Catamount Earth Institute’s June 2013 Newsletter

Catamount EcoChallenge Report

EcoChallenge participants generated less waste, ate a healthier diet, used less energy and more public transportation. This was an inspiring two-week experiment prior to Earth Day, April 22. Have a look at the comments under the blog at the  Catamount EcoChallenge for Challenge adventures. Thanks to the Co-op Food Stores for food treats for the celebratory potluck and to King Arthur Flour for its $50 gift certificate raffle, won by Wendy Judge, who joined the EcoChallenge through the South Royalton Market’s outreach.

Northwest Earth Institute’s 20th Anniversary’s Founder’s Award goes to Barbara DuncanAt its 10th anniversary, NWEI awarded its founders, Dick and Jeanne Roy with a Founders Award. This May for NWEI’s 20th anniversary, the organization again celebrated a Founders Award. The Award went to Portland super-volunteer Betty Shelley and to Catamount’s Barbara Duncan. Catamount Earth Institute is one of 27 NWEI partner organizations across the country.

The Intel Corporation was presented NWEI’s first Change for Good Award.
The Change for Good Award is given to an organization that has integrated sustainability principles into the core of their operations and, working in partnership with NWEI, has helped make its surrounding community a healthier, richer place to live. More than 400 Intel employees around the world have participated in NWEI discussion courses. In 2011, 35 Intel volunteers took the NWEI discussion course program into 20 local high schools, with these volunteers’ efforts rippling out to reach 4,500 people.

To learn more about NWEI, its discussion courses and EcoChallenge, see or contact Catamount Earth Institute for help starting a local discussion group. See NWEI’s new web section Where Change Happens for examples of how NWEI’s discussions courses are being used in workplaces, centers of faith, higher education, and community groups and organizations. Start a discussion group this fall!

Efficiency Vermont’s Home Energy Challenge IncentivesEfficiency Vermont is offering a seasonal promotion of an additional $500 completed job incentive to its customers participating in its Home and Building Performance programs.  The offer will be extended to qualifying home owners and businesses completing jobs by August 31st, and sending in their paperwork (completed signed incentive form) by September 30th.  This bonus incentive is on top of the $100 audit discount and usual incentives ranging up to $2,000 for installed improvements. Along with the customer bonus incentive, a contractor incentive of an additional $100 per completed job will also be offered. Contact Customer Support Department, Efficiency Vermont at 888 921 5990 with questions.

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