producing energy: it was brittle and insecure, environmentally harmful, and economically a drain on our community.

Sun Valley is situated at the north end of a single transmission line, fed by two aging transmission lines, both to our south. This presents a great risk from outages, be it from wildfires or winter storms (many still remember Christmas of 2009, when a snow squall caused a 24-hour power outage that shut down our chair lifts and the spirits of our visitors in the midst of our holiday tourist high-season that is critical to our economy).

Given the risks this system posed, we asked if instead it could be an asset: could we invest locally to generate clean renewable electricity and increase our security, create local jobs, save money, and benefit our environment?

Central Idaho is blessed with just 10-percent less solar insolation than Texas, which meant that solar was a smart investment even with our snowy winters and lack of state policy support (we locals quip about solar “if we can do it in Idaho, we can do it anywhere”). After exploring our potential solutions with the Rocky Mountain Institute’s “Electricity Innovation Lab,” we hired our energy program manager, Katie Bray, who we met at the eLab and who had run eight “Solarize” programs elsewhere in the country. Bray had spent summers near Sun Valley and was eager to return.

We launched Solarize Blaine in early 2016. Although it was the first Solarize program in Idaho, with over 300 such programs across the nation, hosted primarily by nonprofits and municipalities, we knew it could produce results. To ensure our success, prior to launching our program, we reached out to our city and county decision makers to improve our solar permitting rules for home and business owners, both reducing the fees and shortening the wait time for project approvals.

We conducted a request for proposals, qualified installers (including agreement to local hiring minimums) and negotiated a reduced cost offering for installations by both home and business owners. We also identified the only solar incentive program in Idaho, a low-interest energy-specific loan offered by the state, and engaged a local bank to be the conduit for this offering.

Armed with reduced prices, a straightforward contract, qualified installers identified, and possible access to a low-interest loan along with a LOT of public outreach – posters, mailings, town hall and grocery store information sessions – our group-purchasing program led to over 250 inquiries and 41 residential and commercial solar systems installations.

In all, this was a five-fold increase in the number of installations from the previous year and over $1 million dollars was channeled directly into the local economy. The Blaine County solar industry now can’t keep up with demand, which has driven business mergers and acquisitions, and, in turn, a hiring spree.

From a liability undermining our quality of life and economy, our energy sector is becoming a source of quality local jobs, including for the 40% of our population that relies on public assistance to survive.

Looking to 2018, energy remains a centerpiece of our efforts: we are building a more comprehensive digital blueprint of our electricity system with the Idaho National Laboratory and we are collaborating with local leaders to identify critical infrastructure in Blaine County (such as fire and police stations, water systems, and hospitals) that will benefit most from cost-effective local backup systems (like solar-plus-storage).

Over time, working together, we can will build distributed energy resources and grow the efficiency of existing systems, with a network of renewable energy, battery storage, and electric vehicles. These upgrades will strengthen the reliability of our public services and also powerful new investment opportunities for private investors. The Institute will bridge the gap between public and private, providing the financial analysis, business models, project management support and potentially access to capital.

Along with energy, we have found similar risks and opportunities in our food system. Blaine County is in the top ten most expensive counties in the nation to buy food despite its abundance of arable land. This is partly attributed to the fact that we import 95% of our food and export 98% of what we grow, primarily alfalfa, cattle, and barley. This compromises our pocketbooks, water quantity and quality, and air quality, all while producing too few jobs and underusing a valuable asset: our productive land.

Recognizing this disconnect, our Local Food Alliance is working with major food buyers such as schools and restaurants to increase their sourcing of local foods, keeping our food dollars in our region. We are also collaborating with landowners to evaluate how to shift agricultural production from export crops to local food production, including potential private investments in solar greenhouses and geothermal greenhouses along with potential other income- and job-growth uses such as solar energy production, affordable and middle-income housing and conservation easements.

By taking on these energy and food projects, as well as many more, we have come to discover that resilience is a powerful lens through which to consider our economic development, turning our risks into opportunities.

To increase access to capital for investing in this resilient prosperity, the Institute has partnered with local investment expert Michael Shuman, author of The Local Economy Solution, to publish handbooks on local investment. The first shares how to self-direct personal IRA resources to local investments. And the next is the first in a series of state by state handbooks that takes in each state’s unique local investment opportunities and regulatory environment. Shuman’s model often offers low risk investments that offer viable returns on tangible projects that you can see, touch and evaluate right here at home.

We hope that this book, paired with the lessons we’ve learned from the Institute’s programs, can help other communities in the mountains and beyond to investigate their own risks and see if there might be way to turn them into opportunities.

RevUp Blaine Wrap Up

The Sun Valley Institute’s Energy Program focuses on bringing clean, locally-generated energy to Blaine County to meet local needs, increase our resilience, and to serve as a model and resource to other communities. This spring we kicked off a major electric vehicle (EV) initiative called RevUp Blaine to help transition from the predominance of vehicles using carbon based fuels to electric vehicles that cost less to own (including just 1/3 the cost to fuel!), are easier to maintain, and are very fun to drive. Our campaign was geared both to put more EVs on Idaho’s roads, as well as to create awareness of the already burgeoning changes to electric transportation nationally and around the world.

Idaho’s transportation sector is the largest source of carbon dioxide emissions in the state. EVs directly reduce these emissions – especially when paired with renewable energy sources like solar. A recent report from the International Energy Agency concluded that “EVs are the only class of carbon-reduction technology making enough progress to keep global warming below the level of 2˚ Celsius.”

RevUp Blaine was the first initiative of its kind in Idaho. The program was designed to spread awareness of electric vehicles through community outreach and education while inspiring people to “go electric” by offering substantial discounts on several models of electric and hybrid cars.The program ended on June 30 with 12 new electric vehicle (EV) sales. Before the program, five electric vehicles were registered in Blaine County. The majority of the people who purchased vehicles through the program were individuals and families. Two local companies also purchased Nissan Leafs to use as company cars. Vÿykn, which focuses on eliminating dependence on plastic bottled water through a subscription refill service and dispensing systems, will be using the Leaf to deliver glass bottles of Vyykn water to hotels, cafes, and restaurants. Altenergy, Inc., a local solar energy installer, also purchased the Nissan Leaf to use as their primary vehicle for assessing sites and delivering bids for solar panels.

The discounts, which ranged from 6 to 50 percent, were only open to Blaine County residents for a limited time. The discounts were pre-contracted with four major dealerships in Boise: Audi Boise, Peterson BMW, Peterson Chevrolet and Dennis Dillon Nissan, as well as Salt Lake City’s Ken Garff Nissan who honored discounts for the Leaf when the Boise dealership completely sold out of their Leafs, for which we happily take some credit! We are happy with the results; of five similar programs in the US, ours was the most successful per capita, and we created a substantial amount of awareness of existing transportation alternatives. Please see www.revupblaine.org for more wrap up information on this EV campaign.Anchor

Discover the Vision

Learn about the transformative vision and programs of the Sun Valley Institute in a one hour “tour” of our mission. The Sun Valley Institute was formed in 2015 in the wake of two devastating wildfires that threatened our communities and exposed our vulnerabilities to massive change. We are dedicated to addressing our community’s risks and turning them into opportunities to increase our quality of life, namely in the areas of food, energy, and environmental adaptation including fire. We’d love to meet you too, and learn of your interests. If you are new to the Wood River Valley, come meet us!

Please join us for one of our Discover the Vision events this fall:

  • Tuesday, October 17 — 11 am to 12 Noon
  • Tuesday, November 14 — 5 to 6 pm
To reserve your place, call 208-928-7873 or send an email to: inquiries@sunvalleyinstitute.org. We’re just down from the Stone Gallery at 631 Second Street, Suite 204 in Ketchum, across from the Tamarack Lodge at the intersection of Sun Valley Road and Walnut Street.Anchor

SVI Newsletter September 2017

Greetings! Here is SVI’s Autumn News & Events 2017 Newsletter, as a pdf. The links aren’t active, so each item is being listed below in a more interactive way.

SVI Autumn News & Events

FROM RISK TO OPPORTUNITY

As we wrap up our summer in beautiful Idaho, we’re reminded of the risks we are committed to addressing. The final summer weeks in this mountain paradise were tarnished by sky-darkening and health-endangering smoke coming from the dozens of fires in Idaho and neighboring states. Idaho was given a D+ by Climate Central in its “States and Climate Risk” report, both due to the intensity of risks the state faces, such as drought and fires, but also as a result of the lack of preparedness of our state to deal with these. Far beyond our home, hurricanes Harvey and Irma and the deadly floods in Bangladesh and throughout Southeast Asia wreaked devastation. Climate scientists warned us for decades of more and worse fires, hurricanes and floods to come. We have not acted fast enough to avoid the destruction we are seeing today, but we can still prevent the worst impact of a changing climate and reduce the suffering to come if we act faster and at scale.

Not only do we need to act; it is easiest and most enjoyable when we do it with inspiration and in community. Toward that end, we look forward to deepening the seeds of action that we planted at our most recent events: the Building Fire Resilient Communities conference in June, the Sun Valley Forum on Resilience in July, and the wrap up of our electric vehicle RevUp Blaine project. We have initial summaries below; we’ll be sharing more and encouraging involvement as we develop the initiatives created there. Speaking of harvesting seeds, the Local Food Alliance, the food program of the Institute, has fantastic events slated for this week! Do buy tickets before they sell out!

Farther afield, SVI will host gatherings to continue to inform and inspire our resilience community, starting with An Evening of Climate Optimism: Building Resilient Prosperity – How Public Leadership and Private Innovation are Transforming Risk into Opportunity in New York City on 9/20. We’ll be alerting you to more gatherings to come.

Finally, we’d love to share with you more about what we do, and meet you, to get to know more of our community. Please join us at one of our Discover the Vision events this autumn. We are glad to be together on this journey. For all of the above, please click on the links and see below for more information. Best wishes for a good, heartwarming and actionable Autumn!Anchor

RevUp Blaine Test Drive Days

TEST DRIVING DAYS

Come experience EVs for yourself through our RevUp Blaine program on Friday, May 12th and Saturday, May 13th. Drive around town, look under the hood, and give charging a try.

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

Report to Our Community, January 2017

Welcome!
We kick off our blog to release our first “Report to Our Community” summarizing our first year and a half of operations to share our activities and aspirations, and to invite you to join us in our efforts as we seek both to strengthen our local quality of life in the Sun Valley area, as well as to serve as a resource and convener so as to enable others to learn alongside us so as to protect and enhance quality of life around the west, across the country and far beyond.

Resilience requires a willingness to be forward thinking to position ourselves for the new opportunities – and threats – of this changing world. Environmental shifts and economic interdependence as well as social and political upheavals call for proactive leadership to build resilient communities, companies, nations and economies. We see this acutely here in the Sun Valley area, where fires, drought, snowfall irregularity, power outages and income inequality challenge our economy and quality of life. Therefore just as the world seeks to rapidly advance resilience, we at the Institute are building models at the community scale and convening leaders locally and from beyond to share experiences and build collaborative solutions.

To showcase and replicate successful strategies and build new collaborations, the Institute held its first Sun Valley Forum on Resilience in July 2015 with a keynote by U.S. Senator Cory A. Booker, inspiring us with his insights from the recovery after Hurricane Sandy as well as his broader national perspective on strategies for a better future. Over 200 attendees also heard from expert speakers including from The Rockefeller Foundation, the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute on Sustainability at Arizona State University, the Idaho National Laboratory, NRG, and SolarCity.

The Institute’s second Forum, July 10-12, 2016, attracted close to 250 attendees and the speakers included author and visionary Paul Hawken, race car driver Leilani Munter, Microsoft Chief Environmental Strategist Rob Bernard,  and leading venture capitalist Nancy Pfund, and ultra-distance athlete and water advocate Mina Guli of Thirst!.

Save the date for our third Forum on July 5-8, 2016, at the Limelight Hotel in Ketchum!

The Institute’s work building resilience at the local as well as global levels is ever more important: this year brought sudden economic, environmental, social and political changes around the world.

The Institute directly strengthens the local community by turning risks into rewards, with early initiatives in energy and food as well as land and water. Simultaneously, the Institute works with local governments, businesses, citizens and non-profits to identify and prioritize community needs to inform strategies in resilience, which will strengthen our economy and quality of life.

Resilience requires investment directed toward multiple outcomes: enhanced natural resources, higher quality jobs, and a diversified economic base. This approach ensures more resilient local, national and global economies with greater quality of life and increased social cohesion. The Institute works with impact investors at the local and global levels to develop new investment opportunities (in businesses and projects) that meet the demands of those seeking to redirect their capital to lower risk, more strategically positioned assets.

We greatly appreciate the support we have received from our donors, staff, and volunteers, without whom we could not have accomplished so much since our founding. We are particularly grateful to the Rockefeller Foundation, the Julie Ann Wrigley Foundation and two anonymous donors whose great early generosity has been central to our impact. Thank you to all of you for your financial contributions, attending our events, putting solar panels on your rooftops, and/or helping us define quality of life for our area. With your help, we have been able to achieve much, and we look forward to even more in 2017.

Sun Valley Forum—Racing to Save the World

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She’s a vegan hippie chick with a race car. A biologist who’s used her fame as one of the top 10 female race car drivers to drive interest for such causes as solar power, electric cars, rainforests, plant-based diets and the plight of dolphins and killer whales in captivity.

And now Leilani Munter is coming to Sun Valley as one of the keynote speakers for the second annual Sun Valley Forum on Resilience.

The forum, hosted by the Sun Valley Institute–a Center for Resilience, will be held July 10-12 at various locations around Ketchum and Sun Valley. For more information, go to www.sunvalleyforum.com.

Joining Munter as a speaker is Mina Guli, the world record-holding ultra-distance athlete who earlier this year ran across seven deserts on seven continents from Antarctica to Jordan to raise awareness about the global freshwater crisis.

“She and I worked together on global climate changes and clean energy and she turned out to be an incredible athlete who figured out she could galvanize the attention of the public by essentially running 40 marathons in seven weeks,” said Aimee Christensen, who founded the Institute.

The conference will kick off on Sunday, July 10, with Paul Hawken, a visionary who served as press coordinator for Martin Luther King Jr. Hawken, currently writing “Carbon, The Business of Life,” talks about the biology of technology.

“He says that nature is a financial benefit,” said Christensen.

Another speaker is Col. Mark “Puck” Mykleby, former special strategic assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and co-author of a just-published book called “The New Grand Strategy: Restoring America’s Prosperity, Security and Sustainability in the 21st Century.”

“It’s about what America’s next great strategy should look like, and it’s all about sustainability,” said Christensen. “It’s about America becoming a model, a marketplace of the innovative technology, in order to build a better economy and quality of life.”

This year’s forum will also include a film festival at the nexStage Theatre, with one film being shown each night. The films focus on everything from economic resilience to personal resilience.

“Time to Choose: Climate Change for Good,” at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 10, will be followed by a question and answer with Executive Producer Tom Dinwoodie. The film looks at solutions for the climate change crisis.

“Racing Extinction,” at 7 p.m. Monday, July 11, will be followed by a question and answer with Oscar-winning director Louie Psihoyos and NASCAR driver and environmentalist Leilani Munter. The film uses state-of-the-art equipment to show never-before-seen images that expose issues of endangered species and mass extinction.

“Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, examines life and business strategist Tony Robbins, going behind the scene of his mammoth Date with Destiny seminar.
There is a suggested donation of $10 for the films.

“I think what this forum does is help inspire all of us and get good information in front of us that leads to starting connections, partnerships,” said Christensen. “People say, ‘Oh, it’s just a conference.’ But I really believe in the power of events. I watch how people get inspired by each other and get connected to each other, how they learn from one another.”

The goal of the forum is to help make Sun Valley and other communities more resilient in the face of crises such as wildfire, water shortages and economic turndown. Last’s year’s forum, which featured U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, proved so popular that the forum was moved to the nexStage Theatre this year.

Christensen estimates out-of-towners will make up about 40 percent of this year’s attendees.

“As I go out to these other events around the world, I keep meeting these incredible people who are working on being more resilient when it comes to energy, food, water and passing local policies that help support economic growth,” she said. “We can learn from them and build on the success that they are having. And gathering these global leaders together in Sun Valley helps them make connections among themselves.”

The forum kicks off at 1 p.m. Sunday and continues through 3 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets start at $80 for a full day’s worth of sessions and that ticket includes breakfast and lunch.

Other speakers include Rob Bernard, chief environmental strategist for Microsoft; Chris Bray, director of the Institute for Translational Research in Children’s Mental Health; Dianna Cohen, CEO of the Plastic Pollution Coalition; Ann Davlink, co-chair of New York State Micro-grid Energy Prize Competition; Douglas Gayeton, co-founder of Lexicon of Sustainability, and Dr. Stephanie Gripne, founder of the Impact Finance Center.

Also, Robert Hemphill, co-founder of AES Solar; Oran Hesterman, president and CEO of Fair Food Network; Peter Knight, president of Generation Investment Management U.S.; Zachary Knight, co-founder of Blue Forest Conservation, and Diana Lanza, co-founder of Confluence Philanthropy.

Still others include Jim Lyons, deputy assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of the Interior; Joel Makower, chairman of GreenBiz Group; Mona Newton, executive director of Community Office for Resource Efficiency, and Robert M. Perkowitz, founder of ecoAmerica.

KMVT: Sun Valley Institute & Local Food Alliance Announce Merger

Two Wood River Valley organizations are merging their missions.

The Local Food Alliance, whose goal is to help create a robust local food system in the Wood River Valley, is now a part of the Sun Valley Institute for Resilience.

A non–profit established in 2015 that is investing in energy, food, water, environment, and community causes throughout the Wood River Valley.

“Now the food program can integrate with the energy, water, and community and environment programs to have more coordinated and efficient and effective impact,” said Ali Long, Founder and Director of the Local Food Alliance.

The Local Food Alliance hosts regular film screenings, including one coming up called Lunch Love Community.

It is screening at 7pm on Thursday at the Community School and at the same time on Friday at The Community Campus.

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