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Hometown Rewards to hold free sustainability workshops

NORTH LIBERTY– As part of the Hometown Rewards efforts in North Liberty, the city is excited to introduce the Hometown Rewards Sustainability Workshops. This series of free workshops will feature practical information on sustainable topics ranging from green building and renewable energy to composting and weatherization– all designed to help you save resources and money.

The workshops will take place on Saturdays at the North Liberty Community Center though July 2013. Workshop topics will include:
October 2012–Weatherization Basics.
January 2013– Residential Renewable Energy Sources and Funding.
March 2013– Energy Wise Training and Planting Trees to Maximize Energy-Efficiency.
May 2013– Acting Locally: Backyard Storm Water Management Practices that have Global Impacts.
July 2013– Composting and Recycling Workshop.
The workshops are free, but attendees are encouraged to register by contacting Maggie Wiederin at mwiederin@ci.north-liberty.ia.org or 319-626-5768. For additional workshop information, please visit northlibertyiowa.org/hometownrewards.

Free energy-efficiency rehab training
The City of DeWitt and City of North Liberty are co-hosting the Center on Sustainable Communities’ (COSC) free statewide Energy-Efficiency Rehab Training. The workshops support North Liberty’s participation in Alliant Energy’s Hometown Rewards program and offer the state’s most comprehensive building renovation training focusing on sustainable techniques and energy efficiency. Part one of the training was held in DeWitt on Sept. 14 and 15, and part two will take place in North Liberty on Oct. 5 and 6.
COSC’s free statewide Energy-Efficiency Rehab Training is open to anyone with an interest in sustainable building techniques and energy efficiency, including builders, contractors, architects, realtors, lenders, sub-contractors, inspectors, assessors, city staff, developers, students, homeowners and building owners. Contractors and other building professionals who attain a certificate of completion from the course will be placed on a preferred vendor list promoted across Iowa.
For more information on this training and to register online, please visit www.icosc.com. Or, you can email COSC at info@icosc.com or call 515-277-6222. Registration for this free training is required.

Take the pledge
Remember to take North Liberty’s Hometown Rewards pledge and tell us how you plan to save energy and resources while helping North Liberty meet its Hometown Rewards goals. After pledging, you can vote for your favorite reward for the community, should the city meet its goals. Options include a new energy-efficient splash pad, new LED lights for the city’s ball fields, or new LED pedestrian lights.
Visit www.alliantenergy.com/northliberty to take the Hometown Rewards pledge and then vote for your favorite community prize.

Share your stories
We know that many committed North Liberty residents are going green at home, work and school. We want to hear about what you are doing.
Hometown Rewards is looking for stories on sustainability form North Liberty residents and businesses. Are you replacing your incandescent light bulbs or washing your clothes in cold water? Have you gotten a Home Energy Assessment? Are you recycling or composting at home or work? Have you installed rain barrels or low-flow showerheads?
Share your successful, enlightening or funny stories about going green and help us to inspire others. Contact mwiederin@ci.north-liberty.ia.org to share your story.