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An overview of the BOULDER COUNTY GOING LOCAL! Campaign initiated by the founders of Boulder Valley Relocalization. See for more information.

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  1. 2. <ul><li>Building community self-sufficiency and strengthening the local economy through partnership, collaboration and citizen engagement </li></ul>
  2. 3. <ul><li>A county-wide Campaign, setting the theme for a decade-long effort to make the transition to a stronger, more localized economy in an energy-constrained future. </li></ul>
  3. 4. <ul><li>Initiated by the founders of Boulder Valley Relocalization (BVR), presented by Boulder Going Local, Inc. (a social venture) in collaboration with Boulder Independent Business Alliance (BIBA), Boulder County Farmers’ Markets , Slow Food Boulder , local and county government, local growers, local citizens and many others dedicated to a thriving, secure and resilient local community. </li></ul>
  4. 6. <ul><li>Boulder County Commissioners </li></ul><ul><li>Naropa University </li></ul><ul><li>MicroBusiness Development (Denver) </li></ul><ul><li>KGNU </li></ul><ul><li>Be Local BALLE Network (Ft. Collins) </li></ul><ul><li>PLAN Boulder County, </li></ul><ul><li>Downtown Boulder Inc. (DBI) </li></ul><ul><li>Boulder County Farmers’ Markets </li></ul><ul><li>Boulder Co-Op Market </li></ul><ul><li>Abbondanza Organic Seeds & Produce </li></ul><ul><li>Boulder Bookstore </li></ul><ul><li>Naturally Boulder </li></ul><ul><li>Boulder’s Best Organics </li></ul><ul><li>The Kitchen </li></ul><ul><li>American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA) </li></ul><ul><li>Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) </li></ul>
  5. 8. <ul><li>Increase public awareness of the need for community responses to ramifications of over-reliance on cheap fossil fuels </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce carbon emissions and prepare the community for an energy-constrained future </li></ul><ul><li>Stimulate community economic self-reliance based on local production of food, energy and goods, and local development of currency, governance and culture </li></ul>
  6. 9. <ul><li>Support the production of local goods and services while fostering a commitment to reducing consumption and improving environmental and social conditions </li></ul><ul><li>Catalyze community actions that can be implemented locally and become working models for other communities </li></ul><ul><li>Begin reversing the local effects of economic globalization </li></ul>
  7. 10. <ul><li>BUY LOCAL FIRST! </li></ul><ul><li>EAT LOCAL! </li></ul><ul><li>GROW LOCAL! </li></ul><ul><li>LOCAL ENERGY! </li></ul><ul><li>LOCAL CURRENCY! </li></ul>
  8. 11. Promoting buying local whenever possible and supporting locally-owned independent businesses
  9. 14. <ul><li>Partnering with BIBA, Downtown Boulder Inc. (DBI) </li></ul><ul><li>Steering Committee </li></ul><ul><li>Drawing from AMIBA and BALLE experience </li></ul><ul><li>BUY LOCAL FIRST! Coupon Book </li></ul><ul><li>Online directory </li></ul><ul><li>Public and media events </li></ul><ul><li>Collateral materials, co-op advertising </li></ul>
  10. 17. <ul><li>Public awareness and education value </li></ul><ul><li>Increases traffic and sales </li></ul><ul><li>Builds customer loyalty </li></ul><ul><li>Generates revenues for BIBA, BVR </li></ul><ul><li>Fundraiser for community groups </li></ul>
  11. 18. <ul><li>Best-selling book in town </li></ul><ul><li>Adding to wholesale and retail sales </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing tax revenues </li></ul><ul><li>More than 500 businesses participating </li></ul>
  12. 19. Supporting local growers, CSAs and farmers’ markets, promoting local restaurants and stores offering locally-grown food
  13. 20. Designed to bring new awareness, energy and vitality to the local food system, promoting closer connections between members of the community and those who grow our food
  14. 23. <ul><li>Boulder County EAT LOCAL! Resource Guide </li></ul><ul><li>EAT LOCAL! Challenge </li></ul><ul><li>“ Local Food is Miles Better” </li></ul><ul><li>EAT LOCAL! Festival (Sept. 15) </li></ul><ul><li>EAT LOCAL! Week (Sept. 15 – 23) </li></ul><ul><li>Boulder County Agri-Tourism </li></ul>
  15. 26. <ul><li>Growers/Farmers/CSAs </li></ul><ul><li>Restaurants and caterers serving locally-grown produce </li></ul><ul><li>Farmers’ markets </li></ul><ul><li>Gardens </li></ul><ul><li>Retailers carrying both local farm and fair trade products </li></ul><ul><li>Food producers using locally-grown ingredients </li></ul><ul><li>Key organizations </li></ul>
  16. 27. Developing local food security through flourishing gardens, community greenhouses and community farms
  17. 28. <ul><li>With current agricultural system, we can feed only ~20,000 people in Boulder County </li></ul><ul><li>With greatly expanded individual/community plots, increased farming for food, bio-intensive methods, reduced calorie intake and simplified diet, this can be increased to ~185,000 people </li></ul><ul><li>Boulder County population is 300,000 </li></ul>
  18. 29. <ul><li>Encourage local citizens to grow more of their own food in home and community gardens, community greenhouses, and community farms </li></ul><ul><li>Catalyze the development of new food-producing farms, expansion of existing farms, and the development of new farmers in Boulder County </li></ul>
  19. 30. <ul><li>Provide ongoing education in Permaculture and bio-intensive gardening/food production methods </li></ul><ul><li>Stimulate volunteering at local farms </li></ul>
  20. 31. Catalyzing appropriate community responses to the coming energy crisis, developing sustainable local alternative energy sources
  21. 32. <ul><li>Demonstrate effective strategies for reducing and eventually eliminating dependence on imported fossil fuels for energy </li></ul><ul><li>Help reduce local contribution to greenhouse gas emissions </li></ul><ul><li>Educate the public, local businesses and institutions, and help catalyze appropriate community responses </li></ul>
  22. 33. <ul><li>Conservation education </li></ul><ul><li>Peak Oil Resolution </li></ul><ul><li>Local Energy Farm </li></ul><ul><li>Alternative educational programs </li></ul><ul><li>Energy strategy demonstrations </li></ul>
  23. 34. Channeling flows of economic energy to help reweave the fabric of connections that is at the heart of our community
  24. 35. <ul><li>Frequent flyer miles </li></ul><ul><li>BerkShares </li></ul><ul><li>Ithaca Dollars </li></ul><ul><li>SkillShare </li></ul><ul><li>Time Exchange Network </li></ul>
  25. 36. <ul><li>Targeted to solve specific problems, local currencies can serve as the catalyst to liberate unused or latent resources within the community, meet unmet needs, and create new economic flows </li></ul><ul><li>Local currencies are about building community while building the local economy </li></ul>
  26. 37. <ul><li>Participating in Boulder County Complementary Currency Task Force (convened by Tom Mayer) </li></ul><ul><li>In dialogue with city and county government </li></ul><ul><li>Steering Committee </li></ul><ul><li>Considering Locals Care, ECO 2 Card, Fourth Corner Exchange, etc. </li></ul>
  27. 38. <ul><li>Building community self-sufficiency and strengthening the local economy through partnership, collaboration and citizen engagement </li></ul>
  28. 39. <ul><li>Themed events </li></ul><ul><li>Speakers and panels </li></ul><ul><li>Documentary film screenings </li></ul><ul><li>Classes, courses, workshops </li></ul><ul><li>Community dialogues </li></ul>
  29. 40. <ul><li>May 15 (Tues.), VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION AND TRAINING for Boulder Valley Relocalization and BOULDER GOING LOCAL! Campaign </li></ul><ul><li>May 17 (Thurs.), CRUDE IMPACT , an award-winning documentary film exploring the discovery and use of oil and its interconnection with human domination of the planet </li></ul><ul><li>May 19 (Sat.), MOUNTAIN GARDENING , with Sandy Cruz </li></ul><ul><li>May 24 (Thurs.), BOULDER BOOK STORE presents PAUL HAWKEN , author of BLESSED UNREST: HOW THE LARGEST MOVEMENT IN THE WORLD CAME INTO BEING AND HOW NO ONE SAW IT COMING </li></ul>
  30. 41. <ul><li>County-Wide Festival, Conference, Expo </li></ul><ul><li>September 28-30 </li></ul><ul><li>Planet Bluegrass, Lyons </li></ul><ul><li>Featuring Slow on the Planet (Sun., Sept. 30) </li></ul>
  31. 42. <ul><li>Bioneers Conference 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>“ We can no longer import our lives in the form of food, fuel and fundamentalism. Life is homegrown, always has been. So is culture. And so too are the solutions to global problems.” </li></ul>