MCEC has undergone some big transitions in recent months. We were sad to see the departure of two MCEC icons, Jackie Duemler and Jacqui Bauer, but we wish them all the luck in their new endeavors and are delighted to welcome new faces to the MCEC team!
Joining us as an Indiana University Cox Scholar intern, freshman Ellen Bergan has taken on the role of Energy Outreach Coordinator. Focusing mostly on outreach events and program implementation as well as administrative duties, Ellen will be with us for the next four years as she completes her undergraduate degree.
Another new face is IU junior Eyob Moges, who is volunteering as the Workplace Partners Program Coordinator. He hopes to expand the program with a focus on energy efficiency in restaurants and rental housing.
Also joining us is Basim Alessa, who will be working on data analysis softwares in order to conduct more in-depth energy audits in local residential and commercial spaces.
Alongside this new set of faces is an updated set of goals. Living up to our name as a Monroe County initiative, MCEC hopes to expand our educational energy outreach beyond the area of central Bloomington, targeting areas such as Ellettsville, Stinesville, Harrodsburg, and Smithville Sanders. Additionally, we are looking forward to continuing our Solar, Wind, and Watts Program with area schools, as well as working with local businesses and rental properties to create more sustainable, energy efficient spaces.
We are looking for passionate, motivated individuals to help us coordinate our most successful community programs! We have 4 leadership opportunities available for a variety of projects that span the business sector, youth education, residential energy use, and community outreach.To learn more about these positions, please see the job descriptions below and send an email indicating interest to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The MCEC has just converted a SCCAP Head Start bus into a Mobile Energy Lab! Over the past 4 weeks, an AmeriCorps team and several volunteers spent time painting it, designing, and building interactive activities which will help our community better understand renewable energy generation and energy efficiency!The EnergyBus, funded through an Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority Innovative Grant, visited the Bloomington Neighborhood Fair this Saturday at the Farmer’s market to help local residents receive hands-on education in renewable energy and home energy conservationActivities include a solar model car racetrack, a working wind turbine, watt meters that allow participants to better understand how they use energy in their own lives, solar panel exhibits and more! To bring the bus to your neighborhood, park, or upcoming event, please email MoCoEnergyChallenge@gmail.com or call Jackie Duemler at (812)349-3558.
Upcoming Community Events Featuring the EnergyBus include:
June 10: MCPL Recycling and Sustainability Fair, 1-5pm
June 11-Near West Side Neighborhood Block Party, 12-2pm
July 3- Arden Place Neighborhood 4th of July Parade
July 4- Bloomington 4th of July Parade
The EnergyBus is a collaborative project of SCCAP and the Monroe County Energy Challenge. Learn more about the program and grant here.
MCEC honorees awarded at the 2017 Monroe Smart Start Early Childhood Excellence Awards. Photo credit: Monroe County Community Foundation
The Monroe County Energy Challenge partners with Monroe Smart Start to help local, home-based childcare centers improve energy efficiency, reduce energy costs, and their impact on the environment! Beginning in February 2016, participating home providers received free weatherization, LED light bulbs, faucet aerators to and more to help them to reduce home energy and water use and save money on utility costs.
By pairing improved environmental quality with improved childcare, local children and their families are healthier, safer and more likely to prosper in the future.MCEC honorees awarded at the 2016 Monroe Smart Start Early Childhood Excellence Awards. Photo credit: Monroe County Community Foundation
Providers that completed energy assessments and made energy efficiency improvements were recognized at the Early Childhood Excellence Awards:
Marcella Ettinger, Director, Rise and Shine Child Care
Jenny Dittfach, Owner, Jenny’s Place
Noel Hanson, Owner, Kid Angles Early Education School: Monkey House, Kid Angles Early Education School: Butterfly Bungalow
Linda Jackson, Owner, Jack and Jill Daycare
Marianna Edmonds-Hogue, Owner, Cookie Club Daycare
Jackie Perez, Owner, Little Peeps
The Kabbage Patch Kids
Nana’s Playhouse Daycare
Bloomington Language Child Care
NEST at New Hope
Building Blocks #1
Building Blocks #2
Building Blocks #3
Love & Learn
Read more and see the complete list of 2016 honorees: http://bit.ly/1VMyGnN. More information about the 2017 honorees will be posted soon!
This spring, the Monroe County Energy Challenge provided free or low cost attic insulation and air sealing thanks to a generous grant from Vectren Energy and NCCC AmeriCorps volunteers! The program prioritized low income families in Monroe County. In just 7 weeks of the program, our NCCC Americorps team insulated 20 local homes, reducing participants utility bills by a combined $65,000 over the next 10 years. The program has also helped reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 71,500 lbs/year!In additional to their phenomenal contribution to the AIP program, the NCCC team also helped teach the MCEC Solar, Wind and Watts Roadshow in 30 classrooms and 690 students. This unique program teaches 2nd-5th grade students about energy conservation and renewable energy resources through engaging hands-on activities. In honor of all their hard work in our community, Mayor John Hamilton proclaimed April 26, 2017 NCCC AmeriCorps Team Maple 1 day!
THANK YOU Team Maple 1!
NCCC AmeriCorps Team celebrating Maple 1 day on April 26, 2017, a day proclaimed in their honor in Bloomington
We will also be welcoming a new NCCC AmeriCorps team this week that will be helping the MCEC conduct FREE Home Energy Assessments. The assessments will offer individualized recommendations on ways to reduce energy use and save money in your home and supply basic weatherization as needed.
BHSS students teach students at Grandview about renewable energy sources through solar car races.Harmony students teach students at Marlin Elementary about energy conservation by pedaling the Energy BikeThe program launched on October 18th, 2016 and has visited 12 schools, 70 classes and over 1,400 students in Monroe County since then. Thank you to our local high school 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.
This spring, the Monroe County Energy Challenge is providing free or low cost attic insulation and air sealing thanks to a generous grant from Vectren Energy! The program prioritizes low income families in Monroe County. In the first 3 weeks of the program our NCCC Americorps team insulated 8 Monroe County homes, reducing participants utility bills by a combined $43,186 over the next 10 years. The program has also helped reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 42,856 lbs/year!
In additional to their phenomenal contribution to the Challenge, the NCCC team has also taught over 70 local 2nd grade students about energy conservation and renewable energy resources through the MCEC Solar, Wind and Watts Roadshow.If you are interested in having your home insulated, please call (812) 349-3558 or e-mail MoCoEnergyChallenge@gmail.comto schedule an initial assessment. MCEC will insulate a limited number of homes and we recommend calling to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. This can save you up to $600/year on utility bills and up to $1,400 in contractor fees. This is a great opportunity to save moneyand make your home more comfortable at the same time!MCEC has partnered with AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) in order to provide this opportunity to residents in Monroe County. NCCC strengthens communities and develops leaders through direct, team-based national and community service.
Nine dedicated AP Environmental Science students from Edgewood High School are working with the younger students and are striving to reach over 500 students in RBBCSC.
The 2017 Roadshow kicked-off at Stinesville Elementary School with students grades 3-5 learning about energy conservation and renewable energy resources and continued on to Ellettsville Elementary last week.A student is amazed by the amount of energy a hairdryer uses, ~ 1,400W Students learn how wind turbines generate electricity
A student pedals hard to light up LED and incandescent light bulbs, look how bright the LEDs are!
The 2017 Solar, Wind & Watts Roadshow teaches young students about renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind power, through engaging hands-on activities and demonstrations.
We are also looking forward to teaming up with Harmony School and Bloomington High School South Environmental Science students to continue the program in MCCSC.
Utility bills high? You may need additional attic insulation and sealing. This is one of the most significant things you can do to decrease your energy costs. Contact us to see if you qualify for our free spring Attic Insulation Program.
With help from NCCC, we will be providing free or low cost attic insulation and air sealing in March and April. Space is limited and priority will be given to low-income households. This can save residents up to $600/year on utility bills and up to $1,400 in contractor fees. This is a great opportunity to save money and make your home more comfortable at the same time!
Last year NCCC Team Oak 7 helped air seal and insulate 22 Monroe County homes, saving participants an estimated combined $84K over 10 years and 46,000lbs/CO2/year. Mayor John Hamilton even proclaimed August 31, 2016 as NCCC Americorps Team Oak 7 Day in Bloomington because of their positive impact on our community.
If you are interested in participating, please call (812) 349-3558 or e-mail MoCoEnergyChallenge@gmail.com to schedule an initial assessment. MCEC will insulate a limited number of homes and we recommend calling to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
Thank you to Black Lumber, which joined the MCEC Workplace Partner Program as an Advanced Partner in October 2016. We are thrilled to have such a terrific local business on board! Black Lumber has been a part of the Bloomington community since 1928 and has continued the company’s tradition of being a family operated business and a strong community supporter. 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. They helped the initiative by supplying over 750 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.Learn more about Black Lumber at https://www.bloomingtonhardware.com/
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.