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REAP Newsletter: Energy Awareness Month, Clean Energy Forum and MORE!

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October 2013 | www.REalaska.org
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Greetings!
 
It's Energy Awareness Month and REAP is excited to celebrate the next 31 days of events, classes and activities focusing on energy efficiency in Alaska. On Wednesday, October 9th we'll be hosting a forum on saving energy in residential buildings. Additionally, Alaska Craftsman Home Program hosts regular of free energy efficiency courses for both homeowners and professionals. And for all you micro-brew fans out there, Green Star and Alaska Energy Authority have teamed up with Alaska brewers to highlight the importance of energy efficiency (find out if your favorite local brewery is participating). For more information on Energy Awareness Month activities, go to www.akenergyefficiency.org.
 
Read on to learn how REAP is celebrating Energy Awareness Month!
 
Best,
 
Katie
Clean Energy Forum
"Saving Energy & Money in Your Home"
 
Wednesday, October 9th | 6:15 to 8:00 pm
Anchorage Museum Auditorium | 625 C Street 
 
FREE ADMISSION
 
log cabin pic REAP invites you to its next Clean Energy Forum on Wednesday, October 9th at the Anchorage Museum Auditorium. It's Energy Awareness Month so we'll be talking about ways you can reduce your home's heat and electric bills. Jimmy Ord of Alaska Housing Finance Corporation will give an overview of AHFC's residential energy efficiency programs and share his experiences making energy upgrades to his own home.
 
Not in Anchorage but still want to attend? Listen in and ask questions on our LIVE forum webinar! Click HERE to register.
2013-2014 Clean Energy Lecture Series

Join REAP on the second Wednesday of each month at the Anchorage Museum Auditorium for our FREE Clean Energy Lecture Series. Hear experts from across the state talk about a wide variety of energy topics. Click HERE for more information and a complete list of forum topics.
Member Spotlight - Tanana Chiefs Conference
New this month, REAP will highlight one of our Organizational Members and all their work promoting clean energy in each of our Newsletters. To begin, we interviewed Dave Pelunis-Messier of Tanana Chiefs Conference in Fairbanks. 
 
 
Galena residents helping assemble a solar array in their community
REAP: What's the biggest energy issue for rural Interior communities?
 
Dave: Stabilizing the high costs of heat and electric. While homeowners can burn wood to heat their homes, inefficient commercial buildings are getting squeezed, and this affects funding for jobs and school programs. TCC is working with schools, city buildings and tribal offices to utilize new, efficient building techniques and renewables to reduce their reliance on diesel fuel.
 
REAP: TCC recently passed a resolution to implement energy efficiency standards in the region. Can you tell us about this?
 
Dave: Energy has been the number one issue to tribal leaders in recent years, making energy efficiency a giant priority. In 2013 TCC tribal delegates passed a resolution saying that all new buildings constructed with public money must meet specific efficiency standards including R50 floors, R70 walls and R100 ceilings.
 
REAP: Why is being involved with REAP important to TCC?
 
Dave: Being involved with REAP allows smaller voices to have a seat at the table and help promote their energy priorities at a state level. Additionally, being a member of REAP gives us the opportunity to collaborate with other members of the organization.
LED Bulbs Mean Big Savings

Many homeowners are still undecided about investing in LED lightbulbs. To help put things into perspective, we creating the following infographic that compares the lifetime costs of one LED bulb to less efficient options.

 

RurAL CAP Americorps Positions

Do you want to help promote energy efficiency in Alaska? The Rural Alaska Community Action Program (RurAL CAP) is recruiting for 45 Americorps positions, including the Raven and Vista Power programs, which both focus on energy efficiency and conservation measures in communities across the state. Participants receive a monthly living allowance of approximately $1,200 and an education award of $5,500 following their year of service.

 

Applications for the Vista Power Program and Raven Program are due November 1st and November 15th respectively. Click HERE for more information.

EPA Grant for Youth Mentorship 

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grants for $5,000 or less are now available to Alaskan non-profit organizations, middle schools, high schools or school districts providing services to a community of 50,000 or less for programs focusing on community environmental stewardship through youth involvement. Proposals will be selected where youth are matched with a local environmental professional or teacher who will act as a mentor as they address a specific problem in the community and work to solve it.

 

Applications for the grant program are due by October 31st. Click HERE for more information.

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