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GREEN INITIATIVES: Energy Challenge Teams

The City of Cortland is a participating community in the Central New York Energy Challenge. The CNY Energy Challenge has developed a team model to provide homeowners with support for taking action towards improving your home’s energy performance. The City is currently seeking motivated individuals to serve as Energy Challenge Team Facilitators. If you are interested in being an Energy Challenge Team Facilitator please contact CNY Energy Challenge Coordinator Sam Gordon at (315) 422-8276 ext.204 or by e-mail at

The Energy Challenge Team Facilitator’s role is to recruit team members, organize and conduct meetings following a facilitator guidebook, and to schedule a comprehensive home energy assessment. Facilitators must also participate in a preliminary training session where they will be introduced to the Facilitator Guidebook, Participant Workbook, and receive other materials and information to support their role.

The Energy Challenge Teams are made up of 5-8 households who meet over the course of 6 weeks following a guidebook. The Energy Challenge Team guidebook covers five different categories of actions for your home – from learning to calculate how much energy you use to improving insulation in your home. The team-based approach allows for peer-to-peer support, sharing, and learning.

Join a Team and:

SAVE: The Challenge was created to help you achieve long-lasting energy savings in your home; how much can YOU save?

LEARN: Follow the Energy Team guidebook – with fun and useful information for taking action to reduce your energy intake.

SOCIALIZE: Challenge your friends, neighbors, and co-workers to form a team. Teams consist of 5-8 households and meet bi-weekly for about 1 hour over 6 weeks. So far Teams have met during their lunch hour at work, after neighborhood meetings, around the dinner table, and even in church basements. Where you gather is up to you.

IMPROVE: By following the guidebook you will discover ways to upgrade your home, lower your energy costs, and make your home more comfortable.

Please click the button below learn more about the CNY Energy Challenge or to sign up to participate in the Energy Challenge Team program:

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