Kilowatt Kitty joined over 100 Bellingham Energy Prize supporters and partners to celebrate the campaign’s successes and accomplishments over the last four years. Energy Awards were given to the incredible partners, projects, and people involved in the campaign and the winner of the Trek bike drawing was announced!
The Bellingham Energy Prize has generated enormous community participation, with over 1,000 people signing up directly on the Energy Prize website and many more residents participating in energy savings programs, like the Community Energy Challenge. It has also solicited wide support from the Bellingham business community, with dozens of local partners like Kulshan Brewing, DeWard & Bode, and the Community Food Co-op hosting events, educating employees, and helping to promote the prize.
On Thursday evening, the Energy Year Celebration honored the individual people, projects, and partners that made the Bellingham Energy Prize such a success. Bellingham Public Schools won most inspirational partner with Sanitary Service Company and the City of Bellingham also nominated. Jeff Aslan & Annie Honrath’s certified Net Zero home won most inspirational project with The Leopold’s energy retrofits and Solarize Whatcom being close runners up. For most inspirational person, Alex Ramel won with Mark Gardner and Freeman (Fritz) Anthony recognized as well. Kilowatt Kitty also drew the winner for the $1,100 Trek bike giveaway, community member Renee Collins.
The Bellingham Energy Prize has been pawsitively incredible, bringing a fantastic amount of community organizations, businesses, and people together. The campaign which could win Bellingham $5 million, is currently holding strong at 4th place out of 50 cities nationally, and will be completed at the end of December 2016. For anyone who has yet to sign up and create their own energy savings plan they can do so through the end of December. As Kilowatt Kitty says, “It’s never too late to start saving! Right meow!”