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Posted on: April 25, 2014

[ARCHIVED] $CORE Program Works with Renters to Increase Household Efficiency

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In its second year and with funding from the City of Eugene’s Waste Prevention and Green Building program and EWEB, the $CORE program’s Student Energy Educators visited 78 homes and helped more than 250 students change their habits and install energy-saving materials that reduce their utility bills. The program engages students by promising monetary savings and reduced environmental impact. The success of the $CORE program depends on peer-to-peer interaction. Student Energy Educators attend a weekend training where they learn energy concepts, such as how small behavior changes can save energy; they also learn how to perform in-home energy audits. Students gain valuable skills by leading all aspects of the $CORE program, including ordering inventory, scheduling assessments, and outreach/marketing. Oversight and administration is provided by the UO Office of Sustainability.

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