365 Days of Energy Savings

As the nation-wide competition for $5M draws to a close and we transition into 2017,  let’s take a moment to reflect on 365 days of energy savings, community leadership, and creating a more sustainable and resilient environment!

Our achievements in 2016 include:

  • Provided over 250 free Energy Assessments to homes in Monroe County
  • Distributed 1,500 free LED light bulbs to encourage energy-saving practices and technologies through Project Porchlight. Partnership with Duke Energy helped distribute an additional 33,000 bulbs. The direct impact of the program is an annual savings of up to $230,000.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Hosted or participated in over 200 community events since 2015, including energy fairs, parades, weatherization demonstrations, presentations to the community, and more!
  • Provided free Energy Assessments for 16 Child Care Centers, helping to improve our children’s environment and reduce utility costs for local small businesses

  • 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

The support we received from you was absolutely invaluable. No matter which city wins the competition, our results don’t lie. The work you helped us accomplish and the difference that we made in our community and environment have helped make Monroe County more sustainable.

We will be continuing the Energy Challenge in 2017 and are looking for support to make an even bigger impact! Any donations you provide by January 21, 2017 could be matched 1:1 through a Partners for Places Equity grant. Your support, and this additional funding, will let us continue to grow the great programs we’ve started over the last two years. Contact us at mocoenergychallenge@gmail.com or (812)349-3558 if you are interested in sponsoring or co-sponsoring a specific program.

Thank you so much for your continued support, and we look forward to working with you in 2017!

Harmony Environmental Science Students become Energy Leaders

The students in Harmony’s Environmental Science class have been nominated as Energy Leaders because of their dedication to helping younger students learn about renewable energy resources and energy conservation.

 Energy Leader Achievements:

  • These 14 incredible students helped teach over 370 local students about renewable energy resources such as solar and wind power through engaging in hands-on activities through the MCEC Solar, Wind & Watts Roadshow
  • They visited 17 classrooms across 6 schools and gave out over 350 LED lights to young students to help them educate their families about energy efficiency and to help reduce utility bills at home.
  • They have shown themselves to be leaders, teachers, and catalysts for positive change in our community.

We are so proud to have such  inspiring youth 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

Sarah Swartz: Energy Leader

Sarah was nominated as an Energy Leader because of her dedication to helping her students become community leaders in energy.

 Energy Leader Achievements:

  • Her environmental science class at Harmony school helped teach over 370 local students about renewable energy through the MCEC Solar, Wind & Watts Roadshow!
  • She inspired her students to become community leaders and teachers in energy conservation
  • She helped train her students to give presentations on solar and wind energy to 2-4th graders, as well as to teach engaging activities on energy conservation.
  • This year her students have used less paper in the classroom and have become more environmentally conscious

We are so proud to have such an inspiring teacher 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

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. imagesInspired by Dr. King and the struggle for civil rights, an environmental jutice movement is gathering strength to protect the planet and all life on it. Nine local groups dedicated to building a stronger world through sustianability, equity and community are partnering to bring you this incredible MLK day event. Each group will speak briefly about their strategies to combat climate change, with groups representing local, state, and national level activities.

This is a free event but tickets or e-reservations are required. Please visit http://choosejan15.wordpress.com/ for a ticket.

Participating groups:

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