SB Energy Prize Competition Kicks Off With Community Party

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Thursday February 06, 2014

The South Burlington Energy Committee has announced the dates for two launch parties to kick off the city’s participation in a nationwide energy competition with a $5 million grand prize. The Georgetown University Energy Prize (GUEP) is a two year competition between small cities across the country to see which communities can lower their use of electricity and natural gas in their residential, municipal, and school sectors.

The two launch events will be held at the South Burlington High School cafeteria, and the events will be a combination of food, fun, information, and a chance for participants to give their input about potential energy saving ideas and projects. The first “energy party” will take place Saturday, February 15 from noon until 2 p.m., and the second party is scheduled for Tuesday evening, February 18, from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m.

Committee member Keith Epstein, who is co-coordinating South Burlington’s effort in the competition, will give an overview of the process, and speakers from City Council and Efficiency Vermont will talk briefly about building a total community effort. Then, over pizza and refreshments, the participants will brainstorm project ideas and ways that people in the community can participate and contribute to the competitive effort.

South Burlington community members are also invited to visit tinyurl.com/SBGUEP to learn more and contribute ideas to the committee.
All South Burlington residents and business people are invited to attend. So come for pizza and fun, and let’s get our South Burlington energy party on!