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Go green, volunteers urge

By February 15, 2011

On Saturday, student volunteers coordinated by the CalPIRG Energy Service Corps interns will canvass Davis in an effort to educate homeowners and renters about energy-efficiency in their homes.

Volunteers will offer informational tips as well as an opportunity to sign up for a free energy walk-through of their home at a later date. In return, they’ll ask for pledge cards from residents who promise to work toward reducing their carbon footprint.

Saturday’s volunteers will put particular emphasis on areas with dense student populations.  Training is from 10 to 11 a.m. at Starbucks in the University Mall shopping center on Russell Boulevard, followed by canvassing in apartment complexes from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Canvassing will resume from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. after a lunch break.

For homeowners who request an energy walk-through, the Energy Service Corps interns will be trained by Davis Energy Group and PG&E. Their audit will include suggestions for ways to improve the efficiency of your home.

The Energy Services Corps program and  operates at 16 college campuses in California, with an educational mission to reduce energy use by educating communities about energy efficiency that will both save money and curb carbon emissions.

Kelly McBee, head of the Davis Energy Service Corps, says, “As a student of the university, I take a lot of pride in the city of Davis and I’m passionate about making it as ‘green’ and energy-efficient as I can. Working on this campaign has allowed me to meet some of the committed residents outside of campus already working to make Davis more green. I’m glad to be contributing to the community.”

Buildings consume nearly 40 percent of the nation’s total energy in heating, cooling and electricity use. The quickest and easiest way to cut down on the problems that come with burning fossil fuels for energy — from global warming pollution to air pollution that causes asthma and cancer to the environmental problems created in mining and drilling for coal and oil — is to use less energy, a news release said.

Enterprise staff

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