Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Mariel Hemingway to be in Hailey parade

Author, actress supports city environmental programs


    Mariel Hemingway, author, actress, healthy-lifestyle guru and granddaughter of author Ernest Hemingway, will visit Hailey as host of the Hailey Community Climate Challenge film. Hemingway will be the main attraction of the Hailey Community Climate Challenge’s parade float entry in the Fourth of July parade.
    The parade will begin at noon on Thursday, July 4.
    Hemingway will be accompanied by Bobby Williams, her partner and co-author of the book “Running With Nature.” Iconoclast Books in Ketchum will host a book signing on Friday, July 5, at 5 p.m.
    The Hailey Community Climate Challenge documentary film is being produced by local company Diamond Sun Productions and showcases the efforts of the community to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The project is managed by the city of Hailey and includes a number of other participants, including local residents, Mountain Rides Transportation Authority, the Environmental Resource Center and the Wood River Land Trust’s Building Material Thrift Store.
The film aims to provide an example that can be replicated and inspire other communities and organizations to take on similar challenges. It is the main education and outreach component, capturing all eight projects and programs under the challenge:
l    18 5B BikeShare bikes.
l    75 downtown LED streetlight retrofits.
l    Construction recycling pilot program.
l    70 Save-a-Watt rebates.
l    Nine Renewable Energy System rebate awards.
l    Deconstruction and material salvage.
l    LEED Silver Certification of the Welcome Center.
l    Just Bag It program.
Made possible by a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Community Climate Challenge has set a goal of saving enough energy to provide heat and power to 45 homes.
For more information, contact Sustainability Coordinator Mariel Platt, at 788-9815, ext. 24, or .

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