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May 4, 2011, Greencastle, Ind — A recent Banner Graphic article announced, “The Buy Local Bucks Program for energy efficiency encourages the purchase of energy-efficiency home upgrades from local businesses by offering a “rebate” which can be used at any participating local business.”
The article quotes Chamber President Amber Bowers, who said, “I’m encouraged by the number of households that are participating in the Energy Savings Pledge. The Buy Local Bucks program is a great way to reward those individuals who are willing to make an effort to increase their awareness and decrease tier energy consumption.”
Laurie Hardwick, who chairs the Chamber’s Buy Local Committee, is hopeful local businesses take advantage of the opportunity to participate. “It is a win-win program for all parties involved,” Hardwick said. “It encourages local purchases both for energy-efficiency items, and then at other local establishments. There is no cost to our participating merchants.”
More information on the Buy Local Bucks program, which began on May 1, is available here.
May 16, 2011, Greencastle, Ind. — The North Putnam Community School Corporation took a little more than three months to pass a one-year goal for the number of Putnam RISE Energy Savings Pledges collected within its community. Since the effort began on Feb. 1, 545 North Putnam households have made pledges.
While securing broad participation across the community, North Putnam continues to be led by Bainbridge Elementary School students, whose families have completed 257 pledges as shown in the chart below.
The Energy Savings Pledges make up one portion of a Putnam RISE Energy Challenge competition among Putnam County school corporations. The school corporation community with the highest rate of Energy Savings Pledges per student by Dec. 1 will win a $5,000 cash prize. Visit the Energy Challenge Homes & Communities page for more details on the awards and a community progress chart showing North Putnam in 1st place followed by the Cloverdale, Greencastle and South Putnam school communities.
A total of 1,106 Putnam County households have made a pledge thus far.