WHAT IS TAKE CHARGE CORVALLIS?
Take Charge Corvallis is the local effort led by the Corvallis Environmental Center and the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition to win the $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize.
There are a number of programs that can help you get started or take your energy savings to the next level. Energize Corvallis is dedicated to providing resources to help residents understand their energy use and get the resources they need to meet their energy goals and help Corvallis win the Georgetown University Energy Prize!
HOW WILL YOU TAKE CHARGE?
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- When will this be happening?
It’s already started! In 2013-14 we took a baseline measure of the amount of gas and electricity used in Corvallis. During 2015-16 we’ll work to reduce the amount of energy used. If we’re among the top 10 cities in reducing energy use, we’ll submit a final report on how we did it. If we’re chosen, based on our report, we’ll win $5 million!
- What will the $5 million be used for?
The money will be used for investments in programs and infrastructure that further help our community save energy for a healthier, more secure future.
- What will give us the edge to win the finals?
Demonstrating diversification, innovation, and replication will set us apart. We need to reach all kinds of people – homeowners, renters, college students, schools, employees of local businesses, etc., to get as many people involved as possible. We are looking for innovative ways for all of these people to participate. And we need to show that our efforts can be replicated in other cities, so our good work can help communities across the nation.
- What happens at the end of the Take Charge Corvallis campaign?
Energy saving actions implemented in 2015 and 2016 will continue to save energy well into the future through our new energy saving habits, efficient equipment, and renewable energy projects. We expect to impact long-term energy use as the people of Corvallis learn more ways to save natural gas and electricity.