As part of her fellowship, AppFellow Carol Davey wrote and coordinated the program plan supporting Upgrade Athens' application to the Georgetown University Energy Prize. They've advanced to the semifinals! The official press release is below. Congratulations, Carol and Athens County!
Athens County Ohio Advances in $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize
Athens County among elite communities across the nation leading the way on energy efficiency
ATHENS, OHIO – January 14, 2015 – Today, Athens County officially advances to the Semifinal round of the Georgetown University Energy Prize, a national competition that is challenging communities across the U.S. to rethink their energy use. At a press event in Washington, D.C. today, Athens County was announced as one of the 50 communities who are leading the way on energy efficiency.
“This competition gives Athens momentum, says County Commissioner Chris Chmiel, “It is starting just as our SOPEC aggregation program is gearing up. We will be judged on how much we improve our community’s energy efficiency over the next two years. Watch out America – Athens County is stepping up to the plate!”
“The Athens County Commissioners as well as mayors and executives across the county, have told us that this Prize gives them the momentum to accelerate their energy efficiency efforts,” said Dr. Francis Slakey, Founder, and Executive Director of the Georgetown University Energy Prize. Slakey continued, “These Semifinalist communities are leading the way for other small- and medium-size cities and counties to secure their energy efficient future”.
“This announcement comes after months of planning by dozens of people on an array of different committees. It’s truly a community effort,” says Paul Wiehl, the Mayor of Athens. “People are motivated. They want to save money, they want energy efficient homes, and they want to be energy independent. Every step is a positive step in that direction and we all can do it.If we all participate – the entire community wins. “
“The competition looks truly like America,” said Dr. Slakey. “Not only do these communities come from across the map, they represent the nation’s full political, social and economic diversity. Some are paying the highest prices for energy; some have the ambition to be carbon net-zero, but all communities share the goal of transforming America's energy future.”
Athens will be holding its own Kick-off Event next Tuesday, Jan. 20th from 6:30-8:30 at the Athens Community Center. The UpGrade Athens County plan for how to win this competition will be explained and city and county residents can learn how they can get involved.
Sarah Conley-Ballew is the Acting Director for UpGrade Athens County. "It's time for Athens Countians to raise their energy IQ. UpGrade Athens County wants to bring awareness about our energy consumption, encouraging everyone to think about their energy use on an everyday basis. We can connect people with energy efficiency upgrades to the buildings where you live, work, and play, providing innovative ways to save energy. Join the effort today, and remember: Every kilowatt counts!"
To learn more about the Georgetown University Energy Prize and to track the competition’s progress, visit www.guep.org, or UpGrade Athens County at UpGradeAthens.com (follow the Prize on Twitter (@GUEnergyPrize) or Facebook (www.facebook.com/guenergyprize and UpGrade Athens! ) . Or contact UpGrade Athens Coordinator Sarah Conley Ballew at firstname.lastname@example.org
About Georgetown University Energy Prize
The $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize challenges small- to medium-size towns, cities, and counties to rethink their energy use, and implement creative strategies to increase efficiency. To compete for the Prize, local governments, residents, utilities, and others will need to work together to demonstrate success in sustainably reducing energy consumption over a two-year period. For more information, visit www.guep.org.
You can join Georgetown University for a LIVE for a Tweet chat about the Prize at 1pm EST / 10am PST on January 14th. Follow @GUEnergyPrize and use the hashtag #GUEnergyPrize to join the conversation.