The Energy Challenge held a press conference on Friday at the UMass Dartmouth Star Store in New Bedford as the first step in the full Challenge launch–and it was awesome! Featuring SEEAL director Jennifer Marshall Grantham as the MC, the press kickoff was well attended and festive.
Abbey Spargo, Education Programs Coordinator from the Ocean Explorium spoke on the ramifications of Climate Change, and the immediate environmental benefits of conserving energy. After Abbey spoke, I introduced the crowd to the amazing Challenge website. I also had the privilege of announcing that we reached our goal of 200 participants just before the press conference!
Ann Richard, Fairhaven resident & middle school teacher talked about why she is taking the Challenge, and challenged other residents to do the same! Derek Christianson of Brix Bounty Farm in Dartmouth announced his participation in the Energy Challenge Rewards Program–designed to reward residents for taking energy saving action. He reflected on the critical link between food and energy, and his commitment to energy efficiency AND growing nutritious, local food!
Finally, Mayor Scott Lang of New Bedford spoke in support of the Challenge. He said, on a personal level, he is doing everything he can to cut his energy consumption. On behalf of the City, Mayor Lang has pledged to make energy efficiency a priority in all municipal buildings.
We are so grateful to everyone who participated in our launch, including all the amazing speakers and attendees, and SEEAL partner organizations. A huge thank you also to the UMass Dartmouth Star Store and staff–we could never have hung that banner without you! We are so excited to be fully launched!