Cliff Burk: Energy Leader

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Pictured: Cliff and Bonnie Burk and their 37 panel solar array

Cliff was nominated as an Energy Leader because because his long term dedication to improving his home energy efficiency, sharing solar knowledge, and actively helping community members to reduce their energy usage.

 Energy Leader Achievements:

  • Cliff was one of the first solar owners in his neighborhood and has added PV capacity with phase 2.
  • He has presented Going Solar programs to churches and civic groups.
  • He is a renewable energy advisor to SIREN
  • His home is very energy efficient with geothermal and LED lights
  • He is an advocate for state and local policies encouraging solar energy

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

Amanda Figolah: Energy Leader

Congratulations to Amanda Figolah for becoming an MCEC  Energy Leader!

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Amanda was nominated as an Energy Leader because she inspires local youth to be energy conscious, active citizens. She is a teacher at Bloomington High School South.

 Energy Leader Achievements:

  • Amanda’s Environmental Science classes have taken on ambitious projects to reduce energy use and improve the environment. This spring they developed a school toolkit for Lights Out, an Energy Challenge initiative in the school.
  • In the winter trimester, her students laid the groundwork for a sustainability plan for BHSS.
  • She helps students write and receive substantial grants as part of their capstone class projects; one student won a grant for a “green bathroom” at South.
  • The class as a whole won funding for a permaculture planting on MCCSC property.
  • Amanda also co-wrote a grant for a teacher training workshop on education that brought in ~$29,000 in grant money and a very extensive energy tool lending library.

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

New Model Solar Neighborhood project!

The Monroe County Energy Challenge recently partnered with SIREN (Solar Indiana Renewable Energy Network) and ICEY (Interfaith Community of Environmentalist Youth) to create a model solar neighborhood for the city and state!

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Darrell and Kathleen Boggess outside their solar powered home in Bloomington

The Elm Heights/Bryan Park area was chosen because of the high concentration of solar panels that already exist there, but we hope to expand this project to other neighborhoods in the future.

SIREN will hold a forum to inform Elm Heights/Bryan Park residents about the process of going solar and what the bulk deal will look like. The forum is targeted at home owners in this area, but others are also welcome. The forum will be held on June 26th at 918 E. University St. The event will start at 6pm and refreshments will be provided.  RSVP to at sirensolar.org/rsvp/ or send an email to contact@sirensolar.org

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We are so excited to be a part of this momentous project!

ICEY is a group of environmentally conscious middle and high schoolers who see climate change as one of the greatest problems our generation will have to deal with, and strive to do everything in our power to prevent it. 

SIREN has been a leading educator and promoter of renewable energy and energy conservation in Indiana. Independent, non-partisan, and volunteer-run, SIREN focuses on promoting solar power for homes and other buildings. 

Libby Gwynn and Lee Mysliwiec: Energy Leaders

Libby and Lee were nominated as Energy Leaders because of their energy efficiency improvements and dedication to energy conservation.

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Energy Leader Achievements:

  • A home energy audit found only a few air leaks.
  • Their crawl space has been sealed, they have double paned windows and a tankless water heater.
  • A whole house fan helps cool in the summer when air conditioning is seldom used.
  • Their furnace is energy efficient and solar panels have produced all of their electricity for many years with Duke net metering.
  • They also have a garden which produces hundreds of pounds of organic vegetables and countless flowers each year. Five rain barrels can be found on their property which reduce the strain on municipal water supplies while lowering their water bill.
  • They bike and walk as much as possible, keeping significant CO2 out of the atmosphere

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

MCEC Explore Energy Fair!

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The Monroe County Energy Challenge will be hosting its second annual Explore Energy Fair at Bloomington’s City Hall during the farmer’s market on Saturday, June 25th! The fair will include tons of family friendly events, including:

– Electric Bicycle Races, where you can compete against yourself and your friends to see how much energy you can create using pedal-power.

– Kill-a-Watt Table, where you can guess how much energy various appliances use and how much they cost you! You’ll be surprised by what you’ll find.

– Photo Booth with props and our EnergyMobile!

– Human Powered Booth. Have you gotten in the habit on relying on electric appliance to perform the simplest of tasks? See how easy and satisfying it is to perform tasks without expensive, unnecessary appliances.

– Water Wheel game where you can quiz yourself and learn all about your local water supply.
…and much more!12651078_1740774842824508_3660355495983306954_nStop by any of our booths, and you’ll be entered to win one of many prizes! We can’t wait to see you there!

Chris Clark & Bridie Mac: Energy Leaders

20160601_141111-2Chris and Bridie are business partners who were nominated as an Energy Leaders because of their energy efficiency improvements and dedication to energy conservation.

Energy Leader Achievements:

  • They are remodeling a home with the intention of using it as a realtor’s office.
  • Installed 100% LED lighting
  • Installed a low flow toilet (0.8 gpf) and smaller, more energy efficient appliances in the kitchen
  • The home is very well insulated, keeping them warm in the winter and cool in the summer
  • They also have a garden which produces most of the vegetables they need, helping our community become more sustainable

We are so proud to have such  inspiring people 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