MCEC participants recognized at Early Childhood Excellence Awards

MCEC partnered with Monroe Smart Start  to provide free energy assessments to home-based childcare facilities in Monroe County. Participating home providers received LED light bulbs, faucet aerators, outlet insulators, and weatherization to help them to reduce home energy use and save money on utility costs.13217380_10153457594497484_5670852994946729820_oPhoto credit: Monroe County Community Foundation

By pairing improved environmental quality with improved childcare, local children and their families are healthier, safer and more likely to prosper in the future.13227734_10153457594597484_1365709603980240555_oRobyn and Noel representing Kid Angles Early Education School: Monkey House and Kid Angles Early Education School: Butterfly Bungalow

Providers that completed energy assessments and made energy efficiency improvements were recognized at this year’s 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 3rd annual Early Childhood Excellence Awards were held on Thursday, April 14 at WTIU. Read more and see the complete list of 2016 honorees: http://bit.ly/1VMyGnN

Light’s Out Campaign at Local Schools

5 Monroe County Community School Corporation (MCCSC) and a charter school participated in an MCEC energy saving campaign to reduce electricity use in schools by turning off the lights. The ‘Light’s Out’ campaign was piloted in April 2015 and rolled out district-wide in October 2015.

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Some schools consume almost 50% of their electricity through lighting. MCCSC students and teachers are working to reduce consumption and cost by turning off classroom lights and relying on natural light whenever possible!

The graph below (created by AP Environmental Student Cecilia Brisuda using electricity consumption data captured by the BHSS pulse initiator) compares energy use at timed intervals on Mondays for both for the control weeks in September (blue line) and the challenge period in October (orange line). The changes are measured in kilowatt hours; for perspective, the school uses an average 2,845.3 kWh per day annually (the gray baseline).

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The data analysis for BHSS and other participating MCCSC schools is still a work in process so we can’t yet provide totals on energy savings. Pulse initiator data is not available for all the schools so reconstructing differences in usage takes some guesswork and a huge amount of manual work. However, BHSS saw monthly electricity use drop from 85,306 kWh in September to 82,828 in October. Historically use is roughly equal in these two months. Preliminary analysis shows a statistically significant difference that can only be attributed to the Lights Out challenge.

Data analysis for the challenge is integrated with a bigger project: building a prototype for energy consumption dashboards that will ultimately be displayed in the majority of MCCSC schools.

Kathy Ruesink: Energy Leader

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Kathy was nominated as an Energy Leader because of her dedication to energy reduction and her efforts to get solar panels for her church this spring.

Energy Leader Achievements:

  • During a home energy assessment she discovered that her attic required additional insulation and hired Advance Energy Solutions (AES) to install insulation and seal the attic.
  • AES is the only contractor in Monroe County who can apply for both Duke and Vectren rebates for attic insulation ($700 combined rebate). AES also offers a 10% discount in support of MCEC
  • When Kathy recently had to re-side her house she used the opportunity to install insulation in the walls, in an uninsulated space at the top of the lower level walls and in the crawl space, further reducing her use of fossil fuels to heat and cool her home.
  • At her church, she is part of a committee working toward adding solar panels to their church building this spring.

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

Dance, Sing and Support the MCEC!

This time around, Jenn Cristy Band, Jesse Lacy, & JOA combine forces to benefit MoCo Energy Challenge and fellow songwriters. Come out to support the best combo in Bloomington: local artists and the Monroe County Energy Challenge.  15% of proceeds will be donated to MoCo Energy Challenge to help us compete with 49 other communities for $5 million! YOU save energy, we all win.10580654_1036842746379561_3590047640200172384_o

DETAILS:
6:00pm | Jimmy Goddard – Soul, Folk, Rock, R&B – More Info:https://soundcloud.com/jimmyonanything

6:30pm | Music industry blogger, playlist curator, and DIY musician, Jesse Lacy, is known for his amiable disposition, catchy songwriting, intimate performances, and support of fellow artists. He experiments with his history in classical, jazz, and pop music when composing solo and for his contemporary singer-songwriter band. He has been awarded with a 2016 Folk Alliance International Conference Scholarship and is working on his second release. Learn more: http://jesselacy.com/

7:50pm | Jenn Cristy Band
— Now on her fifth solo album, Jenn began her career with John Mellencamp, meeting the Hoosier rocker in Bloomington, Indiana, where she was in the midst of an all-American swimming career at Indiana University. During her stint with Mellencamp’s band she proved her versatility, playing flute, piano, percussion, organ, and violin in addition to singing. When she embarked on her solo career in 2003, she wanted to create a sound that both honored all of her varied influences – from Ben Folds to Pink and Bruce Hornsby to Queen – while creating something decidedly original. More Info: http://www.jenncristy.com/

9:00pm | Event Ends

RSVP & SHARE w/ Friends: https://goo.gl/sQMy9t

#GIVINGBACK TO THE COMMUNITY
– Free CD For Everyone
-15% of everyone’s cover will be donated to MoCo Energy Challenge Competing with 49 other communities for $5 million! YOU save energy, we all win.
-We will be collecting BOXTOPS and I’ll personally be taking them to local schools.

Madi Hirschland: Energy Leader

Congratulations to Madi Hirschland for becoming an MCEC  Energy Leader!

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Madi was nominated as an Energy Leader because she inspires the community and local youth to be energy conscious, active citizens.

 Energy Leader Achievements:

  • Installed solar panels, which have reduced both electricity and natural gas energy use in her home
  • Helped found the local and statewide interfaith groups Earth Care and Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light, for which she wrote several grants that helped fund solar panels for two dozen Indiana congregations
  • She mentored her daughter and other young adults to take action in our community and beyond. They formed the group ICEY (Interfaith Community of Environmentalist Youth), which has been recognized as an Energy Leader in its own right

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

Free Refrigerator Recycling Event May 22

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This month for the Monroe County Energy Challenge our focus is on energy vampire refrigerators! In most homes, refrigerators are the second largest user of electricity, right after air conditioning. This multiplies if you have more than one fridge in your home. On May 22nd, the MCEC is offering free refrigerator pickup and recycling, so now is the time to retire that spare fridge that hardly gets any use! To qualify for free pick-up, the fridge must be running and easily accessible. E-mail MoCoEnergyChallenge@gmail.com to sign up. Take advantage of this great opportunity or pass it along to someone you know who has a nearly empty fridge in their garage just sucking energy!
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Don’t have an extra fridge? What’s lurking under your refrigerator? Wads of gunk on your fridge coils decrease the heat transfer efficiency, which increases your electricity bills! Clean your refrigerator coils to help make the heat transfer process more efficient, and to reduce your electricity bills! 

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Take a photo of the gunk you remove from your fridge coils and we will transform it into your very own dust buddy!

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For more energy savings tips and to check out more dust buddies, check out our social media pages!

Monroe County Public Library Joins the WPP as an Advanced Member!

Thank you to the Monroe County Public Library  which joined the Workplace Partner Program in April!

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The MCPL staff Wellness committee is implementing the WPP and is comprised of three work groups including Physical, Social & Emotional, and Environmental Wellness.  In October of 2015, members of the Library’s Wellness Committee attended the 2015 Indiana Wellness Summit, where they heard a presentation underscoring the deep connection between human health and planetary health. Brenda Seibel, their environment group leader, was inspired by this fresh perspective.  She realized the power of small steps, and the connection between wellness efforts and its positive impact on our own piece of the planet.

Soon after, MCPL joined the Monroe County Energy Challenge. They connected with the District and conducted a “walk-thru” to assess easy changes that they could make to reduce energy use and increase recycling.  As a result , they are changing  many light switches to motion-activated lights in storage rooms and other less frequented areas. They are labeling staff recycling bins and trash containers as Aluminum, Paper, and Landfill – because that is where most of their trash previously ended-up.  The Wellness team communicates weekly with their staff and shares weekly energy challenge Green Tips, and the Task of the Month, which can be found at www.MoCoEngergyChallenge.org

Members of the District also provided a free session entitled “The Power of One: Making a Difference in Earth Care at Home and at Work”. Attendees were surprised and encouraged at the many ways each of us can make small decisions into actions which combine to improve our health and well-being – as well as the health of our environment – right here at home.

 We are thrilled to have such a dedicated community partner on board!

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.

Darrell Boggess: Energy Leader

Congratulations to Darrell and Kathleen Boggess for becoming MCEC  Energy Leaders!

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Darrell was nominated as an Energy Leader because of his dedication to helping community members conserve energy for the past 3 decades.

Energy Leader Achievements:

  • Installed a solar air heater for his house in the mid-80s, his first step to drastically reducing his home energy usage
  • Installed solar panels in 2011 and has been producing surplus electricity since March 2012!
  • Upgraded to an energy efficient refrigerator, removed 2nd rarely used refrigerator, and switched from a full size upright freezer to a chest freezer to save energy
  • Contributor to the Solar Indiana Renewable Energy Network (SIREN) and a popular presenter of SIREN’s Going Solar program. See sirensolar.org for more information
  • Helped many homeowners, his own church and many other congregations in Bloomington and statewide to make energy efficiency improvements and go solar.
  • Advocated to preserve net metering, which gives utility customers the right to fair compensation when they send excess power they generate from wind and sun to the electrical grid.

We are so proud to have such an inspiring couple 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

Ivy Tech Joins the WPP as an Advanced Member

Thank you to Ivy Tech which joined the Workplace Partner Program on April 13th!

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Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington  is a community cornerstone and is dedicated to increasing  energy efficiency on campus!  They are currently involved in many sustainability initiatives including replacing lights in the building with LED bulbs and complete LED lighting in the newly added wing. There is a proposed project  to install CO2 sensors in the large building air handlers which will save energy on heating, cooling and ventilation. Ivy Tech has also recently entered a contract for combined recycling pick up and is working on installing solar panels at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center.

In addition to these great initiatives, Ivy Tech is continuing to adapt the AC control system toward less energy use and the statewide Corporate Office has formed an ad hoc committee to assess utility usage at all the regions. They have met with several outside specialists to determine what can be done to reduce overall Ivy Tech utility usage.

We are thrilled to have such a dedicated community partner on board!

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.

Earth Week at IU Athletics

MCEC and IU Athletics Green Team are partnering up during Earth Week 2016 ‬to educate student athletes about energy use. Athletes pedaled the Energy Bike to light incandescent, CFL and LED bulbs, a fan and other everyday items to see how much energy each takes!

Goooo Hoosiers!!!

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As part of Earth Week, IU Athletics is also offering  interactive activities on stadium recycling and composting,  blind tasting of tap vs. bottled water, sports sustainability trivia, tips on eating sustainably and much more! We are proud to have such a  dedicated MCEC Workplace Partner!

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