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!

Community Tree Planting: Dig In, Fairfield!

Happy Spring!
During the winter months we have been busy planning a big tree planting project.  This will be a collaborative project and the entire community is invited to take part; we are looking for 250+ volunteers over several days!!  The Tree Planting initiative serves as the kick off for a series of educational events focused on energy savings sponsored by Alliant Energy Hometown Rewards.  It also happens to be Global Youth Service Day, the largest service event in the world and celebrates the work that young people are doing to improve communities.  And don’t forget, Sunday the 22nd is Earth Day…this is a great way to be involved in a meaningful project by working together with fellow residents to make a difference here in Fairfield.  There are volunteer needs leading up to the big tree planting as well as actually digging in the dirt and getting the trees in the ground.  Here are some opportunities:

Saturday, April 14th: 10 volunteers per ward, to hang doorhangers and posters

Sunday, April 15th:  10 volunteers per ward, to hang doorhangers and posters
Friday, April 20th: 15 volunteers to prep the orchard site, deliver materials and possibly dig holes at school planting sites
Saturday, April 21st: 15 volunteers to prep the orchard site, deliver materials (volunteer needs on these two days will vary based upon the weather that week and final needs so some flexibility is needed here)

 

Sunday, April 22nd (EARTH DAY): 90 volunteers to plant the orchard, 30 in each of three time slots:
                9:00 am – 11am
                11:30am – 1:30pm
                2:00pm – 4:00pm

Sunday, April 22: 10 volunteers to help with clean up efforts after the picnic dinner

Volunteers should sign up ahead of time for their preferred time slot so that we can plan accordingly.  Bring your friends and family and share this email far and wide!

Plan to wear clothes and shoes that can get dirty, consider a pair of gloves and bring along some drinking water or snacks.

 

Volunteers are encouraged to bring shovels. Parking is at the entrance to Chautauqua Park and then walk down to the trail entrance.  Map of the planting site to come.

 

All volunteers are encouraged to attend the tree planting workshop on Wednesday, April 18th at 7:15pm at the old St. Mary’s building, N. 3rd and Grimes.  All volunteers will receive a free Dig In, Fairfield t-shirt or bandana.

At the end of Sunday, we will be hosting a picnic dinner in celebration of the tree planting efforts and to kick off the entire Alliant Energy Hometown Rewards Grant and the series of events and educational efforts that will follow.  A Dinner (catered by Hy-Vee, including vegetarian options) and Entertainment (Jefferson County Green Band) will follow from 4:30-8:00.

Dig In, Fairfield Partners: Trees Forever, Alliant Energy Hometown Rewards, City of Fairfield, Iowa State University Extension, Fairfield Volunteer Center, Fairfield Parks and Rec, Fairfield Trails Council, Fairfield Schools, Maharishi School, Singing Cedars School, EcoFairfield

Hometown Reward Program Partners: Alliant Energy, City of Fairfield, Iowa State University Extension, Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield Volunteer Center, Fairfield residents

Hometown Reward Program Sponsors: Ideal Energy

Please RSVP with your availability via phone at 641.209.9045 or email fairfieldvolunteers@gmail.com by April 6.  If you are a student contact James
at jaschlepp@gmail.com.

 

Warmly,
Molly Reiff
Executive Director
Fairfield Volunteer Center, Inc.
EcoFairfield 2012
Serve. Connect. Inspire.
Because our locals are awesome!

Community Tree Planting

Earth Day weekend this year is promising to be one to remember in Fairfield, as the ECOFAIRFIELD planning team is establishing partnerships for events in the community, one partnership has come together to plant upwards of 300 6-foot trees around the community. The funding for this project is available through a grant from Alliant Energy, which awarded the City of Fairfield $7,500 to plant trees for energy efficiency. The trees will be a mix of fruiting and edible varieties as well as non-edibles.

Serve. Connect. Inspire.

Planting sites include:
• Portion of trail near Chataqua Park (confirmed)
• Maharishi School (confirmed)
• Singing Cedars School (confirmed)

In negotiation:
• Fairfield public schools
• Portion of trail near Sky Factory
• Hospital
• Parking lot on Broadway ave.
• Wastewater treatment plant

A group of 15 people (myself included) met at the Library recently to discuss planning details and discern our plan of action. Representatives in the group included people from the local schools, the “Trees Forever” organization, the city’s sustainability coordinator Scott Tim, Sierra Club representatives, and others.
My personal involvement stems from my original initiative to organize a “Day of Service” in the community on the afternoon of 4/20, the official start-day of ECOFAIRFIELD. My vision was to invite Fairfield Public Schools  students, MSAE students, and MUM students to volunteer together around the community on Friday afternoon. It looks like that will happen, and the energy will go toward planting trees! But now, instead of 1 afternoon on Friday, tree-planting volunteers will be needed throughout the weekend. The final site selections, timing and other details are TBA.

We are looking for people familiar with ecology or tree planting to serve as group leaders at various sites. If you are interested in participating in any part of this weekend-long event and you are a student please contact me, James, at jaschlepp@gmail.com. If you are not a student and you are interested, please contact the Fairfield Volunteer Center: Phone number:           641-209-9045 Email address: fairfieldvolunteers@gmail.com.

United in Service,
James Schleppenbach
EcoFairfield 2012 team
Serve. Connect. Inspire.
Because our locals are awesome!