Caryn Hojnicki: Energy Leader

wp_20160322_11_05_43_pro (1)Congratulations to Caryn Hojnicki for becoming an MCEC’s  Energy Leader!

Caryn was nominated as an Energy Leader because of her dedication to reducing  home energy use and helping to get student athletes involved in the Challenge!

Energy Leader Achievements:

  • Improved her home energy efficiency through a MCEC energy assessment
  • Helped to make IU Athletics a MCEC Workplace Partner
  • Installed a Nest thermostat
  • Insulated hot water pipes in the basement and installed insulation in the outlets of outer walls
  • Has been diligent about turning off the lights and reminding her children to do the same!

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

Monroe County Soil and Water Conservation District joins the wpp

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Thank you to Monroe County Soil and Water Conservation District which joined the Workplace Partner Program in mid-March!

MCSWCD is dedicated to providing information about soil, water and related natural resources conservation. They identify and prioritize local soil and water resource concerns, and connect land users to sources of education, technical and financial assistance to implement conservation practices and technologies.

We are happy 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.

Molly O’Donnell: Energy Leader

MollyO Energy LeaderCongratulations to Molly O’Donnell for becoming one of MCEC’s first Energy Leaders!

Molly was nominated as an Energy Leader because of her years of dedication to helping community members conserve energy.

Energy Leader Achievements:

  • Performed free home energy assessments and helped train new Energy Ambassadors
  • Hosted a weatherization workshop at The Project School in March
  • As part of Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light, Molly has taught numerous “Using Energy Prudently” workshops in congregations from South Bend to Evansville
  • Active member of the Monroe County Energy Challenge Residential Programs team

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

Annual Explore Energy Fair on June 25th!

12651078_1740774842824508_3660355495983306954_nThe Monroe County Energy Challenge will be hosting its annual Energy Fair on June 25th from 9:30am-12:30pm outside of City Hall.  The event will feature fun, hands-on energy related activities for all ages!

As part of the event, Sustainable Indiana 2016 will be awarding the City of Bloomington with a Green Legacy Community award. The award is part of the Bicentennial and is a significant achievement for the city!

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The Chile Woman Joins the WPP

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Thank you to The Chile Woman, Susan Welsand, who joined the Workplace Partner Program this week!

The Chile Woman has been in business in Bloomington, IN for 24 years and is a winner of the Green America’s People & Planet Award! Susan is dedicated to collecting, preserving and growing chile pepper varieties from all over the world and has utilized natural, sustainable chemical free methods for 21 years.  She uses local suppliers and recycles everything she can reuse. She will be spreading the word about the Challenge from her booth at the Farmer’s Market this spring and summer!

We are happy to have a partner who has been dedicated to promoting local sustainability for over 2 decades as part of the MCEC!

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.

ICEY Receives First Energy Leader Award

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Congratulations to ICEY (Interfaith Community of Environmentalist Youth) for becoming one of MCEC’s first Energy Leaders!

ICEY is group of about a dozen high school students whose members are from diverse religious traditions. They are dedicated to reducing humanity’s negative impact on the climate through education and action in our community and beyond.

Energy Leader Achievements:

  • Taught and performed weatherization for dozens of local homes
  • Reached out to youth across Indiana to teach them weatherization skills that they then applied to homes
  • In the spring of 2015 they were the only high school group to attend the Lobby Weekend run by the Friends Committee of National Legislation in Washington DC

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

IU Athletics joins WPP as an Advanced Partner

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Kristine Fowler, Associate Athletic Director for Compliance and Caryn Hojnicki, Sustainability Coordinator  accept the WPP certificate on March 18

Thank you to IU Athletics, which joined the Workplace Partner Program in early March!

IU Athletics is dedicated to promoting sustainability on and off campus. Their Greening Cream and Crimson initiative strives to improve the sustainable systems within the Athletic Department and create a long-term strategic sustainability plan that emphasizes their vision of being the Greenest Athletics Department within the Big Ten.  During the 2015-2016 season, they piloted a composting program and set up Zero Waste Stations throughout the concourse in Memorial Stadium with Zero Waste Educators there to assist fans in disposing of their waste properly. The pilot was a success and the program will be continued in the 2016-2017 season!

We are happy 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.

Vectren Joins WPP as Investing Partner!

wp_20160315_13_10_21_proThank you to Vectren Bloomington, our newest investing Workplace Partner!

Vectren has been a dedicated supporter of the Energy Challenge since early 2015 and has helped MCEC find innovative ways to save Monroe County residents energy and money!  Vectren serves more than one million natural gas customers in Indiana and west-central Ohio and is committed to helping customers by providing tools and resources to manage energy usage.

We are happy 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!  to see our options for involvement.

Energy Leader Nomination Open!

CITYOFB_MoCoEnergyChampionYardSign-2Know 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

South Central Community Action Program joins the WPP as an Investing Partner

wp_20160310_14_26_34_pro (1)Thank you to South Central Community Action Program (SCCAP), our newest Workplace Partner!

SCCAP is a nonprofit organization based in Bloomington that has served low-income people for 50 years. Their mission is to provide opportunities for low-income citizens to move toward personal and economic independence and serves more than 4,000 families annually, representing more than 9,000 individuals.

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.