The Issue: Energy Conservation
Modifying buildings with energy-efficient upgrades can reduce consumption and save money on utilities. According to data cited by The Baltimore Energy Challenge, Energy Star appliances consume 10%–50% less energy than standard models; solar hot-water systems can save 50%–75% of hot-water costs; and solar energy can meet up to 100% of electricity needs in an average home.
The Campaign: Help Students Attend Conservation Summit
If this Grassroots campaign raises $1,500, then Baltimore Energy Challenge (BEC), a program at the Baltimore Community Foundation, can bring teams from two city schools to attend a green-energy summit. Each additional $750 raised will sponsor another city school to join the summit. In January, nine city schools accepted BEC’s challenge to lower their energy costs, and the organization provided each of them with resources to do so, including a $1,000 grant, materials, and the support of two BEC members. At each school, 6–20 students make up a green team that comes up with ideas for energy conservation. Some teams work on raising awareness through children’s books, educational videos, and brochures, and others take a hands-on approach through retrofitting projects aimed at reducing energy consumption. The Green Team Summit will connect the groups from each of the nine different schools to share their ideas, with the goal of building a network that can help them all to gain their Maryland Green Schools certifications and spread a sense of environmental stewardship in their communities.
To celebrate the launch of Groupon Grassroots, Groupon will provide a $1,000 kickoff grant to this campaign.