Thirteen new interns began their spring semester employment with the SouthCoast Energy Challenge after a recent training in energy efficiency and community outreach. Among them were 5 UMass Dartmouth students: Dustin Roderigues, Eli Garcia, Grace Grover, Michael Broadbent, and Ken Holloway.
Dustin Roderigues is a freshmen in Engineering; Eli Garcia, a sophomore in Liberal Arts; Grace Grover, a junior in Digital Media; Michael Broadbent, a freshman in Computer Science; and Ken Holloway, a junior in Finance and Accounting. Ken and Dustin have been promoted this semester to Lead Interns. They will be attending events throughout the region to educate residents on ways to save money by saving energy.
The SouthCoast Energy Challenge is a friendly competition among towns with the goal of reducing energy use in the SouthCoast by 15% during the next 3 years. The Challenge guides individuals and families to take personal actions to reduce their carbon footprint. Besides signing up for the Challenge and learning energy-saving actions, residents can obtain no-cost home energy assessments that have a value of up to $600. So far over 8,300 residents are participating in the Challenge and the 13 spring interns have a combined goal of increasing that number by 3,000 before June first.