Middlebury Unplugged energy-saving event Thursday

first_imgOn October 22, 2009 the Vermont Community Foundation will host a Kick-Off event for Middlebury Unplugged, an energy challenge for downtown Middlebury businesses. The Kick-Off, open to the public, will begin at 7:30 a.m. and will offer energy-saving tips to local business and residential home owners. At the end of the event, Middlebury Unplugged coordinators will hand out energy monitors and data-logging software to businesses, so that they can track their electrical usage in real time at no cost.The energy challenge will be a three-month competition among fifteen Middlebury businesses to see who can reduce their utility bill by the greatest percentage. The Vermont Community Foundation will fund the project with a grant from the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, matched by a smaller grant from the Community Foundation, and will oversee the competition in partnership with Central Vermont Public Service, Efficiency Vermont, Middlebury College, and Middlebury Area Global Warming Action Coalition (MAGWAC).“We’re excited about this project,” says President and CEO Stuart Comstock-Gay. “It’s a chance for all of us in Middlebury to challenge ourselves about our energy use, and to start learning how to live in a new energy reality.“The energy monitors come with display units that will be placed prominently on the cashier counters at all participating businesses, so that customers can follow the progress of their favorite stores throughout the competition. Local residents can also check out the businesses and read up-to-date information online at the Middlebury Unplugged Website, www.vermontcf.org/middunplugged.For(link is external) more information on the Vermont Agency of Natural Resource’s Vermont Community Climate Change Grant Program that funded this project, please visit http://www.anr.state.vt.us/air/Planning/htm/ClimateChangeApp.htm(link is external)The Vermont Community Foundation (VCF) helps individuals, organizations, and businesses cultivate their love of giving through opportunities to learn, lead, and grow as philanthropists. The VCF has more than 500 charitable funds, each of which was established to build healthy and vital Vermont communities. In addition, the VCF offers planned giving, nonprofit agency endowment management, and other services that help charitable partners achieve their missions.###last_img

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