The Hometown Rewards Program

Taken from the Fairfield GoGreen Website, edited by us:

When you save energy, everybody wins. And now there’s one more reason to do so – Alliant Energy’s Hometown Rewards program.

The City of Fairfield was selected to participate in a two-year partnership with Interstate Power and Light Company, an Alliant Energy company, through its Hometown Rewards grant program.

This program rewards Fairfield for reducing citywide energy usage either by adopting energy-efficient behaviors (turning off lights, unplugging unused electronics, etc.) or investing in energy-efficient upgrades (like compact fluorescent light bulbs, new insulation, etc.). If Fairfield successfully meets its goals, Alliant Energy will give the community a reward.

What kind of reward are we talking about? One picked by the sustainability leaders in Fairfield – new solar panels for a city building.

The purpose of the Hometown Rewards Program in Fairfield is to focus on energy efficiency and conservation goals outlined in the City’s strategic Go Green Plan through grass-roots community efforts. Hometown Rewards goals in Fairfield include:

  • Save residents 5,059,288 kWh in electricity and natural gas equivalent (that’s $540,000 in energy costs)
  • Offer free educational workshops relevant to all sectors of the City
  • Engage at least 50% of Fairfield residents in this program

*You can see all of the program’s goals and strategies here.

The Hometown Rewards Program builds upon the energy initiatives outlined in the Plan by identifying the community’s energy use today, setting goals for improvement, implementing strategies and measuring the results.

The goals were outlined during a 3 month process by the program’s steering committee. Committee members include Mayor Malloy, Kari Bedi, Anna Bruen, Jeff Clawson, Bob Ferguson, Michael Halley, Daryn Hamilton, Joel Hirshberg, Molly Martlin, Fred McElwee, John Revolinski, Lonnie Gamble, Scott Timm, Roger Vorhies, and Alliant Energy representatives Laurie Appleget and Robin Sempf.

An outside consulting firm, Sebesta-Blomberg will measure progress towards the goals and metrics until the end of 2013.

So what’s next?

“Dig In, Fairfield” the Hometown Rewards Program kick-off event, is happening on Earth Day, April 22nd. We’ll be planting a community orchard just outside of Chautauqua Park along the trail system and then have a free BBQ dinner (catering to most dietary needs) provided by Hy-Vee, and entertainment by the Jefferson County Green Band. Also, that weekend FMS, Washington Elementary, MSAE, and Singing Cedars School will be planting trees for energy efficiency; and the public parking lot on B and Broadway will receive shade trees. We’d love to see you anytime on Sunday and encourage you to sign up through the Fairfield Volunteer Center to help volunteer, but of course you are welcome to show up anytime. At the event, we’ll be hosting the president of Trees Forever, representatives from Alliant Energy, as well as Congressman Loebsack, Senator Chelgren, and Representative Hanson.

Local designers and screen-printers designed the Dig In logo and t-shirts.

www.fairfieldgogreen.com was re-designed to highlight the Hometown Rewards Program. On the website you can learn about the program, find opportunities to participate, and track progress towards the program goals. We’re also on Facebook!

You’ll start hearing about the Hometown Rewards Program and Dig In event on radio stations. You’ll also be seeing posters and door hangers for the Dig In event around town!

EcoFairfield, Alliant Energy, City of Fairfield, Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield Volunteer Center,  Iowa State University, 100.1 FM KRUU, Trees Forever, HyVee, Ideal Energy, Danaher Oil, Everybody’s Whole Foods Store, and The Global ID Group help turn the Hometown Rewards Program a success in Fairfield. Thanks to EcoFairfield and other partners, Fairfield’s Hometown Rewards Program can offer fun, exciting and educational events; all of the educational workshops will be free of charge; and projects begun as part of the Hometown Rewards Program will have solid maintenance plans to ensure their continued success.

Serve. Connect. Inspire.

The Hometown Rewards Program really depends on community effort. Join us to end the EcoFairfield Earth Day weekend with a bang! RSVP here http://www.facebook.com/events/350672824976142/ or here if you’re a student:  http://www.facebook.com/events/175458325908820/. Let’s plant some trees!

EcoFairfield 2012 Team
Serve.Connect.Inspire
Because our locals are awesome!

Healing our Planet, Healing Ourselves

EcoFairfield and Dharma Foundation present
“Healing our Planet, Healing ourselves’:

Learn how our tropical rainforests, the ‘lungs of our planet’ are being destroyed at the alarming rate of 6 soccer fields a minute and the impact that is having on Mother Earth.

You will hear ways you can be more ecologically conscious that can make a difference in the quality of your life and the lives of your loved ones. Learn how you can help affect climate conditions, the preservation of thousands of species of plants and animals, as well as the Indigenous people who have untold ancient wisdom yet to be shared with us.

Shipibo Children

Come hear Maryann speak at the Fairfield Arts and Conventions Center’s meeting room number 2 next Saturday, April 21st, from 10-11am. She is also hosting a workshop titled “Plant Wisdom holds the Key to Radiant Vitality at any age” in the same meeting room from 2-3pm later the same day. Admission is free!

About the workshop, imagine plants growing in pristine virgin soil deep in the heart of the Rainforest.  Plants store information within them just as humans do.  Imagine the vast amount of information these whole wild botanicals contain.  Theirs is a message of ecological harmony and balance going back for generations.

Scientists now confirm that new discoveries in Rainforest plants hold the keys to reversing degenerative disease and accelerating health and vitality for us and future generations.

Maryann is an Amazon herb independent distributor

Attend and learn some of the secrets the medicine men and women have known for
centuries that make it possible to experience a high quality of lifelong, radiant vitality. This program will include a tasting of some delicious “guilt free” healthy chocolate, sustainably harvested and obtained in a ‘more than fair trade’ way.

Maryann Hesse, a rainforest ambassador who has traveled to South America and
communed with Indigenous tribes, will share heartwarming stories and first hand accounts of these amazing healing botanicals in her workshop; and heartbreaking stories of happenings that affect us individually, and greatly affect the health of our planet during her presentation.

Maryann with a village elder

9 more days till Earth-Day weekend. We can hardly wait.
🙂
EcoFairfield 2012 Team
Serve. Connect. Inspire.
Because our locals are awesome!

Green Cornucopia!

Green Vendors Sale- over 50 booths- EcoFairfield Trade Fair Sat. April 21
All Green, All Natural. Admission is free.

Bring the family to Dharma Foundation’s first-ever Green Vendor Sale of eco-friendly products, gifts, toys and services on Saturday April 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center Expo Hall. It’s part of EcoFairfield’s Sustainable Living Celebration for Earth Day 2012 and you’ll discover an overflowing cornucopia of goodies to enjoy!

You’ll find a vast variety of delightful offerings from over 50 local and regional craftspeople, artisans, importers, performers and artists — and you can feel good that a portion of the proceeds goes to the Dharma Scholarship Fund to help students attend the Maharishi School.  You can also feast on a delicious buffet lunch from India Café.
You’ll find jewelry, scarves, toys, gourmet delicacies and organic cosmetics, ayurvedic aromatherapy products, organic chocolates and organic clothing and literally hundreds of other items.  It’s the ideal place to shop for unique gifts for upcoming birthdays of your family members or friends, or find the perfect natural water filter or hand-crafted kitchen goods for your home.
“We have a wonderful eco-oriented community and you’ll find an abundance of quality gifts that are exotic and unique, so it’s a great shopping opportunity” explains Donna Cingre of  the Dharma Foundation. It’s also an important fundraiser to help students attend Maharishi School, the first consciousness-based school in the world.”

For a list of Green Vendors that is being updated regularly,  go to tinyurl.com/Dharma21

In addition to the Dharma Foundation’s Green Vendor Sale, you can participate in other exciting events during EcoFairfield’s Sustainable Living Celebration.  RSVP here: http://www.facebook.com/events/409948079031068/

Rosalie D’Anne Borg
Event Coordinator
Dharma Foundation
EcoFairfield 2012
Serve. Connect. Inspire.
Because our locals are awesome!