Community Investment in Clean Energy & Nonprofit Capacity Building
Client: Snake River Alliance
Community LLC provided campaign planning, media and communications, volunteer and public engagement, customer relations and partnership development services for the local nonprofit Snake River Alliance’s Solarize the Valley program.
The new program to increase rooftop solar installation in Ada and Canyon counties reached thousands of people through newspaper, TV and radio stories and social media, four public workshops and many events. More than 400 households participated in the program, receiving individualized help from volunteers and a professional installation bid. 49 rooftop solar installations were completed totaling 314 kilowatts of energy, far exceeding the target of 250 kilowatts and resulting in the investment of $981,117 in the local economy. The program raised more than $40,000 for the Alliance.
Liz secured 13 partners that contributed cash or in-kind services to the program, recruited and managed 15 volunteers, organized the campaign events, built and updated the website, wrote articles, emails and press releases, posted on Facebook, made presentations, and worked with the customers to ensure satisfaction and engage them in the Snake River Alliance.
Report Makes Case for Wild and Scenic River Protection
Client: American Rivers
Community LLC conducted extensive research on hundreds of rivers in Idaho’s Salmon Challis National Forest for American Rivers, providing detailed recommendations for Federal Wild and Scenic River eligibility of 124 rivers. The Forest is updating their Resource Management Plan, and the report will support American Rivers’ campaign to protect rivers that possess one or more outstandingly remarkable values. Liz prepared the comprehensive report – Wild and Scenic River Eligibility Recommendations Salmon Challis National Forest – based on a close examination of scientific reports and stream temperature data, interviews with 23 local experts and consultation with guidebooks and other resources.
Partnership Building for Water Quality in Urban Ada County
Client: Ada Soil and Water Conservation District
Liz worked with Supervisors and the District Manager at the Ada Soil and Water Conservation District to develop the Ada Urban Area Stormwater BMP Project and apply for funding from the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality. Liz secured support from eight partners who pledged $156,970 to complete the $355,615 project to install permeable pavers in The Riverside Hotel parking lot to prevent polluted stormwater from entering the Boise River. Competition was tough and more traditional agricultural projects were funded, but there will future opportunities to fund cooperative urban water quality projects.
Collaboration for River Health
Client: Boise River Enhancement Network
Community LLC provided administrative, outreach, communications and fundraising services to the Boise River Enhancement Network to build capacity and sustainability. Tasks included organizing numerous field trips, two Boise River float trips and educational programs, developing a new website, grant writing, project implementation, and leadership development and written and verbal communication.
Local Business Protects the Boise River
Client: The Riverside Hotel
Liz helped The Riverside Hotel make improvements to their stormwater management infrastructure to reduce water pollution. Owners Lynda and Dave Johnson received the Leadership in Practice award from COMPASS. Liz also helped them overhaul their riparian habitat.
Spreading the Word
Client: Lower Boise Watershed Council
Liz handles the Facebook postings for this multi-stakeholder watershed group to promote understanding of the organization and the issues.
Training for Effective Campaigns
Client: Idaho Conservation League
Liz gave a workshop for ICL staff to strengthen campaign development skills and encourage self-care for personal well being.