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Green Homes Challenge Recognition 2014

Congratulations Certified Households! 

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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!  


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Photos by Russell Poole

Thank you to our 2014 Prize Donors and Sponsors!

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A Glory Energy Comprehensive Home Energy Project, up to $2,500
Donated by
Glory Energy
 Astrum.gif $1,000 Discount on a 5KW or Higher Solar System
Donated by
Astrum Solar
atlas_logo.jpg  One free Aeroseal Duct Sealing, valued at $1,950
Donated by
Atlas Home Energy Solutions
$500 Toward the Purchase of a Solar Electric System
Donated by
Solar Energy World
 HoltzopleLogo.jpg A One  Year Preventative Maintenance Agreement
Donated by
Holtzople Heating & Air Conditioning
 Home Energy Saving Solutions Free Energy Audits for three households
Donated by Home Energy Saving Solutions
 Frederick Air
1 Year of HVAC Maintenance
Donated by Frederick Air
Ecologia Design 
5 Signed Copies of Michael Judd's book "Edible Landscaping"
Donated by Ecologia
Final Logo BAR-T w Text.jpg  One Week of Camp
Donated by Bar-T
Stadler  $75 in Gift Certificates
Donated by Stadler Nurseries
Mosaic Power  A Mosaic Power Polo Shirt
Donated by Mosaic Power
 Parks and Rec
A Free Park Shelter Rental
Donated by Frederick County Parks & Recreation

$25 Gift Certificate for Revive Compos, a Free Composting Bin and a Recyling Gift Bag
Donated by Frederick County Department of Solid Waste Management

Gaver Farm
5 Free Passes to Gaver Farm
Donated by Gaver Farm
The Trailhouse
$30 Gift Card
Donated by The Trail House

 $50 Gift Certificate and a Terressentials Soap Basket
Donated by Terressentials

Photography Print
Donated by Donald Frame Photographer
Phoenix Imagery Press

Photography Print
Donated by Russ & Cindy Poole/Phoenix Imagery Press
Uncle Ralph's Cookies
Event Refreshments
Donated by Uncle Ralph's
 SMCLOGO.jpg A South Mountain Creamery Tour Valid for 10 Guests
Donated by South Mountain Creamery
 Distillery Lane Ciderworks2.jpg Cider Tasting for Four
Donated by Distillery Lane Ciderworks

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One Complimentary Wine Tasting for Two People 
Donated by
Linganore Winecellars
Event Refreshments
Donated by
Weis Markets

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