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Over 17,000 residents reached through WPP


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
  • 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.


Dan Woodside: Energy Leader

imagejpeg_01-2Dan was nominated as an Energy Leader because of his dedication to improving his energy efficiency at home as well as saving energy at work.

 Energy Leader Achievements:

  • He has upgraded to new low wattage LED bulbs as old incandescent bulbs fizzled out
  • He purchases energy efficient Energy Star appliances
  • In the summer he keeps the air conditioner above 74 degrees and never leaves unnecessary lights on
  • In his office he uses smaller LED’s rather than overhead and turns off his computer monitor each night

In the winter:

  • He keeps the thermostat between 62 to 65 degrees
  • He opens the dishwasher to let the moist, humid air warm the kitchen rather than having the machine dry them
  • He never uses the fan in the bathroom while showering so humidity is maintained in the room

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

Staying Warm, Staying Green Event this Weekend!


The Monroe County Energy Challenge  and MCPL are partnering to host ‘Staying Warm, Staying Green, and Saving Money’ at the Monroe County Public Library  on Sept 18th from 2-4pm. The MCEC team will teach simple, low-cost weatherproofing techniques that can keep your house warmer, reduce your energy consumption, and save you money this winter. Techniques include:

  • Caulking
  • Insulating windows
  • Weatherstripping doors
  • Installing outlet gaskets

… and more!MCPL fair

We will also bring our  energy bikes, our new walk-through Energy Bus, and have and plenty of hands-on energy activities for kids! Don’t miss this awesome opportunity to learn how to keep warm this winter and get your kids involved in energy savings.


Opportunities to work with the MoCo Energy Challenge

The Energy Challenge has a number of opportunities to get involved.

  1. Apply for the MoCo Energy Challenge internship! Deadline extended to April 7, 2015.
  2. Become an Energy Ambassador.  We’ll provide a half-day training, and then ask you to commit 2-4 hours per month to help connect MoCo Energy Challenge to people throughout the county.
  3. Join one of our committees.  There’s Engagement, K-12 Education, Residential, and Data.

Email for more information.

Work with the Energy Challenge! Apply for our internship by 3/31

The Energy Challenge is hiring!  Help support this huge community effort and get paid too.  Have questions?  Email us at the address below.




Position: Monroe County Energy Challenge Intern – starting April/May 2015

Department: City of Bloomington Department of Economic & Sustainable Development

Duration: Approximately 2 years (may be split into shorter periods depending on availability)

Compensation: $12/hr; average 10 hours/week (hours can be higher in summer)

Deadline to apply: March 31, 2015

Send resume and cover letter to:

This position will provide critical support to the Monroe County Energy Challenge, a community collaboration aimed at winning the $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize. This Energy Prize competition brings together 50 communities across the country to reduce residential, municipal, and K-12 energy usage over a two-year period.


  • Spearhead programming, staffing and other logistics for the EnergyMobile, an energy-efficient vehicle that will travel to neighborhoods throughout the county to share energy efficiency materials and information and provide technical assistance to local residents.
  • Enhance and implement the existing outreach plan with the goal of engaging as many people as possible in the Challenge effort to achieve measurable reductions in energy use.
  • Create outreach and educational materials to support the Challenge
  • Create and track measures of participation and success.       Evaluate results and rework programs as needed.
  • Work in close collaboration with the Sustainability Coordinator and community task force.
  • Attend meetings, functions and events with and as directed by the Sustainability Coordinator.
  • Take all reasonable steps to maintain a safe work environment.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Skills desired

  • Ability to process complex information in order to identify and prioritize strategies
  • Well organized with strong attention to detail. Ability to maintain accurate records and files.
  • Ability to work under minimal supervision, under pressure and with deadlines.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, in diverse contexts.
  • Moderate to strong comprehension of spreadsheet functions, Word documents, and ability to learn software as required
  • Volunteer management experience
  • Knowledge of basic data analysis
  • Strong problem-solving capabilities
  • Ability to operate standard office equipment including computer terminal and related software, fax machine, copier and telephone
  • A clean driving record and current car insurance

Level of Supervision and Responsibility

Duties are performed according to standard departmental procedures and operations. The position is supervised by the Sustainability Coordinator. Level of supervision varies with scope and nature of the assignment. Many tasks are executed with minimal direct supervision.

Difficulty of Work

The position performs duties in a modern office environment with no unusual physical demands. Work follows a schedule determined according to availability by incumbent and supervisor. Work is performed in a highly visible environment and requires occasional evening and weekend work.

Personal Work Relationships

The position will maintain frequent contact with Department personnel, City employees, local organizations, media and members of the general public for the purpose of giving and receiving assignments and information. Contact occurs during varied situations and circumstances, requiring tact and professionalism.