MCEC Inducted into the Green Legacy Hall of Fame

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Join us tonight as the Monroe County Energy Challenge is inducted into the Bicentennial Green Legacy Hall of Fame for leading the way to a more sustainable future!

Sustainable Indiana 2016 will be honoring local leaders and organizations that have contributed to environmental sustainability and the creation of a green legacy in Indiana .The event will be held on September 20 at the IU Wittenberger Auditorium from 7-9pm. Hope to see you there!

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Other honorees from Bloomington include:
  • SIREN
  • Solar Systems of Indiana
  • Hoosier to Hoosier Community Sale
  • Bloomington Community Farmer’s Market
  • City of Bloomington Dept. of Sustainable Development
  • City of Bloomington Dept. of Planning and Transportation

..and many more! For a complete listing visit http://sustainableindiana2016.org/awards/

1,000 LEDs for Monroe County

projectporchlightlogotransWe are excited to announce our newest energy initiative, Project Porchlight! The program is based off a successful Canadian effort designed to engage local residents about energy saving opportunities in their home. For the program, MCEC will be partnering with local hardware stores including Bloomington Hardware, Black Lumber, and True Value to distribute 1,000 free LED bulbs in our community!
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One bulb may not seem like much, but switching from a 75 watt bulb that’s left on 24 hours each day to an LED equivalent 13.5 watt bulb on only 12 hours each day saves the home’s occupants $35 a year! This adds up when you begin making energy efficiency changes throughout your home, both inside and out.

We’re focusing on porch light because the light outside your door is often the harbinger indicating the overall efficiency of your home. Look around. Do you see outside lights on 24 hours a day where they’re not needed? Worse yet, are these lights old, inefficient incandescent bulbs? If a home is wasting energy on the front porch, it’s likely a similar story inside the house.

FREE LEDS! When, where?

We will be hosting a variety of energy fairs and events at local hardware stores and neighborhood parks to distribute the LEDs. Come visit any of the following events and get a free LED, sign up for free home energy assessments, pedal our energy bikes and have fun!

  • Saturday, October 1, 11-2pm: Rev Ernest D. Butler Park (in the Near West Side neighborhood)
  • Saturday, October 8, 11-2pm: Bloomington Hardware
  • Saturday, October 15, 10:30-1pm: Black Lumber
  • Sunday, October 16, 10:30-1pm: True Value (Ellettsville)

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We will also be doing door to door outreach so watch for us this month, and let us know where you find areas with perpetual outside lighting so we can help save energy!

Staying Warm this Winter

Thank you to the Monroe County Public Library, a MCEC Workplace Partner, for hosting ‘Staying Warm, Staying Green, and Saving Money’ this weekend!20160918_153335-2

In 2 hours we had over 80 Bloomington residents stop by to put their pedal power to the test on our Energy Bikes,  experiment with thermal cameras and watt meters, and learn the basics of weatherizing a house.20160918_145808-2

Special thanks to SCCAP, City of Bloomington Utilities, Clear Result, and SIREN for hosting booths and letting the community know about opportunities for federal weatherization programs, water and energy conservation, and solar array technology.

20160918_142807-2The MCEC team taught simple, low-cost weatherproofing techniques to keep homes warmer, reduce energy consumption, and save residents money. Techniques included:

  • Caulking
  • Insulating windows
  • Weatherstripping doors
  • Installing outlet gaskets

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Miss out this weekend? Don’t worry! Our next Energy Fair and Weatherization Station will be held on October 1st at the Rev. Ernest D. Butler Park in the Near West Side neighborhood in conjunction with our Project Porchlight initiative. Stay tuned for more info.

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Staying Warm, Staying Green Event this Weekend!

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The Monroe County Energy Challenge  and MCPL are partnering to host ‘Staying Warm, Staying Green, and Saving Money’ at the Monroe County Public Library  on Sept 18th from 2-4pm. The MCEC team will teach simple, low-cost weatherproofing techniques that can keep your house warmer, reduce your energy consumption, and save you money this winter. Techniques include:

  • Caulking
  • Insulating windows
  • Weatherstripping doors
  • Installing outlet gaskets

… and more!MCPL fair

We will also bring our  energy bikes, our new walk-through Energy Bus, and have and plenty of hands-on energy activities for kids! Don’t miss this awesome opportunity to learn how to keep warm this winter and get your kids involved in energy savings.

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CFC Joins the WPP as an Advanced Partner!

CFC Properties  joined the MCEC Workplace Partner Program as an Advanced Partner,  making them our 23 community partner! We are thrilled to have such a dedicated organization on board!

IMG_20160615_120025For more than 40 years, CFC Properties has been a leader in the historic restoration, promotion and revitalization of downtown Bloomington, Indiana.  They have 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 have upgraded all of their lighting to LED and offered educational opportunities for employees to learn about improving home energy efficiency and helping connect them to free energy assessments.

Learn more about CFC Properties at https://www.cfcproperties.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.

Marcia Veldman: Energy Leader

IMG_1008 (1)Marcia was nominated as an Energy Leader because of her continued dedication to improving her home energy efficiency while actively encouraging community members to live sustainably.

 Energy Leader Achievements:

  • She has switched to LED’s, added insulation, fixed leaks and installed low flow water faucets throughout her home. In 2009 she installed a solar thermal hot water heater, followed by a geothermal HVAC system in 2010.
  • In 2012 she installed solar panels at her home that provide 100% of her electricity, including charging her partial electric car.
  • In 2007 she helped form Earth Care, a Monroe County interfaith climate advocacy group, that then went on to form the state-wide group, Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light.
  • In 2009 she co-founded the local Green Drinks, where experts are invited to present a talk on current environmental issues each month.
  • In 2012 she helped apply for, and raise matching funds for the first Indiana Office of Energy Development grant to help power six Indiana congregations’ with solar panels. Tied to that grant was a pledge for at least 1/3 of their members to reduce their household energy use by 14% and to reduce the church building’s energy use by at least 25%. (Counting the energy from the solar panels the church has lowered their energy use by over 50%.)
  • In 2013 she co-founded a local chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL), and is currently the state outreach coordinator. By building constructive, working relationships with members of Congress, CCL seeks passage of a Carbon Fee and Dividend, a climate change solution that bridges the partisan divide.

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

IU Credit Union Joins the WPP!

The IU Credit Union joined the MCEC Workplace Partner Program, helping to boost our WPP community outreach to over 16,000 employees and clients! We are thrilled to have such a dedicated organization on board!

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The IU Credit Union is an active partner in the communities it serves and provides financial education and scholarships, supports community charitable organizations, and sponsors community events. Recently, the IU Credit Union co-sponsored the 2016 Be More Awards which celebrates local volunteers who are making a difference in the community! They also support Girls Inc, Big Brothers Big Sisters and sponsor many other local initiatives that help to build a stronger community in Monroe County and throughout Indiana.

Learn more about the IU Credit Union at https://spea.indiana.edu/ 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.

IU SPEA joins the WPP!

The IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) joined the MCEC Workplace Partner Program this summer, making them our 22 community partner! We are thrilled to have such a dedicated organization on board!

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SPEA has taken several steps to improve its environmental stewardship since the beginning the the nation-wide Georgetown University Energy Prize competition two years ago. SPEA has purchased renewable energy credits to offset the building’s carbon footprint. They also installed a variety of energy and water saving devices including water fountains that allow students and staff to refill water bottles rather than buy plastic bottles. They also have a new building under construction and are striving for a minimum of Gold LEED certification. SPEA already has a large bike rack in place to encourage cycling to class and has many more projects in the works.

SPEA also is dedicated to preparing the next generation of environmental leaders with programs in environmental science, sustainability, and environmental management. Their graduates work at the EPA, state and local environmental agencies, and at private sector companies committed to sustainability.

Learn more about IU SPEA at https://spea.indiana.edu/ 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.

Staying Warm, Staying Green, and Saving Money

The Monroe County Energy Challenge  and MCPL are partnering to  host ‘Staying Warm, Staying Green, and Saving Money’ at the Monroe County Public Library  on Sept 18 from 2-4pm. The MCEC team will teach simple, low-cost weatherproofing techniques that can keep your house warmer, reduce your energy consumption, and save you money this winter.

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We will also bring our adult and kiddy energy bikes, our new walk-through Energy Bus, and have and plenty of hands-on energy activities for kids! Don’t miss this awesome opportunity to learn how to keep warm this winter and get your kids involved in energy savings.

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8/31 Proclaimed NCCC Americorps Team Oak 7 Day!

Mayor John Hamilton has proclaimed August 31, 2016 as NCCC Americorps Team Oak 7 Day in Bloomington! This amazing team has helped air seal and insulate 22 Monroe County homes in the past 6 weeks, saving participants an estimated combined $84K over the next 10 years. For complete energy and GHG savings, see the proclamation below. Thank them by doing something today to reduce your energy use!

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The official proclamation!

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Alex Crowley, Director of Economic and Sustainable Development for the city of Bloomington reads the declaration and list of accomplishments to a surprised NCCC team!

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Thank you NCCC Oak 7 for all of your hard work this summer! We were so thrilled to have you as part of our community!