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Rappaport sees the issues clearly

Dear Editor:

Glenn Rappaport has a long history of productive influence in local issues, lending a creative and sensible voice to our communities as they change with the times. Glenn’s use of the term “messy vitality” caught on immediately because it helped people to see the chaos of democracy as a positive influence on the creation of vibrant communities. Sometimes perspective is everything to an issue, and Glenn has a keen ability to think and communicate clearly about issues facing our communities.

Recently, Glenn was helping the Eagle Crest Nursery in El Jebel design its new retail center and greenhouse, using standard greenhouse structures from the Nexus Greenhouse Corp. in Denver. Insulating values for the structures were insufficient to pass the Eagle County energy code as a retail center, so Glenn called me to ask if the solar heat storage methods we used at the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute’s greenhouses could help bring the economical greenhouse structures into energy-code compliance by storing excess heat created during sunny days for use during colder nights. A quick study of the potential for this heat capture indicated that indeed it would work, so we designed two large “climate batteries” for the retail center and the new greenhouse. The building is now completed, and the Eagle Crest Nursery business is moving into its comfy new digs with the blessings of the Eagle County Building Department. The solar heat storage system we designed for the facility will save a great deal of energy over time and will be a working example of how we can do more with fewer resources.

Glenn is also an advocate for the development of a local food economy, encouraging and finding network partners for continued establishment of community gardens and for using open space land and conservation easements to expand local food production and distribution. The global economic malaise we still find ourselves in spurs many folks to think about local economies and how we might insulate our communities from some of the effects of the bursting bubbles of our global economy. We could use the perspective of community leaders like Glenn as we navigate this changing scene and strive to maintain vibrant communities in our precious valley.

Please vote for Glenn Rappaport as the next mayor of Basalt.

Thank you!

Michael Thompson


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