This year PinSource is a proud sponsor of the South Burlington Energy Prize; a competition headed up by Georgetown University. The Prize challenges participating communities to tap their imagination and creativity, and work together with their local governments, residents, and utilities toward reducing energy consumption long-term. The Participants are motivated by a $5 million incentive to engage their community and increase energy efficiency.
The road to becoming a finalist was no easy task. Each town participating submitted a 90 page application outlining the cities’ plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. They had to come up with scaleable and innovative projects that could then be shared across the country and used in communities nationwide interested in making the same efforts. Green Mountain Power must submit monthly energy consumption reports to Georgetown and those numbers will be measured against their baseline measurement, which took place January 1st, 2015. They have until June 2017 to implement their strategies for increased energy efficiency, and the finalist that is the most successful wins.
More than half of the total energy produced in the U.S. is wasted due to inefficiencies. We need serious, breakthrough thinking to improve America’s energy standing for the future. Regardless of the energy source, increased efficiency is a positive step and there is significant room for improvement. By tackling one part of the problem where it relates to household and municipal energy use, South Burlington and the Georgetown University Energy Prize is positioned to be the catalyst for long-term, positive change. Local communities and cities have long been the incubators for the practical implementation of innovative approaches to difficult problems. That innovation is already evident by looking at the current energy practices of South Burlington.
PinSource is proud to be sponsoring such an important endeavor for change. The lapel pins provided read: ‘Wear this pin proudly to show you are helping to unite the community around a common goal that benefits us all.’
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