Northeast Iowa is home to the first of its kind locally-led energy transition organization, namely, the Winneshiek Energy District. Empowered Winneshiek County residents are paving the way to an energy transition by supporting the Energy District's efforts in economic development, energy planning, community outreach, and public policy. These efforts affect the way county residents consume and think about energy. Northeast Iowa is without a doubt beautiful - both community and environment set the region apart. Among the more traditional features on the list (love the bluffs!), the Winneshiek Energy District is an addition to the Northeast Iowa list of "bragging rights".
In its partnership with Green Iowa AmeriCorps, the Winneshiek Energy District has provided over 34,000 hours of community service. The team of five AmeriCorps members continues to help residents cut down on their utility bills and carbon footprints through the Direct Install program. Accessible to everyone in the county, a Direct Install provides low-impact, high-performance energy improvements including the following: Combustion Appliance Zone testing, air sealing following an initial blower door test, switching light bulbs to CFLs and LEDs, and exchanging inefficient water fixtures. All labor comes at no cost.
Everyone consumes energy, and thus, there is an opportunity for everyone to make a difference in our local economy and environment. I am grateful to live in a community that makes the work of the Winneshiek Energy District possible. At the forefront of local energy conservation, the nonprofit has generated $1 million in energy efficiency investments which are projected to produce over $3 million in energy savings. With more community action and support, work toward the Energy District’s vision continues - "prosperous communities that are resilient to climate change through energy efficiency and powered by renewable energy." Contributions from friends and neighbors make the continuation and expansion of the Winneshiek Energy District's programs possible. Learn about the energy transition and make a gift online at energydistrict.org - now that's community!
Disclaimer: Not only am I an ardent lover of all things Decorah and a born and bred native, but I've also committed 1700 hours over the next 10 months of my personal and career life to ensure that the Winneshiek Energy District will lead the nation in community energy action. As a member of the Green Iowa AmeriCorps team, engagement in community as citizen, neighbor and educator is my favorite part of the program.