Green Community Technologies: Alternative Technology Assessment for Rural Communities

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$280,175.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
2004-33610-15010
Award Id:
57320
Agency Tracking Number:
2002-00332
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
228 North Main Street, St. Albans, VT, 05478
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Shanna Ratner
(802) 524-6141
shanna@yellowwood.org
Business Contact:
Shanna Ratner
President
(802) 524-6141
shanna@yellowwood.org
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Problem Rural communities must invest in a range of infrastructure to support public services. Decision-making regarding municipal investments is often made by part-time, volunteer community leaders who lack access to up-to-date information about alternative technologies and approaches. In addition, federal programs promoting alternative technologies are often focused on urban areas, with limited resources to address rural differences in scale, capacity, and financial resources. Furthermore, technologies are always changing and improving, making it difficult to keep up with them. Yellow Wood Associates is offering an assessment approach to small communities that compares the performance, cost and capacity of existing and proposed rural community municipal infrastructure with the performance, cost and capacity of alternative technologies and approaches. Our systematic assessment process helps communities in formulating cost-effective plans for phased implementation of appropriate alternatives. Plus, we can take communities from assessment to implementation by connecting them with companies and methods of financing. Rural communities can benefit from the Green Community Technologies service through cost savings, cost avoidance, potential creation of new employment opportunities, and environmental benefits.

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