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  1. Low Income Weatherization At the Intersection of Environmental Engagement and Community Service

  2. Williams College Sarah Rowe Todd Holland Engineer Project Manager • Senior • 3 years with Winter Blitz

  3. Williams College | The Zilkha Center • Liberal Arts • 2200 Students • 1050 Employees • 450 + 2900 Acres • 4 Staff • SUSTAINABILITY • Greenhouse Gas Emissions • Green Buildings • Energy Efficiency • Sustainable Food & Agriculture

  4. The Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives Stephanie Boyd Amy Johns Brent Wasser Todd Holland

  5. A Tale of Two Cities Williamstown North Adams

  6. A Tale of Two Cities Williamstown North Adams Mill Town Pop. 13,600 21 square miles Median income $35,000 22.3% below poverty line • College Town • Pop. 8400 • 47 square miles • Median income $52,000 • 5.5% below poverty line

  7. Air sealing is most cost effective

  8. Weatherization Summary • Mass Save energy audit program • 9 Rental Units at Williams College • Cost after rebate = $5400 (per unit) • GHG reduction = 4.7 tonnes per year • Estimated annual savings = $1600 • Payback = 3.3 years

  9. Fuel Assistance Criteria • LIHEAP Eligibility • $31k annual income, one person • $60k annual income, family of four

  10. Winter Blitz

  11. Tools of the Trade STUFF WE CAN DO • Caulk • Spray foam • Weatherstripping • Pipe wrap • Light bulbs • Window wrap (temporary storms) STUFF WE DON’T USE • Faucet aerators • Shower heads • Ladybugs • Outlet and switchplate gaskets

  12. 6:00 am • Student leaders and planning committee gather to set up the day • Begin to consume large amounts of coffee

  13. 8:30 am • Planning committee sets up supplies, picks up lunches • Leaders start arriving for training

  14. 10:00 am • Check-in for volunteers • Transportation for volunteers arrives

  15. 10:30 am • Volunteer send-off!

  16. 10:30 am – 3:00 pm • Volunteers work on homes in the community • Each team does two houses; change homes around 12:30

  17. 6:00 pm • Follow up pizza party for volunteers • Supply sorting and inventory for next year

  18. Student Engagement • Reaching beyond the “choir” • Focusing on already existing student groups: teams, freshman houses, orientation groups • Emphasize team building aspects • “Who are you signing up with?”

  19. Student Engagement • Recruiting strategy • Frequent and personalized communication with volunteers • Reach out to sports captains, leaders in Residential Life, other campus leaders • Harness social pressure of freshman houses by making it a competition

  20. Student Engagement • Teach students very basic skills • No commitment to long training process • Give clearly-outlined times to volunteers • Avoids over-commitment issues • Makes event more unusual and exciting

  21. Challenges • Collaboration with Community Organizations • Supply Logistics

  22. Collaboration with Community Organization • Work with community organization • Dependent on others to reach out to homes • This year, reaching out to greater number of organizations

  23. Supply Logistics • Predicting supply usages and storage • 1300 leftover outlet gaskets in 2011

  24. Questions?