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Energy Efficiency Programs for Residents
These programs include Low-income free appliance replacements, free weatherization assistance, all-residents energy audits and more>>
Tax credits are available at 30% of the cost, up to $1500, in 2009 and 2010 for existing homes only for: windows and doors, insulation, roof, HVAC, water heaters (non-solar) and biomass stove. Read more>>
State incentives for renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Stay Warm Save Money
The U.S. DOE's campaign to help consumers be more energy efficient and save on energy costs.
Clean and Affordable Energy
The DC City Council unanimously passed "The Clean and Affordable Energy Act of 2008". Read more.
ENERGY STAR has designed new interactive tools!
1) Bring Your Green To Work: Tool to help teach employees what they can do in their own workspace to save energy and help the environment
2) Kids Be an Energy Star: Tool to help educate kids about what they can do in their own space i.e. their room
Gore Presses America to Institute Energy Reform
Former vice President Al Gore urged Americans to convert all electricity to wind, solar, and other renewable energy sources within 10 years. Read more
A Nobel Challenge -Gore calls for bold moves and a common effort to solve climate crisis in his
Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech.
EPA Issues Warning for Human Health
The US Environmental Protection Agency released a new report, stating the dangers of global warming to the human health. Intensified heat waves, more powerful hurricanes, and shrinking water supplies are among the concerns--especially for the elderly, the poor, and those in the inner city. Read the EPA release
July 1, 2008 Energy Bill Passed
The DC Council, on July 1st, unanimously passed the full first reading of the
Clean and Affordable Energy Act, which seeks to reduce Washington D.C.’s energy usage while expanding the area’s access to renewable energy sources. Read more
Londoun County reports a pledge of 1,365,810 lb of carbon dioxide emission reduction
Londoun County Board of Supervisors past a resolution to adopt the Cool Capital Challenge to reduce Carbon Emissions by 1,365,810 lb. The pledge starts July 1st 2008, and ends June 30th 2009.
Fairfax County reports massive CO2 emission reduction and receives a Cool award.
Council of Governments endorses the Cool Capital Challenge
COG encourages its 21 member jurisdictions to participate in the challenge and wants to join as a corporate entity. Read more>>
Londoun County Board of Supervisors voted to join the Cool Capital Challenge
Londoun County oficials pledge to help reduce the region's greenhouse gas emissions and encourage more environmentally friendly buildings. Read more>>
COG tax rebate - How to Use Economic Stimulus Checks To Benefit the Environment and Your Wallet
"Now that the economic stimulus checks are on the way, citizens wanting to save energy and money at the same time can turn those greenbacks into “green purchases” that help the environment and also get more green ---back!" Read more>>
Cool Capital Challenge on The Kojo Nnamdi Show WAMU 88.5 FM
Earth Day and Mainstream Environmentalism Program. Listen to this segment by clicking on real audio or windows media on the top right corner.
Cool Capital Challenge on Spanish Newspaper
Show your support for Cool Capital with our new long-sleeve t-shirts and yard signs! Also available is the Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings. Perfect for upcoming house parties being planned into the new year, these products can be purchased by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
T-Shirts (S-XXL): $20
Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings: $17
Yard Signs: Free
Cool Capital on Facebook
Help us spread the word on Facebook. Join the group "Cool Capital Challenge" and tell all your friends to take the challenge.
Cool Expands Low-Income Homebuyer Trainings
Cool Capital is launching a partnership to train low-income tenants and homebuyers in saving money through energy efficiency. This builds on existing outreach to low-income housing projects done by many Cool Partners, including DC Department of the Environment, Earth Day Network, Greater Washington Interfaith Power & Light, Green Home, Latino Federation of Greater Washington, and Washington Parks & People.
Maryland Study Finds Clean Energy Could Be Next BioTech
A 2007 study commissioned by the State of Maryland has found that energy efficiency and renewables, the world's fastest growing industries, could take root in the Washington region with massive job generation and economic benefits for the entire area. The study suggests that investment in energy efficiency and renewables could generate 144,000 new jobs in the region over the next 20 years.
Cool Co-Founder Dr. Lara Hansen Joins in Nobel Peace Prize
Dr. Lara Hansen, Chief Climate Scientist for the World Wildlife Fund and a co-founder of the Cool Capital Challenge, will join with 2,000 other scientists in receiving the Nobel Peace Prize as a member of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), whose dramatic findings have galvanized climate action around the world.
Officials in King County and other places are rethinking the way their communities grow and operate, all with an eye toward reducing their overall carbon footprint.
D.C. Council Targets Energy Use With New Program
ACEEE Offers Consumers Help to Reduce High Heating Bills
In its latest report (9/30/07) on the staggering pace of regional carbon emissions that now outstrip a number of entire countries, the Washington Post also noted the progress of the Cool Capital Challenge as the region's immediate direct action to counter the climate crisis.
DC Councilmember Cheh Announces Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goals
Arlington County Fresh AIRE program
Check Arlington County Fresh AIRE events to help you green your home or building.
Energy Efficiency Expo
The Cool Capital Challenge joined the Office of the People's Council and other 66 organizations for its 14th Energy Efficiency Expo at the Washington Convention Center last Saturday November 14th, 2009. Read more>>
The Cool Capital Challenge participated in Fiesta DC thanks to our partner the Latino Federation of Greater Washington. This year more than 70,000 people attended this Latino Festival celebrated on Sunday September 27th. Fiesta DC was created to promote the Latino culture in the Washington Metropolitan Region since 1971 and since then it has brought together thousands and thousands of people.
Car Free Day
Last September 22nd, thousands of people gathered at F Street between 7th and 9th Street in Washington DC and in other parts of the world to remind the world that we and our cities can be healthier without cars. The Cool Capital Challenge didn't miss this opportunity to reach the community and raise awareness and ask for commitment. Read more>>
On Thursday September 10th, the Cool Capital Challenge was at the Central Library in China Town raising awareness, developing understanding and asking for commitment from people to taking simple actions to save energy, money and the environment.
Green Summer Program
Between June 23rd and August 21, 2009, youth, team leaders, and groups of non-profit organizations will be leading this DDOE program to empower youth with knowledge on energy, watershed, parks and trees issues.
On Tuesday May 5, 2009, Earth Day Network celebrated Earth Day at Thurgood Marshall Academy. Different organizations and programs including Cool Capital Challenge were there making hands-on demonstrations to the high school kids, their families and their teachers. See a picture here.
Cool At The Columbia Heights Mall
On Saturday April 18th, 2009 there was an Earth Day Celebration at the Columbia Heights Mall. Thanks to the ideas of three Youth Carbon Busters: Alexander Gómez, Carlos Montufar and Moisés Alvarenga from the Latin American Youth Center. Cool Capital Challenge held an event at the Columbia Heights Mall to celebrate Earth Day. There were fun demonstrations for families at the entrance of the Mall and information on how to join the challenge to save energy and money was delivered.
For A Safe And Clean Community
On Saturday April 11th, 2009, the Office of Latino Affairs held a Community Fair at in Columbia Heights where Cool Capital Challenge attended and delivered bilingual information to the neighborhood community on how to join this program and ways to reduce energy use.
MCS Staff Meeting
Cool Capital Challenge made a presentation to the staff of Multicultural Community Service on April 16th at 1:30pm to encourage them and their networks to take the challenge. The team "Multicultural Community Service" was created under the group "Non-profits" so staff members and their networks can take the challenge on behalf of this team.
Latino Youth Conference
Cool Capital Challenge was at the Latino Youth Conference on Saturday April 11th from 4:30 to 5:30 encouraging the Latino Youth to be part of Cool Capital. The conference was a free-day long event for Latino high school students (mainly 9th, 10th and 11th) in DC, Maryland and Virginia. This conference included panels and workshops on how to prepare for college, why go to college, how to get financial aid and scholarship, as well as speakers and campus tours. For more information contact Marcy Fink Campos at email@example.com.
DC Youth Environmental Alliance YOUTH SUMMIT - March 14,2009
High school students came together from across Washington D.C. to protect the environment and green their schools and communities and to learn how to start an environmental group, work with school administrators, start a school recycling program, save money by saving energy and green your school and learn how to lead climate action through the Cool Capital Challenge.
Power Shift 2009 - Feb 27-March 2
Young people from across the country will converge on Washington D.C. to take a message of bold, comprehensive and immediate federal climate action to Capitol Hill". Read more>>
Good Jobs Green Jobs National Conference - February 4-6, 2009
Come to this leading forum for shaping the national debate about investment in clean energy and green technologies.Government decision-makers and elected officials will join more than 2,000 labor, environmental and business advocates to forge and agenda for a refashioned, green economy. Cool Capital Challenge will be there. Check out the brochure for more information.
Good Jobs Green Jobs National Conference
Cliff Majersik of IMT and Cool Capital Challenge presented at the Good Jobs Green Jobs National Conference on February 4, 2009 in Washington DC. The panel, "Spurring Private Investment in the Local Green Economy," focused on how to encourage private interest in the green economy on a local level, emphasizing the role of private capital. The panel was moderated by Kate Gordon, Co-Director of the Apollo Alliance. Other panelists included Michael Caplin of the Office of Economic Development of the City of Berkeley, Herve Houdre of Washington DC's Willard Hotel, and Emmaia Gelman of the Center for Working Families.
Obama's Call to Service - January 19, 2009
Cool Capital Challenge Volunteers and staff were outside the Kid's concert handing out thousands of flyers to promote the Youth Campaign.
Cool Capital Hosts Inaugural Ball - January 17, 2009
A Community Ball to Combat Climate Change! Cool Capital and the Sierra Club had a Cool celebration of the 2009 inauguration on January 17 at the Jospehine Butler Parks Center. Live Band: North East Corridor. See what the Washington Post had to say about the event.
Cool Capital Youth Task Force Meeting - January 10, 2009
Join the Cool Capital Challenge for our Task Force Meeting on January 10 at 10am at the Josephine Butler Parks Center at 2437 15th Street NW Washington DC. This time we want you to invite as many grassroots youth leaders as you can. The purpose of this meeting is to promote what each current and new task force member organizations are doing, find out what events are coming up through spring to find a way to integrate them, coordinate an action plan for the campaign, and prepare for Service Day, Earth Week and Cool Summer together.