Take Charge Corvallis Presents… Energy Girl!
The Corvallis Environmental Center and the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition are pleased to announce the current ranking of 10th in the Georgetown University Energy Prize competition. If we stay at tenth or push further through the ranks we will be in the finals in 2017.
Thank you Corvallis! You are making this possible. Corvallis city residents and municipal buildings have saved 29,054,206 kWh, and 16,157,443 lbs of CO2, amounting to $1.9 million in overall savings as a community. Staying among the top 10 communities across the nation until the end of the 2016 will push Corvallis into the competition’s final stage. It is worth noting that the only other Oregon community competing for the $5 million prize is Bend; ranked 11th out of 50, Bend is eager to overtake us and grab a finalist position.
How can you help Corvallis stay in the top 10? Every action matters – from the smallest changes like swapping out incandescent bulbs for LEDs to big projects such as installing a solar electric system on your home. Every Corvallis resident can contribute by saving energy.
- Choose three energy-saving actions to try this month at CommunitiesTakeCharge.org.
- Sign up for free LED light bulbs.
- Make your home or rental property more energy efficient by installing a ductless heat pump or heat pump water heater.
- Get a solar electric system on your house with a zero-interest loan from our local Seeds for the Sol program.
To get involved or learn more about GUEP, visit our website: www.EnergizeCorvallis.org. Every watt of energy saved takes Corvallis one step closer to winning the $5 million prize.
When Corvallis wins, we all win.
Background about the prize: This multi-year, $5 million prize was born of a mission to tap the imagination, creativity, and spirit of competition between communities across the country and to develop sustainable energy-saving innovations. Through this competition, communities will be challenged to work together with their local governments and utilities in order to develop and begin implementing plans for innovative, replicable, scalable and continual reductions in the per capita energy consumed from local natural gas and electric utilities. The goals of the competition are to:
- Spur innovative approaches for communities to decrease their per-capita energy usage;
- Highlight best practices for communities working with utilities, businesses, and their local governments to create and implement inventive plans for sustained energy efficiency; and
- Educate the public and engage students in energy efficiency issues including methods, benefits, and the environmental costs of the full fuel cycle;
Current stage of the competition – Semifinalist Performance Competition (January 2015 – December 2016): The Semifinalists will compete for 2 years to reduce their utility-supplied energy consumption in a manner that is likely to yield continuing improvements within their own community and replication in other communities. For purposes of this prize, community energy consumption measurements are restricted to energy supplied by gas and electric utilities directly to all residential and municipal customers.