MCEC at IU Science Fest

IU Science Fest was a huge hit and the beautiful autumn day encouraged over 300 kids to pedal our energy bikes and learn about energy conservation!20161022_102730-2-1MCEC participated in the 6th annual IU Science Fest and was thrilled to be part of an event that engages kids in scientific fields via hands-on experiments and activities.  We gave out over 100 free LED light bulbs to Monroe County residents and had families take pledges to reduce their home energy consumption this fall.

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Bloomington Hardware Joins the WPP as an Advanced Partner

Thank you to Bloomington Hardware, which joined the MCEC Workplace Partner Program as an Advanced Partner.  We are thrilled to have such a terrific family business on board!
20161008_124612Bloomington Hardware has been a part of Bloomington since the 1880’s. It has been in the Temple family since 1928 and at the corner of Covenanter Drive and College Mall Road since 1985. 

Bloomington Hardware is an integral part of our community,helping to support many youth and local organizations over the years. 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.20161008_124335-2They helped the initiative by supplying 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.

20161008_141142-2Bloomington Hardware has also taken several steps to improve their environmental stewardship since the beginning the the nation-wide Georgetown University Energy Prize competition two years ago. Most recently, they upgraded their outdoor sign to LED (in process in the above photo) and offered educational opportunities for employees to learn about improving home energy efficiency and helping connect them to free energy assessments.

Learn more about Bloomington Hardware at https://www.bloomingtonhardware.com/ or follow them on facebook.

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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.

SOLAR, WIND & WATTS ROADSHOW

The Monroe County Energy Challenge and Harmony Environmental Science students are teaming up to teach local 2-4th grade students about renewable energy resources and energy conservation!bulb-solar-panel-and-eolic-fan_1134-129

The program was designed by BHSS teacher Amanda Figolah and centers around upper-class high school students teaching younger students about the importance of conserving resources and saving energy.  Students learn about renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power through engaging hands-on activities and demonstrations.  We plan to visit all MCCSC schools, RBBCSC schools, and independent schools in the upcoming year!

20161025_141340-2Lessons are guided 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. It is our belief that young people have the environmental education, imagination and motivation to make positive changes in our world, and this program will encourage them to lead at a young age.20161025_142935-2The 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.  
Activities include solar car races, discovering how wind turbines generate electricity, and exploring the watt demand of common appliances.

20161025_133841-2The program launched on October 18th, 2016 and will visit 6 schools, 17 classes and over 350 students in Monroe County by the end of November. Thank you to Harmony Environmental Science students for being  fantastic community leaders and teachers!

Also a huge thank you to CFC Properties and Cook Medical for sponsoring the Roadshow! Because of their generosity, in addition to providing program materials, each of the 380 students we visit this month will receive a free LED light bulb to take home to help educate their families about energy efficiency and to help reduce utility bills at their homes.

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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.

Project Porchlight at IU Science Fest

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Come out to IU Science Fest this Saturday, October 22nd from 9-3pm and pick up a free LED light bulb, weatherization materials and watch awesome science demos from the IU Chemistry, Physics and Biology depts, plus many more!

MCEC is participating in the  6th annual IU Science Fest and is excited to be part of an event that engages kids in scientific fields via hands-on experiments and activities.  We will be set up outside of Swain West at 727 East Third Street. Hope to see you there!

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Gracia Valliant: Energy Leader

20160921_113314-2Gracia was nominated as an Energy Leader because of her dedication to helping community members conserve energy

Energy Leader Achievements:

  • During the summer, she keeps her thermostat set above 75 degrees all the time and has a programmable thermostat.
  • She washes her clothes in cold water and regularly air dries them
  • Had an energy assessment completed and air sealed all of her windows and doors
  • She also consistently ensures that Global Gifts, her workplace is saving energy as well!

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

Renewable Energy Roadshow

The Monroe County Energy Challenge and high school Environmental Science classes from Harmony and Bloomington High School South are teaming up to teach local 2-4th grade students about energy efficiency and renewable energy resources!bulb-solar-panel-and-eolic-fan_1134-129

The program was designed by BHSS teacher Amanda Figolah and centers around upper-class high school students teaching younger students about the importance of conserving resources and saving energy.  Students will learn about renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power through engaging hands-on activities and demonstrations.  We plan to visit all MCCSC schools, RBBCSC schools, and independent schools in the upcoming year!

20161018_141045Lessons will be guided by representatives from the MCEC, Environmental Science students from Harmony school, and (pending final approval) AP Environmental Science students from BHSS. We are using this unique approach to teaching because we know that youth can be catalysts for change in our community and the world. It is our belief that young people have the environmental education, imagination and motivation to make positive changes in our world, and this program will encourage them to lead at a young age.

20161018_141524The 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.

Activities include solar car races, discovering how wind turbines generate electricity, and exploring the watt demand of common appliances.

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The Renewable Energy Roadshow launched on October 18th and will run on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons through November. All current dates are full and we will be visiting 6 schools, 16 classrooms and over 300 students in the upcoming month! If you would like the Roadshow to visit your school, please send an e-mail to MoCoEnergyChallenge@gmail.com and ask about future opportunitites .

Allan Edmonds: Energy Leader

energy-leader-allan_cropAllan was nominated as an Energy Leader because of 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:

  • For many years, Allan has represented his congregation in Earth Care, a nonprofit bringing Hoosiers of faith together to help curb global climate change.
  • In addition to making his house as efficient as possible, Allan had a 3.5KW photovoltaic array installed on his home in August 2011.
  • Allan usually rides his bikes to meetings and errands, in all kinds of weather, as well as riding many miles for pleasure, and is the blog editor and an active member of the Bloomington Bicycle Club.
  • Active for environmental causes for many years, on September 21st2014 Allan rode in a bus with a group from Bloomington to take part in the People’s Climate March in New York City in support of the UN Climate Summit.

We are so proud to have such an inspiring man 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

Project Porchlight Launch Event

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MCEC launched its newest energy initiative, Project Porchlight on October 1st!

FREE LEDS! When, where?

During the month of October, MCEC will distribute 1,000 free LED light bulbs through Project Porchlight, an initiative designed to encourage local residents to implement energy-saving practices and technologies in their homes.

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For our launch at Rev Ernest D. Butler Park, we gave out 100+ LED light bulbs and 45 weatherization kits loaded with supplies to help keep homes warm this winter!  Participants also pedaled our energy bikes, learned weatherization techniques from MCEC staff and sign up for free home energy assessments. Mayor John Hamilton even stopped by to join the fun! We had a blast!

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Missed the launch?

Don’t worry! We will be hosting a variety of energy fairs and events at local hardware stores and neighborhood parks to distribute the LEDs throughout the month of October. Come visit us at any of the following events:

  • Saturday, October 8, 11-2pm: Bloomington Hardware
  • Saturday, October 15, 10:30-1pm: Black Lumber
  • Sunday, October 16, 10:30-1pm: True Value (Ellettsville)

thumb_dsc_0131_1024Weatherization kits include reusable storm windows, caulk and caulking gun, rope caulk, high efficiency shower heads, faucet aerators, refrigerator coil brush, switch and outlet sealers, hot water gauge, refrigerator thermometer, and CFL bulbs.

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Robyn Cornwell: Energy Leader

14249928_1832853736948034_5777253691017526526_oRobyn, a volunteer at Global Gifts, was nominated as an Energy Leader because of her dedication to helping co-workers and community members conserve energy

Energy Leader Achievements:

  • She uses LED lights instead of fluorescent bulbs (that have mercury) or incandescent bulbs (that produce heat)
  • She regularly uses a toaster oven instead of a full oven
  • As her windows face West, she closes the shades and drapes at 3:00 pm when the sun is reaching her side of the building
  • She unplugs appliances that are only needed occasionally, and always unplugs the rest as soon as she is finished using them
  • She only runs her water distiller (that gives off heat) at night when 1) it is cooler, and 2) there is less demand on the grid – especially in the summer

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

Over 17,000 residents reached through WPP

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Thank you to all of our MCEC Workplace Partners for being catalysts for positive change in our community! With 24 dedicated partners, we have been able to provide over 17,000 Monroe County residents with energy saving tips, information, and opportunities for free energy assessments and weatherization. We have been invited to speak at all-employee meetings, host special events and energy fairs, as well as to participate in on going efforts to ‘green’ businesses.

Our current partners include:

Investing Partners

  • Harrell-Fish Inc
  • South Central Community Action Program
  • Vectren Energy
  • City of Bloomington

Advanced Partners

  • CFC
  • Cook Medical
  • IU Athletics
  • Ivy Tech
  • Old National Bank
  • Richland Bean-Blossom School Corp
  • Monroe County Public Library
  • Global Gifts
  • Bloomington Hardware
  • Lennie’s
  • The Project School

Basic Partners

  • IU Credit Union
  • Bloomington Chamber of Commerce
  • IU SPEA
  • MCCSC
  • Wonderlab
  • MC Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Black Lumber
  • True Value
  • The Chile Woman

Thank you for being such strong community leaders!

Interested in having your business join the MCEC Workplace Partners Program? Click here to see our options for involvement.

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