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S D / I News
May 4, 2010
Feed-in Tariff  
S D / I has initiated a working group of Colorado renewable energy leaders to explore a Feed-in Tariff program for Colorado electric municipalities and possible state legislation. More information on Colorado feed-in tariff is availableable at Colorado Alliance for Renewable Energy - C A R E

April 10, 2010
Judge for the Aspen 2010 Rocky Mountain Green Award 
The 2010 Aspen Rocky Mountain Green Award organization has invited Robert Youngberg to be a Judge for this event. The award will be presented to the organization or business that most clearly demonstrates Green Practices in the 7 State Rocky Mountain region.  The ward will be presented at the American Renewable Energy Day conference in Aspen, Co during August 19-20, 2010. For more information see: 
January 10, 2010
Steering Committee for the Alliance for Renewable Energy, 
Robert Youngberg has accepted the invitation to join the Steering Committee of the International Alliance for Renewable Energy (ARE).  The ARE, with a focus on North America, is an alliance of policymakers, renewable energy experts, citizens, research institutions, and large and small businesses that came together in the Spring of 2008. The ARE goal is to rapidly increase the shift from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy. The ARE strategy is to create awareness of and build support for ‘the world’s most effective renewable energy policies’ Feed-In Tariffs (FITs).
For more information see the website for the Alliance for Renewable Energy -
September 10, 2007
University of Denver  Denver Research Institute
The University of Denver - Denver Research Institute (DRI) has contracted with S D / I to conduct a study and evaluation of the feasibility of DRI to formulate, organize and lead a multi-disciplinary and multi-department effort at the University of Denver. 
The focus of this 6 month effort will be in Sustainability, Environmentally Appropriate Development, and Security.
August 15, 2007
Colorado Climate Action Plan
Robert Youngberg, President of S D / I has been invited by Governor Bill Ritter to serve on the Business and Industry Sector of the Colorado Climate Action Committee. 
This group provides the Governor insight on possible programmatic, executive actions and needed legislation to flatten and then reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that contribute to global warming. 
July 3, 2007
The Trailblazer Foundation - 180 New Requests
At the recent International Rotary conference, Scott Coats, co-founder of the Trailblazer Foundation,  And Pat Butts, member of the Board of Directors, presented the results of 5 recently completed projects in Cambodia that were funded by the Jackson, WY International Rotary Clubs. Scott received over 180 requests for information, assistance, and funding for sustainable development projects from attendees representing 47 countries.
Robert Youngberg, President of S D / I, serves on the Board of Directors of the Trailblazer Foundation and spent the last week of July reviewing and prioritizing these requests with the Trailblazer Foundation board and founders.
June 15, 2007
CORE - Connected Organizations for a Responsible Economy
S D / I has become a member of CORE, Colorado’s leading sustainable business trade association, fusing sustainability with business.
CORE enhances the economic vitality and competitive positioning of its members by assisting them in integrating socially and environmentally responsible business practices into profitable commercial enterprises. We achieve our mission by developing cutting-edge training and education programs, providing valuable tools and resources, and by assisting our members develop and share best practices.
More Information:
June 1, 2007
Slovakia - Sustainable Energy Finance Facility Framework
Euro-Phoenix Limited, of Budapest, Hungary has selected S D / I to provide program management and technical assistance for the Sustainable Energy Finance Facility Framework in the Slovenska Republika (Slovakia Republic). 
This project will assist the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to establish a Facility to significantly improve energy efficiency and reduce energy intensity in the Slovak Republic. Energy intensity is defined as the ratio of primary energy to output and is a key component of the competitiveness of the economy.  It is anticipated that approximately EUR 60-75 million in loans will be provided by participating Slovakian banks.
The Facility will provide publicity, technical expertise, and review grants and loans for energy efficient and renewable energy projects for industrial, commercial, and residential markets in the Slovakia Republic. 
The facility will review the environmental impact of the sub-projects by calculation of greenhouse gas emission reduction resulting from these projects following Kyoto, Joint- Implementation (JI) and EU-Emissions Trading Scheme Regulations.
For more information, please click the Slovakia Republic tab or Please contact SD/I at
May 15, 2007
Trailblazer Foundation 
Robert Youngberg, President of S D / I, has accepted the invitation to serve on the Board of Directors of the Trailblazer Foundation.  
Trailblazer Foundation Mission: The Trailblazer Foundation is committed to principles of sustainability through water programs and community projects, networking with appropriate agencies to expand resources. We train people in developing countries to identify causes of impoverishment and create solutions by establishing self-managing projects as a means to a sustainable community, thus improving the health, welfare, and economy of people within the world society.
Trailblazer Vision: 
·                     To develop self-sustaining projects and programs that rely and depend upon local talent and skills.
·                     To provide opportunities for self-employment and economic independence. 
·                     To reduce dependency on international aid.
·                     To promote world peace.
May 1, 2007
Village Earth
Village Earth has invited Robert Youngberg, President of S D / I to serve on it's Board of Trustees  
Village Earth Mission: 
·                     To promote the Village Earth approach to sustainable development worldwide, which adheres to the concept that communities already posses the seeds of their own development, and that the optimum approach to development employs a "bottom-up" participatory process. 
·                     We facilitate sustainable community-based development by connecting communities with global resources through training, consulting, and networking with organizations worldwide.
Village Earth is the outreach arm of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) at Colorado State University (CSU). 
IISD and Village Earth partner to make accessible the people and resources of CSU to community development projects around the world.
More Information: 
Village Earth