• EV Summit rolls into Fairgrounds • Diversity Dialogue returns Feb. 23

Missy Votel - 02/07/2019

EV Summit rolls into Fairgrounds

The Four Corners Office for Resource Efficiency wants locals to get on the bus – the electric bus, that is. Next month, 4CORE, along with help from LPEA and La Plata County, will be hosting the area’s first ever Electric Vehicle and Clean Transportation Summit. The summit takes place from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Wed., March 13, at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. It is free and open to all interested community members, but especially geared toward fleet managers, businesses, governments and agencies.

The summit will cover the latest in transportation developments in Colorado, infrastructure, EVs and funding opportunities for fleet conversion. It will also include vehicle demos and presentations from experts in the field, including Matt Frommer, of SWEEP, the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, which focuses on electric vehicle policy and EV-grid integration.

In addition, the event will feature a visit from Proterra’s zero-emission bus. Founded in 2004 in Golden, Proterra has developed an all-electric passenger bus capable of transporting up to 40 passengers. The bus is the most lightweight and fuel-and cost-efficient bus on the market with the potential to revolutionize mass transit.

Summit attendees will also be able to test drive and kick the tires of today’s latest EVs.

In conjunction with the summit, the San Juan Citizens Alliance's Green Business Roundtable on March 13 will also feature Frommer as guest speaker. The roundtable takes place at noon at the at the Strater Hotel.

For more information, visit www.fourcore.org.

Diversity Dialogue returns Feb. 23

We’ve all heard about deep thinking, but what about deep listening? The 10th annual Diversity Dialogue aims  to tackle just that in an effort to help bridge the political and cultural divide that is gripping the country, seemingly now more than ever.

The theme for this year’s dialogue is “I Hear You – Uniting Across Cultures and the Political Divide,” and the free event takes place from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sat., Feb. 23, in the Fort Lewis College Student Union Ballroom. Appropriate for those ages 12 and older, the event will include sessions on nonviolent communication, deep listening and enhancing connection with those who hold differing views.

Free parking will be available on campus, and attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable food donation for the  La Plata Family Center’s food pantry. Registration starts at 8:45 a.m., and the event will be capped at the first 100 participants to register. Those who register by Feb. 15 will also receive a free lunch. To register, email lauren.evaluation @gmail.com.

Support for the dialogue comes from the City of Durango’s Community Relations Commission and the Embracing Diversity Initiative in partnership with the Prejudice Elimination Action Team at Durango High School, Fort Lewis College’s El Centro de Muchos Colores and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Durango.