MCEC Participants Recognized at the 2017 Early Childhood Excellence Awards

Congratulations to the 19 local childcare providers that completed energy assessments with the MCEC and were recognized at the 2017 Early Childhood Excellence Awards on April 24th.

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! 12716426_1743273022574690_5110024115516782457_oBeginning 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.13217380_10153457594497484_5670852994946729820_oMCEC 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
  • Teeter Totter
  • Nana’s Playhouse Daycare
  • Bloomington Language Child Care
  • NEST at New Hope
  • Korrabells
  • Little Angels
  • Joyful beginnings
  • Building Blocks #1
  • Building Blocks #2
  • Building Blocks #3
  • Love & Learn

Read more and see the complete list of 2016 honorees: More information about the 2017 honorees will be posted soon!

2017 Attic Insulation Program Results

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.

Appointments fill up fast, so call (812) 349-3558 or e-mail to schedule an appointment this month. This is a great opportunity to save money and make your home more comfortable at the same time!

We’ll also be sharing our team with help collecting items to sell at the Hoosier to Hoosier (H2H) community sale, which diverts waste from landfills, hand at the South Central Community Action Program’s (SCCAP) Growing Opportunities Greenhouse.