Eagle County free charging locations:
- Eagle County Building, 551 Broadway Street, Eagle
- Eagle Park and Ride, 955 Chambers Ave., Eagle
- Eagle County Community Center, 20 Eagle Drive, El Jebel
- Eagle County Airport, 219 Eldon Wilson Road, Gypsum
- Eagle County Maintenance Center, 3299 Cooley Mesa Road, Gypsum
Tell us about some of the challenges you face implementing the county’s renewable energy goals.
Bossung: A challenge with buildings is around thinking ahead with some of this. Challenging misconceptions and the status quo of, say, using certain types of building materials or mechanical systems over more sustainable and efficient ones because that’s the way it’s always been done. Switching to high-efficiency electric heating systems is an example – we wouldn’t be having this conversation 5 years ago.
Gitchell: We’ve had an incredible amount of support from county commissioners who are 100% behind doing our part at the county toward climate protection, resilience, and community well-being. Our community is receptive and ready to take action. Our big challenge is finding the ways to move together as a community, on scaled actions that cut GHG emissions and protect our climate. Switching quickly to clean fuel sources for buildings and vehicles is a big part of that.
Where do you see the Eagle County in 10 years?
Gitchell: Further electrifying our fleet and our buildings using 100% percent clean, renewable power in all of Eagle County operations. Let’s produce as much as we use, and let’s only use 100% renewable..
Bossung: We would love to be an example of what a community can achieve when different groups of people come together towards a common purpose. We want to tackle these difficult problems and we recognize how urgent the task is.
Gitchell: We’ll continue to seek opportunities to cut community-wide emissions, improve our resilience against climate related risks of drought and wildfire, and the ongoing and future threats with COVID-19.
How can HCE members further help with your renewable energy goals?
Gitchell: Swap out that gas powered car with an electric vehicle and take advantage of HCE’s free charger. Better yet, ride a bike or hop on the bus – our buses are going electric! Also if you’re replacing your boiler or furnace, consider the new generation of electric heat pumps – the technology is cleaner, more efficient, and produces less emissions. Our partners at Walking Mountains Science Center have an incredible amount of resources available for all of us interested in cutting costs, reducing health and safety risks in buildings, and cutting our carbon footprint.