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Takoma Park Competing for National Energy Prize

Jul 30, 2015 09:15PM
Takoma Park is among an elite group of 50 communities competing for the Georgetown University Energy Prize, a national competition for communities leading the way in energy efficiency and conservation. The 5 million dollar prize will be awarded to the community that has the largest reductions in municipal and residential energy use, using the most innovative and replicable methods.

To encourage residents to support the competition, the organizers have offered a list of things each homeowner can do. For example, they are encouraging that residents get green home certified. By working with the city’s sustainability manager, homeowners can receive coaching on how to reduce energy use and saving money.

By completing actions, residents will be get either light green, medium green, or dark green certified to earn awards and points for the Neighborhood Energy Challenge. The darker green that is achieved, the more points earned for the team.

A $2,000 prize is being offered for the neighborhood team that has the most homes Green Home Certified with the biggest reductions in energy use. The prize may be used for a project to benefit the winning neighborhood - such as new community gardens, recycling toters, benches or helping neighbors in need.

The city is also working to lower its energy usage in a number of ways. They are currently completing energy audits in all city owned or operated buildings, completing lighting retrofits in all city owner or operated buildings, upgrading heating and cooling systems at Heffner Park, Recreation Center and the Community Center, and converting streetlights to LEDs, with the first to be completed this month on Flower Avenue.

For more information and to get involved, visit TakomaParkMD.gov/Sustainability/guep.

 

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