The Sustainable Whidbey Coalition was a network of business and community leaders that was directly involved in promoting and fostering sustainability on beautiful Whidbey Island. The Coalition was founded in late 2007 as a collaborative response to our world’s climate change and all of its local implications.
Business owners of South Whidbey Island, WA, discussed projects and initiatives which have transformed and enhanced the relationships and culture of this small but beautiful community. The discussion included establishing an email to bring together consumers and businesses and roll a commercial kitchen and bakery into one. The recurring theme was one of deep connection: that we’re “in this together,” and “together, we are stronger.”
Sustainable Living and Career Building
If we can build up our sustainable habits successfully, our instinctive and conscious mindsets can easier be in harmony without raising conflicts. If green living is important to you, consider changing your career, and when you need your GED diploma to do so, check out the website BestGEDClasses.org for free online support so you can actively get involved in sustainable industries. The Best GED Classes practice tests are free and they are really great to help.
CEC- A NW Washington Green Jobs and Energy Efficiency Program
There was an opportunity on Whidbey Island to reduce energy use, save money, improve comfort, increase home value, and protect our environment. It’s called the Community Energy Challenge (CEC), and it is providing homes and small businesses with technical expertise and financial assistance to cut back energy use and start saving.
What is CEC?
The Community Energy Challenge is an initiative to reduce consumption of electricity and natural gas by making energy efficiency affordable, accessible, and attractive for businesses and households throughout NW Washington. This project is a partnership between the Opportunity Council and Sustainable Connections and is already saving homes and businesses more than $325,000 in energy costs per year.
The CEC (Community Energy Challenge) aims to make the achievement of energy efficiency and reduction an easy task from beginning to end. CEC provides participating households and businesses with the best relevant information, a full energy consumption assessment, a personalized energy action or transition plan with appropriate cost-effective goals and measures, support with utility and/or tax rebates, trustworthy and reliable contractors, as well as quality assurance.
How did it work?
It started with a home assessment. A certified construction analyst then will perform an extensive assessment, including five hours of diagnostic testing. The building analyst evaluates your house’s current condition and determining the insulation measures and levels, air leakage, cooling and heating system functions, as well potential energy inefficiency and loss.
Following the assessment, a Home Energy Advisor meets personally with each participant to explain the results and provide recommendations for improvement. The CEC also connects homeowners with financial incentives and rebates, qualified contractors to do the recommended retrofits, and provides 100% quality assurance on all work done through the program.
A similar suite of services is available to small businesses at no cost.
Energy efficiency has never been easier!
If you are interested in scheduling an assessment or would like to learn more fill out the form below to find out how the Community Energy Challenge can help you start saving today!
Get Inspired! Every Little Thing Adds To The BIG Picture!
These days, the concept of healthy and green living has also entered America’s mainstream thinking. The concept has impacted our diets and how we organize our workplaces and our homes. When you’ve been looking at how to make the best choices for your family and the environment, there’s no need to look any further. We’ve been doing lots of research and have some relatively simple solutions to make both your home and your workplace more sustainable.