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  • PIRG Energy Service Corps - Energy Service Corps helps to improve power in Springs
    AmeriCorps UCCS chapter will target low income housing through projects such as weatherization and several educational projects for children Energy Conservation Week put on by Energy Service Corps began Oct 18 and will continue through Oct 23 A talking compact fluorescent light bulb CFL is set to appear on campus during the week There will also be a walking canvas tour taking place and students will be able to sign a pledge to be energy efficient By doing so students will make their mark on the traveling canvas On Saturday Energy Service Corps hopes to hold a press conference on campus with possible appearances by members of the administration the Student Government Association and the City Council After energy week the educational projects and weatherization projects will continue The campus club hopes to continue eliciting understanding of and knowledge surrounding the Energy Service Corps Jenn Engstrom program director of Energy Service Corps stated Our vision is to educate the Colorado Springs community about energy efficiency and how to save money through community service workshops and kindergarten through 12th grade education programs With funding from AmeriCorps and CoPIRG the organization hopes to fulfill their vision by helping people who do not have the resources to make their homes energy efficient Service projects like changing regular light bulbs to CFL s and showing the owners how to save up to 30 percent on their utility bills are just some of the ways the club plans to impact the community According to Engstrom It s about people making a tangible difference right then and there Furthermore Engstrom said that places such as churches and the Pioneer Museum will be weatherized Education is also a priority for the Energy Service Corps and as Carlin stated We hope to have 1 500 school aged children

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  • PIRG Energy Service Corps - Students Put Parties on Hold to Study Energy Efficiency During Spring Break in Atlantic City
    the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group and AmeriCorps that brings about 20 students to homes in Atlantic City Newark and Trenton during the next few days to see how homeowners can be more energy efficient and save money It s only until Tuesday Richard Stockton College student Keith Tuchler 22 said of how he s spending the start of his break I still have the rest of the week fellow student Daniel Sapanara 19 added For now the environmentally conscious students are more interested in teaching people that what is good for environment also can be good for the wallet Showing people that is the whole point Stockton s Erin Maguire 19 said And it s very easy Sapanara said Just changing the light bulbs cuts costs Maguire added Plus I think it s cooler Sapanara said of the low energy compact florescent light bulbs that have that well known swirly shape The program also came just in time for Habitat for Humanity Atlantic County which is building its first green home on Grant Avenue in Atlantic City I think it s really good said Executive Director Debbie Murray as she watched the students search through the still under construction home Green is the way to go in the future I m just learning that They re learning that really early on Even the students were impressed as Murray excitedly explained some of the structure s highlights including 100 percent recycled Sheetrock and a ventilation system that will run an hour each day to cleanse the air of the well insulated home That s really impressive Tuchler said Isn t it Murray asked As Rutgers student Beth Mojta 20 checked the windows for any air leaks and found none Maguire went through the checklist with Murray asking about the

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  • PIRG Energy Service Corps - Children Discover It Is Easy Being Green
    like big words to elementary students but last week at the Columbus School hundreds of students learned that it is easy being green Even young students can learn that things don t have to always be just the way they are said Doug O Malley field director with Environment New Jersey a citizen based advocacy organization The best way to create that change is getting the young on our side he said The event last week at the Columbus School marked the 10th year of the Energy Service Corps a partnership between Americorps a federal government program that employs college students and graduates in service work and the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group a citizen based nonprofit advocacy group that opposes special interest groups in areas of identity theft political corruption safe and affordable prescription drugs voting rights etc The initiative took place before the Martin Luther King Jr day of service Monday in honor of his commitment to social and environmental issues Over the course of three days the Americorps volunteers teach tactics for energy efficiency to more than 1 000 students from across New Jersey said Heather Plant an Americorps member It s all about educating them

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  • PIRG Energy Service Corps - Energetic Approach
    learn a lot from these whiz kids Their reserves of knowledge were further deepened last week as Americorps teams fanned out across the state to teach children about energy and conservation They visited schools including Columbus Elementary in Trenton on behalf of the Energy Service Corps a partnership between Americorps a federal government program that employs college students and graduates in service work and the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group a citizen based nonprofit advocacy group To get its simple message out Energy Services Corps trains college interns and volunteers to organize community workshops educate community members through door to door outreach perform energy assessments do simple weatherization and educate thousands of elementary and high school students The Energy Service Corps recent lesson plan focused on encouraging children to conserve energy and to become active and involved in their communities That s a message that bears repeating again and again as the older generations strive to change the habit of squandering energy and resources As children learn to be better stewards of the Earth they ll share their knowledge planting that seed of change in themselves their parents and others in the community as one volunteer said We salute

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  • PIRG Energy Service Corps - Rutgers Volunteers Offer Audits with Bright Ideas for Energy Efficiency in Homes
    right here this is a crack that could be caulked she said You can even feel air coming through a little bit McCann a Rutgers senior is a part of the university s Energy Service Corps a new joint project between the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group NJPIRG and Americorps The group aims to improve energy efficiency in the local community through education and outreach efforts to students and community members alike On Friday the group kicked off its work by conducting energy audits and weatherizations at three off campus houses rented by college students The Seaman Street house is home to eight college students including Maryann Gulotta 20 who said she and her housemates try to be responsible with their energy consumption We talk about turning off light switches when we re not in rooms we sometimes talk about not plugging up appliances when they re not in use she said But we re all guilty of that some times Richard D Ludescher dean of the George H Cook Campus said the skills and values the students are learning through the new Energy Service Corps are timely because scientists are learning more about the consequences of excessive energy consumption and because energy is becoming more expensive We ve been living in an era of cheap energy for a very very long time he said In an era of cheap energy you don t have to worry about being wasteful Friday about 15 volunteers evaluated the homes and did minor repairs such as re caulking windows insulating hot water pipes and weather stripping doors and windows McCann said residents can also save money by using energy efficient light bulbs and unplugging appliances that aren t in use because many appliances use electricity even if they re turned off The

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  • PIRG Energy Service Corps - Groups Weatherize Houses to Save Energy
    Campus Dean Matt Matsuda said Like world hunger it requires a very local effort with global help Matsuda was impressed with the turnout of the event noting that half of the people in the students living room were volunteers He praised the leadership displayed by Energy Service Corps Cook Campus Dean Richard Ludescher said Americans have had the luxury on cheap energy for hundreds of years which is an era that has come to a close Americans now have two good reasons to cut back the economy and the environment Ludescher said NJPIRG program director Liz Glynn wrote the grant that earned the three year contract with AmeriCorps The funding comes largely from AmeriCorp s 201 million expansion under President Barack Obama s stimulus plan Before any changes are made an energy audit is performed to determine what will be needed for the job Glynn said Windows are assessed ceiling light bulbs are counted appliances are traced to outlets and vents are inspected for cleanliness While these may seem like minutia they are the most common conduits for wasted energy she said Members of the Energy Service Corps then split into groups so three houses could be audited at once Volunteers caulked cracks shelved permeable air conditioners weather stripped windows and swapped wasteful light bulbs for lower energy alternatives A lot of windows don t close completely but caulk and weather strips make a big difference said McCann a Cook College junior This is especially true for single pane windows that lack extra insulation Basements are the biggest culprits of wasted heat McCann said Ground level windows are rarely tight and exposed hot water pipes give off a lot of heat Pipe insulators are sold for less than 1 per foot School of Environmental and Biological Sciences junior Maryann Gulotta

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  • PIRG Energy Service Corps - L.B. Students Learn to Conserve Energy
    and done we hope to teach over 350 students in Long Branch Gulotta said The theme of this year s program is Come Together to Conserve Energy That really is the focus the take home message she said We want the kids to go home and tell them what they learned about energy conservation and why it is important in our current energy crisis We actually send them home with a take home sheet of things that they learned during the lesson and also some energy conservation techniques she added Gulotta explained that the program is taught by college students who are on break from school The reason why we are doing this is in honor of the Rev Dr Martin Luther King and his message of service and education she said Basically this is a statewide effort College students from all across the state are coming to volunteer with the Energy Service Corps to educate fourth to eighth graders about energy conservation she added When it is all said and done we will actually educate over a 1 000 students Gulotta said that most of the volunteers come from the different Rutgers campuses and from The Richard Stockton College adding that recruiting students to teach is a major undertaking We are looking to get some people looking to do something meaningful over break she said It is a unique opportunity for them to get involved especially when the stress of school is over Volunteers are required to attend at least one two to three hour training session They have to learn two different lesson plans one for the fourth and fifth graders and another for the sixth to eighth graders she explained Gulotta said one of the teaching methods used this year is a game For the fourth and

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  • PIRG Energy Service Corps - NJPIRG Announces New Energy Program
    Energy Service Corp campus The Energy Service Corp will focus on kindergarten through 12th grade education community education energy auditing and weatherization of homes It s great that they come and talk to the councils I think it s a great way to get their knowledge out there because then we can send it to all of the other people in our major people that we represent said Cook College senior Gregory Sun who serves as the Major Representative for Biotechnology Chair for the Academic Affairs Committee and the Sergeant at Arms for the council It s just great that they re actually telling us about this so we can actually help them out Hubschmitt and McCann said NJPIRG are set to work on four other campaigns this semester which are open to students from any of the five campuses Our campaigns are the New Voters Project Water Watch Hunger and Homelessness Global Warming Solutions and Energy Service Corp said McCann in her presentation We really just want to establish good relations with everyone Council President and Cook College senior David Sorkin said the council is interested in all of the campaigns but they are especially interested in the New

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