The Fierce Urgency of Now: MLK Event

Join us for dinner, a movie, music and a cause to celebrate MLK day!
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We will be screening the film “Time to Choose,” a in-depth look at climate problems and solutions. Musician Carrie Newcomer will be preforming and a light dinner will be provided. imagesThe event is sponsored by 9 local environmental organizations dedicated to making our earth a better place for all! The event is free but tickets are required.

103_shutterstock_88550854-740px“We are now faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late.”
-Dr. Martin Luther King.

Sarah and Neil Kopper: Energy Leaders

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Sarah and Neil have been nominated as Energy Leaders because of their dedication to conserving energy in their home and around town.

Energy Leader Achievements:

  • Sarah and Neil save energy and set an example by walking and biking for transportation
  • They use their A/C minimally and keep the thermostat low in the winter
  • They also save energy by only hang drying their laundry
  • Currently upgrading to LED light bulbs
  • They use minimal appliances to save energy

We are so proud to have such an inspiring family in our community!

Know someone in the community who is making a huge difference? The Energy Leader award is presented to individuals that have shown significant achievements in energy efficiency and sustainability in Monroe County. Help us recognize these community all-stars by nominating an Energy Leader today!

Energy Leader Criteria:
To be considered for an Energy Leader award, individuals must display commitment to one or more of the following areas that have resulted in meaningful outcomes (on any scale):

– Improving home energy efficiency
– Sharing energy saving knowledge within the community
– Developing or utilizing innovative energy saving techniques
– Energy Ambassador certification or a member of a MCEC       committee dedicated to reducing energy consumption in Monroe   County.

Know an Energy Leader? Click here to make a nomination

11.30.16 Proclaimed Harmony Enviro. Science Students Day!

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November 29, 2016 was proclaimed a city-wide day of recognition for all the hard work that  the Harmony High School Environmental Science Students students put into the MCEC Solar, Wind & Watts Roadshow this fall! Thank you to these incredible youth leaders and teachers!

20161025_133843-2Watch Alex Crowley, Director of Economic and Sustainable Development at the City of Bloomington read the Proclamation on behalf of Mayor John Hamilton here.

20161129_140459-2The first Solar, Wind & Watts Roadshow series wrapped up yesterday at Clear Creek Elementary with three 2nd grade classes learning about renewable energy sources and energy conservation.
20161129_142255-2We had a blast during the 6 week program in which we visited 17 classes across 6 schools and over 370 students! We are looking forward to bringing the Roadshow back to MCCSC in the spring, with help from Harmony and Bloomington High School South. We are also pleased to announce that we will be expanding to the Richland Bean Blossom School District with help from Edgewood High school students!

To sign-up for the spring series, please contact MoCoEnergyChallenge@gmail.com or (812)349-3558.

Support your Community on #Giving Tuesday!

Donate Now (2).pngThank you for supporting the Monroe County Energy Challenge! As the nation-wide competition for $5M draws to a close, we are ramping up our energy conservation efforts for 2017. No matter which city wins, our results don’t lie. The work we have accomplished and the difference that we made in our community and environment have helped make Monroe County more sustainable and resilient. Help us continue our great work (and earn a dollar-for-dollar match!) by making a donation to the MCEC today!

Achievements in 2015-16:

  •  Provided over 450 free Energy Assessments to homes in Monroe County
  • Air sealed and insulated 22 low-income homes with an estimated 10-year savings of over $84,000 and a greenhouse gas reduction of over 46,000 lbs/year
  • Provided free Energy Assessments for 14 Child Care Centers, helping to improve our children’s environment and reduce utility costs for local small businesses
  • Distributed 1,500 free LED light bulbs to encourage energy-saving practices and technologies through Project Porchlight
  • Partnered with 25 companies representing over 7,000 employees and 55,000 residents as part of our Workplace Partner Program
  • Partnered with Harmony high school students to educate 2nd-4th graders about renewable energy through our Solar, Wind & Watts Roadshow. In all, we visited 17 classrooms in 6 schools and 370 students in just 6 weeks
  • Hosted or participated in over 200 community events since 2015, including energy fairs, parades, weatherization demonstrations, presentations to the community, and more!
  • Won the MIT Climate CoLab 2016 Buildings competition for RentRocket.org, a prototype website that empowers renters to see and compare utility costs and gain a better understanding of the full costs of renting

We are hoping to extend the scope of programs and services that we offer, but in order to do so, we rely on the continued support of our great community. To support our efforts in 2017, please click the Donate button below.

Donate today, and your donation could be matched 1:1 through a Partners for Places Equity grant. Your donation, and this additional funding, will let us continue to grow the great programs we’ve started over the last two years.

To donate, click here, then click “Make a Donation”.
  • On the Review Donation page, click on “Add special instructions to the seller” – type “for Monroe County Energy Challenge

Thank you so much for your continued support, and we look forward to making an even bigger impact in 2017!

Cheers,

The MCEC Team

Brenda Seibel: Energy Leader

20161117_142936-2-1Brenda was nominated as an Energy Leader because of her dedication to helping co-workers and community members conserve energy.

 Energy Leader Achievements:

  • Brenda helped to organize an MCEC Energy Fair at the library to help teach local residents how to weatherize their homes for the winter and conserve energy
  • Her family upgraded their stove & refrigerator to Energy Star models, installed high efficiency windows, and replaced a toilet with a water saving model
  • Installed ceiling fans in the living room and 3 bedrooms to reduce AC use in the summer
  • Installed attic insulation, switched from electric heat to gas heat, and from an electric water heater to gas heater
  • Currently upgrading to LED lighting
  • Most of their yard decorations are solar and they just purchased LED Christmas lights for their Christmas tree
  • Brenda also creates fun, informative displays at MCPL to illustrate simple ways to save money and energy

We are so proud to have such an inspiring woman in our community!

Know someone in the community who is making a huge difference? The Energy Leader award is presented to individuals that have shown significant achievements in energy efficiency and sustainability in Monroe County. Help us recognize these community all-stars by nominating an Energy Leader today!

Energy Leader Criteria:
To be considered for an Energy Leader award, individuals must display commitment to one or more of the following areas that have resulted in meaningful outcomes (on any scale):

– Improving home energy efficiency
– Sharing energy saving knowledge within the community
– Developing or utilizing innovative energy saving techniques
– Energy Ambassador certification or a member of a MCEC       committee dedicated to reducing energy consumption in Monroe   County.

Know an Energy Leader? Click here to make a nomination

Solar, Wind & Watts Roadshow Visits Marlin School

20161102_144459-2Thank you Marlin Dragons! We had a great time teaching the 2-4th grade classes about renewable energy resources and energy conservation!20161102_142358-2The  lessons are taught by representatives from the MCEC and Environmental Science students from Harmony School. We are using this unique approach to teaching because we know that youth can be catalysts for change in our community and the world. 20161102_144207-2The program  design incorporates various ages of learners because conducting educational outreach provides older students with leadership experience, as well as can make the lessons more fun for the younger learners.  20161102_143828-2Activities include solar car races, discovering how wind turbines generate electricity,  exploring the watt demand of common appliances and pedaling an energy bike to power various types of light bulbs.

The program launched on October 18th, 2016 and will visit 6 schools, 17 classes and over 370 students in Monroe County by the end of November. Thank you to Harmony Environmental Science students for being  fantastic community leaders and teachers!

Interested in bringing the Roadshow to your classroom?

Our current program is full, but contact Jackie Duemler at MoCoEnergyChallenge@gmail.com to find out about future opportunities.

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Taryn Gilrein: Energy Leader

20161110_120907-2Taryn was nominated as an Energy Leader because of her dedication to helping her co-workers at IU Athletics conserve energy in the workplace.

 Energy Leader Achievements:

  • Taryn strives for her workplace to use less paper and become more environmentally conscious
  • She was instrumental in getting her department to shift toward keeping electronic medical records and also requested a shredder in the MD offices so they recycle more often.
  • She has been an ambassador for the workplace Green Team and is always reminding co-workers to recycle.

We are so proud to have such an inspiring woman in our community!

Know someone in the community who is making a huge difference? The Energy Leader award is presented to individuals that have shown significant achievements in energy efficiency and sustainability in Monroe County. Help us recognize these community all-stars by nominating an Energy Leader today!

Energy Leader Criteria:
To be considered for an Energy Leader award, individuals must display commitment to one or more of the following areas that have resulted in meaningful outcomes (on any scale):

– Improving home energy efficiency
– Sharing energy saving knowledge within the community
– Developing or utilizing innovative energy saving techniques
– Energy Ambassador certification or a member of a MCEC       committee dedicated to reducing energy consumption in Monroe   County.

Know an Energy Leader? Click here to make a nomination

CFC and Cook Medical Become MCEC Investing Partners

A huge thank you to CFC Properties and Cook Medical for becoming Investing Workplace Partners in addition to sponsoring the MCEC Solar, Wind &Watts Roadshow!IMG_20160615_120025cfccook_logo_cmyk Because of their generosity, in addition to helping students learn about renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power through engaging hands-on activities, each of the 350+ students we visit this month will receive a free LED light bulb to take home to help educate their families about energy efficiency and to help reduce utility bills at their homes.We are lucky to have such terrific community partners!

Want to Learn More about the Roadshow?

The Monroe County Energy Challenge and Harmony Environmental Science students are teaming up to teach local 2-4th grade students about renewable energy resources and energy conservation!bulb-solar-panel-and-eolic-fan_1134-129The program was designed by BHSS teacher Amanda Figolah and centers around upper-class high school students teaching younger students about the importance of conserving resources and saving energy.  Students learn about renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power through engaging hands-on activities and demonstrations.  We plan to visit all MCCSC schools, RBBCSC schools, and independent schools in the upcoming year!

20161025_141340-2Lessons are guided by representatives from the MCEC and Environmental Science students from Harmony School. We are using this unique approach to teaching because we know that youth can be catalysts for change in our community and the world. It is our belief that young people have the environmental education, imagination and motivation to make positive changes in our world, and this program will encourage them to lead at a young age.20161025_142935-2The program  design incorporates various ages of learners because conducting educational outreach provides older students with leadership experience, as well as can make the lessons more fun for the younger learners.  Activities include solar car races, discovering how wind turbines generate electricity, and exploring the watt demand of common appliances.

20161025_133841-2The program launched on October 18th, 2016 and will visit 6 schools, 17 classes and over 350 students in Monroe County by the end of November. Thank you to Harmony Environmental Science students for being  fantastic community leaders and teachers!

Interested in bringing the Roadshow to your classroom?

Our current program is full, but contact Jackie Duemler at MoCoEnergyChallenge@gmail.com to find out about future opportunities.

MCEC at IU Science Fest

IU Science Fest was a huge hit and the beautiful autumn day encouraged over 300 kids to pedal our energy bikes and learn about energy conservation!20161022_102730-2-1MCEC participated in the 6th annual IU Science Fest and was thrilled to be part of an event that engages kids in scientific fields via hands-on experiments and activities.  We gave out over 100 free LED light bulbs to Monroe County residents and had families take pledges to reduce their home energy consumption this fall.

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Bloomington Hardware Joins the WPP as an Advanced Partner

Thank you to Bloomington Hardware, which joined the MCEC Workplace Partner Program as an Advanced Partner.  We are thrilled to have such a terrific family business on board!
20161008_124612Bloomington Hardware has been a part of Bloomington since the 1880’s. It has been in the Temple family since 1928 and at the corner of Covenanter Drive and College Mall Road since 1985. 

Bloomington Hardware is an integral part of our community,helping to support many youth and local organizations over the years. In October, they  supported the MCEC with Project Porchlight, an initiative to distribute 1,000 free LED light bulbs in order to encourage local residents to implement energy-saving practices and technologies in their homes.20161008_124335-2They helped the initiative by supplying discounted LED bulbs and helping us host a special event that allowed community members to pedal energy bikes, participate in energy conservation activities and learn methods of saving energy in their own homes.

20161008_141142-2Bloomington Hardware has also taken several steps to improve their environmental stewardship since the beginning the the nation-wide Georgetown University Energy Prize competition two years ago. Most recently, they upgraded their outdoor sign to LED (in process in the above photo) and offered educational opportunities for employees to learn about improving home energy efficiency and helping connect them to free energy assessments.

Learn more about Bloomington Hardware at https://www.bloomingtonhardware.com/ or follow them on facebook.

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Monroe County businesses and non-profits can now easily become active participants in the Monroe County Energy Challenge by joining our Workplace Partners Program.

The Workplace Partners Program (WPP) is based on the idea that workplaces can be a catalyst for positive change in our community. Commercial and institutional meters aren’t included in the competition, so the focus of the WPP is on encouraging a shift in employee behaviors at home. Sign on to become an MCEC Workplace Partner, and we will provide you with materials and information you need help your employees and customers save energy in their homes, while also making them more mindful of their energy use at your business!  Click here to see our options for involvement.