Our third annual Green Homes Challenge Recognition held on March 26, 2014 was a great success! The event was held at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center in downtown Frederick and we celebrated the efforts of 300 households who completed certification in the Power Saver, Green Leader and/or Renewable Star Challenges.
Frederick County Commissioners David Gray and Paul Smith, City of Frederick Alderman Kelly Russell, and Myersville Mayor Wayne S. Creadick spoke in support of the Challenge and commended the efforts of the Office of Sustainability and Environmental Resources (OSER) as a whole. The duo "Sustainably Smooth with Ponyboy Blues" provided music for the evening and 31 Certified Challenge Takers won great prizes from our event sponsors. Green Homes Challenge Green Ambassador Ron Kaltenbaugh won the top grand prize, a $2,500 Home Energy Retrofit project from Glory Energy Solutions. He decided that his home wasn't in need of an additional project and, in a gesture of good will, gave his prize to Certified Challenge participant Nicole Robinson. Additional grand prize winners included Madelyn and Gerald Blair, who won an Aeroseal Air Duct Sealing from Atlas Home Energy Systems valued at $1,950, and Chad and Karen Baker. The Bakers won a $1,000 discount on a 5kW or higher solar system from Astrum Solar.
Upcoming OSER initiatives were also highlighted including the Refrigerator Exchange Program launched during the event, a recently awarded grant for a second Power Saver Retrofit program which will be implemented later in 2014, and a pilot Neighborhood Green program to reduce stormwater pollutants in targeted Frederick County neighborhoods.
Thank you to all of our Green Ambassadors and members of the Frederick County Sustainability Commission who helped out with the event and congratulations once more to the Certified Households!