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Sustainable building training program setCarbondale-based Solar Energy International recently announced the 2007 sustainable building training program. These workshops are for individuals already working in the building industry or for novices interested in learning about sustainable building practices.The 2007 Colorado program consists of five workshops focused on the styles and techniques of the evolving sustainable building field at SEI’s new seven-acre campus in Paonia. The Paonia Eco-Campus will incorporate all sustainable building techniques and renewable energy systems. Students will help build the campus through the hands-on component in the different workshops. The Eco-Campus will offer students an opportunity to practice what they have learned and eventually offer the experience of staying in a sustainable setting.Workshops in 2007 include: “Straw Bale Design & Construction,” April 13-15; “Sustainable Home Design,” June 4-8; “Designing & Building Natural Homes,” June 11-15; “Plasters for Natural Homes,” July 23-25; and “Straw Bale Design & Construction,” Sept. 14-16.For more information, visit or call 963-8855.Obermeyer is Supplier of the YearSnowSports Industries America recognized Aspen-based outdoor clothing manufacturer Sport Obermeyer as having the “best booth staff” at the SIA.07 SnowSports Trade Show in January.Before the show, retailers received information and nomination criteria to keep with them as they conducted business and attended appointments on the show floor. Upon return, retailers received surveys to cast their final votes and nominate their favorites. Other winners included Burton for best product catalog and best display, and Volcom won for best swag.”The SIA Awards program continues to expand, and we as an association for the snowsports industry feel it important to recognize constituents who continue to strive for excellence in promoting winter sports and its products,” said SIA awards program coordinator Sara Hobbs.For more information about the SIA awards, visit organization awards ACRAHospitality Sales & Marketing Association International recognized the Aspen Chamber Resort Association and Promo Communications with awards for public relations and advertising at the 17th annual Adrian Awards. More than 800 hospitality, travel and tourism public relations and marketing executives attended the awards ceremony Jan. 29 at the New York Marriott Marquis.The Aspen Chamber Resort Association and Promo Communications received a Silver Award in the “Special Event” category for the Aspen Cocktail Classic; a Silver Award in the “Marketing Program – Consumer” category for the “Aspen’s Got Free Gas” campaign; a Bronze Award in the “Feature Placement – Television” category for a segment on Denver’s Channel 7 by reporter Bill Clarke highlighting Aspen as a drive-to destination for Denver residents; and a Bronze Award in the “On-line Press Room” category for the Aspen Chamber on-line media center.The Aspen Chamber Resort Association, Promo Communications and Words Pictures Colors received a Silver Award for the Aspen summer media kit. The Aspen Chamber Resort Association and the Sterling Rice Group received a Bronze Award in the “Complete Campaign – Travel Agent/Travel Industry Sales” category for “All the Best” marketing campaign.The Adrian Awards competition attracted more than 1,200 entries from 36 countries and destinations around the world, with teams of experts from all sectors of the industry judging entries.Lucas completes buyer sales strategy courseBasalt-based real estate agent Wendy Lucas recently completed a specialized course in residential real estate buyer sales strategies with the Council of Residential Specialists of the National Association of Realtors.This course is one in a series of professional education sequences to qualify for the certified residential specialist designation.”The growing importance of negotiation, as well as sales strategies in today’s residential real estate market, were addressed by the instructor in this course,” Lucas said. “The many and varied needs of the buyer, who is making what is probably the largest single purchase of a lifetime, is dealt with in this advanced course.”The course included counseling techniques, understanding human behavior and professional knowledge of the steps in the real estate sales sequence.GrassRoots TV12 welcomes new staffGrassRoots TV12 recently welcomed Ashley Allison back to its full-time staff. With the new title of program development, Allison will help eliminate any barriers locals may encounter in producing their own television programs. Her experience will help community producers realize their dreams of creating television.A 2004 graduate of Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., with a degree in electronic media and broadcasting, Allison was formerly studio and programming director at GrassRoots TV12, a job she held after a one-year internship. She resumes her position on staff after taking a sabbatical to pursue production opportunities with PBS in Washington, D.C., and New York City as the assistant producer of Kidscook Production LLS.For more information about GrassRoots TV12 programming, call Ashley Allison at 925-8000, ext. 10.