Interested in Helping Others Use Less Energy? 2017 Energy Navigator Trainings Begin in March

The training prepares volunteers to help others understand and reduce energy use in the community...

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"Illuminating", "Instructive", "Helpful", & "Fun"

These are some of the words participants have used to describe the volunteer Energy Navigator program, whose second round of training begins in March 2017. Volunteer Energy Navigators from all over Tompkins County learn to reduce their own energy use and save money, and help other community members do the same.

Volunteers complete ten hands-on classes that cover a range of topics in energy efficiency, renewable energy and heating options, and learn about relevant incentives and financing. Transportation, local food, and waste reduction are also covered. Following the training, volunteers commit to helping at least two other community members reduce their energy use by taking steps that are important to them.

2016 Energy Navigator training with Energy Expert Mark Pierce
2016 Energy Navigator training with Energy Expert Mark Pierce

In 2016, over a dozen Energy Navigators supported over 80 friends, family members, colleagues, and contacts from their faith organizations with actions that together will help them save over $100,000 and reduce their collective carbon emissions by over 350 tons. Here are some things participants have said about the program:

"For me the Energy Navigator program has been very helpful and informative and motivating, and fun too!"

"The program has helped me identify how I can help my community be more energy efficient."

"The Energy Navigator training has broadened my knowledge on many levels; been an excellent group to get to know; [and] given me hope for spreading the energy good news..."

For more information, please visit the Get Your Greenback website. If you are interested in broadening your knowledge of energy efficiency and helping positively impact others' energy goals, please fill out the 2017 Energy Navigator Interest Form or contact Karim Beers at kwb6@cornell.edu.

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