Greener Faster Challenge set to take off

January 6, 2012 at 1:33 pm Leave a comment

The Greener Faster Challenge is set to start soon! We are looking for eco-heroes for a yearlong challenge to reduce your ecological footprint by 41%.

Last year, 6 Dane County families took on a yearlong commitment to reduce their eco-footprint by 40%. These families have completed the challenge, greatly changing their impact on the environment and creating an example for their communities. The search is on to find 5-10 individuals or families to take on the ultimate eco-test this coming year.

  • How much energy can you save?—the average WI household consumes 10,000 kWh/yr
  • How much less can you drive?—the average WI car owner drives 13,000 miles/yr
  • How much local and organic food can you eat?— food typically travels 1,500 miles
  • How much waste can you recycle?—the average person throws away 1,600 lbs of garbage/yr
  • How much water can you conserve?—the average WI household consumes 67,806 gallons/yr
  • How much money can you save?—the answer is up to you! (The average EnAct participant saves $400/yr)

The goal is a 41% reduction (compared to the WI averages above) to celebrate the 41st anniversary of Earth Day. The challenge will start in January 2012 and end in December 2012.

What We Need from You

  • A commitment to make significant changes, and to keep up the effort for a full year
  • Permission to share your story and picture online and with the media
  • Permission to periodically review your utility bills, odometer readings, and food bills
  • Willingness to blog or be interviewed for blogs or media stories

What We’ll Provide You

  • One-on-one consultations to help you make changes and save money
  • Free resources and more than 1,000 tips to reduce your ecological footprint
  • Recognition for your hard work
  • GREAT PRIZES for all participants! Last year’s prizes included a free bike from Dream Bikes, a year’s worth of Organic Valley milk, a free home energy audit from MG&E, a Water Sense low flow toilet, and more. This adds up to more than $1,500 in rewards! Look forward to similar great prizes for next year.

To Nominate Yourself
Email a 250-word essay explaining why you should be a Greener, Faster Challenge participant. Include your name, address, phone and email address, and the number of people in your household. Tell us about your current lifestyle, and why you are ready to make big changes. Participants will be selected from all nominations received.

Deadline for nominations is December 31st. Visit or call (608) 204-2888 for more details. Send your nomination to:  Entries will be reviewed by Madison Environmental Group, Inc. and EnAct sponsors.

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