[act-ma] BASEA Forum: Weatherization Barnraising, Thursday 4/12
gmoke at world.std.com
Tue Apr 3 12:53:45 PDT 2012
> Basea Forum: Thursday, April 12th, 2012
> HEET - Home Energy Efficiency Team
> Success by Starting Where You Are -
> the Story of HEET - Home Energy Efficiency Team
> For the April Forum, we shift our focus from renewable energy to
> energy efficiency and energy conservation. The story we will hear
> started in a drafty old New England home...... and led to the
> formation of HEET - Home Energy Efficiency Team, a non-profit
> organization that is having a successful impact on saving energy.
> HEET began its work in Cambridge in 2008, calling for volunteers to
> help and learn through energy-upgrade work-parties, modeled on "barn
> raisings". Their success has been recognized by awards from the EPA,
> Massachusetts Climate Action Network, and the City of Cambridge.
> Let this record of action....
> • 160 buildings weatherized
> • 4,970 CFL's installed/incandescent bulbs replaced
> • 2,844 volunteers trained
> ...speak through its results:
> • 1,785 metric tons of CO2 avoided
> • 4 million gallons of water conserved
> • more than $500,000 saved in energy and water bills
> HEET started off humbly, but seems to have tapped into a vast
> renewable energy source - people power! Volunteers show up, pick a
> task after hearing pitches from Team Leaders, get busy with hands-on
> learning as they work, and wrap up with refreshments and
> socializing. In a few short hours, they have made a positive impact
> to save energy, learned skills that they can take home and teach
> others, and connected to a motivated community.
> Come and hear the story of HEET, an inspiring tale of grass-roots
> action! Hear about HEET's energy audit process. Learn about some
> simple actions you can take to make your own home more energy
> efficient. Share your energy-upgrade stories or questions. Join HEET
> as a volunteer, or suggest a non-profit organization or house of
> worship that could benefit from HEET's services.
> Location: First Parish in Cambridge Unitarian Universalist; 3
> Church Street, Harvard Square
> Time: Doors open at 7:00 p.m.; Presentation begins at 7:30 p.m
> We are proud to host Audrey Schulman, activist, author and President
> of HEET, for our April Forum.
> Please Join Us! And remember, your donations and membership support
> The Boston Area Solar Energy Association, www.BASEA.org; a chapter
> of NESEA.
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