In 2008 EFI established a fund that allows us to support initiatives undertaken by other nonprofit organizations and educational institutions, to which 5% of EFI’s annual net revenues is allocated. Each year EFI receives grant proposals submitted by outside organizations which are first reviewed by a subcommittee of EFI’s Board members and subsequently voted on by the full Board. This Spring EFI received a request for support from Center for EcoTechnology (CET), based in Northampton, Massachusetts, to support CET’s community-based outreach efforts and their EcoFellowship program. At EFI’s April Board of Directors meeting the Board approved their request and awarded a grant to CET.
Who is CET?
CET’s motto is “We make green make sense”, but what do they actually do? Simply put, CET helps people and businesses throughout the region save energy and reduce waste, often through community-based work. They work with regional and national partners to address climate change by transforming the way we live and work ‐ for a better community, economy, and environment. In 1982, CET was one of five non-profit organizations that founded EFI.
What Does CET Do?
In Western Massachusetts, CET administers the Mass Save program through which their staff perform residential, multi-family, and commercial energy audits in the region. CET has Green Building Services specialists qualified to provide Home Energy Ratings (mandated by cities and towns that have adopted the Massachusetts stretch energy code) and, as a LEED for Homes certification provider, CET works with builders and developers to ensure that new construction meets high standards for energy efficiency, which includes running training sessions for builders and stakeholders about compliance with Massachusetts’ base and stretch energy codes.
CET also promotes renewable energy in partnership with Mass Energy Consumer’s Alliance, and supports Solar Access, an income eligible program to make solar energy options available to low income households. CET also operates a program that helps businesses switch to solar hot water. They are one of the nation’s leading organization helping households, schools, restaurants, and other types of businesses reduce food waste and, through CET’s EcoBuilding Bargains, they operate a 30,000 square foot store in Springfield, Massachusetts that resells useable building materials and other products that would otherwise be disposed of during remodeling and construction projects.
The support provided by EFI, coupled with support from other sources, will allow CET to offer five one-year paid Eco-fellowships. Recent college graduates can apply to spend one year with CET to learn about and undertake community outreach related to climate action initiatives and educational programming. The competitive program attracts students from across the country. To-date CET has provided 34 Eco-Fellows with this opportunity.
To learn more about CET and the Eco-fellowship program visit cetonline.org.
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