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Who We Are

The Monroe County Energy Challenge began in 2014 as a participant in the Georgetown University Energy Prize competition. While that challenge has ended, our mission continues to be helping our community reduce its energy use, improve quality of life, mitigate detrimental environmental impact, and save money in the process. 

The City of Bloomington's 2018 Sustainability Action Plan highlights MCEC's role in reducing building energy use in the Bloomington community 20% by 2023 to achieve environmental, economic, and social benefits for its members. Through outreach events, educational programs, and energy efficiency initiatives, we are working towards our vision of a community sustainably built on energy literacy, conservation, and equity. 

What We've Accomplished

  • Provided over 520 free Energy Assessments to homes in Monroe County

  • Air sealed and insulated 42 low-income homes with an estimated 10-year savings of over $149,000 and a greenhouse gas reduction of over 120,000 lbs/year

  • Partnered with Harmony, BHSS, and Edgewood high school students to teach 2nd-5th graders about renewable energy and energy conservation through our Solar, Wind, & Watts Roadshow. In all, we have visited over 70 classrooms across 12 schools and over 1,540 students

  • Distributed 1,500 free LED light bulbs to encourage energy-saving practices and technologies through Project Porchlight, with Duke Energy providing an additional 33,000 LED bulbs

  • Partnered with 25 companies representing over 7,000 employees and 55,000 residents as part of our Workplace Partner Program

  • Provided free Energy Assessments for 19 Child Care Centers, helping to improve our children's environment and reduce utility costs for local small businesses

  • Recognized 33 local Energy Leaders who demonstrated significant achievements in energy efficiency and sustainability

  • Hosted or participated in over 230 community events since 2015, including energy fairs, parades, weatherization demonstrations, presentations to the community, and more!

  • Designed a Mobile Energy Lab full of interactive activities to help our community better understand renewable energy generation and energy efficiency

  • Won the MIT Climate CoLab 2016 Buildings competition for RentRocket.org, a prototype website that empowers renters to see and compare utility costs and gain a better understanding of the full costs of renting

Who's Involved

The Monroe County Energy Challenge is made up of dedicated volunteers from a variety of disciplines:

  • Nolan Hendon: Conservation and Energy Resource Manager, City of Bloomington Utilities

  • Ellen Bergan: Indiana University Cox Scholar

  • Anees Azzouni: Energy Consultant

  • Jerry Ulrey:  Monroe County Environmental Quality and Sustainability Commission