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“Get Them Talking”: 6 Tips for Engaging the Community from Judy Hertz

2017-10-13T19:12:08+00:00 October 12th, 2017|Blog|

This post originally appeared on Smart Power Illinois. Energy leaders in Illinois gathered at this year’s 2017 ISEIF Surge Summit, during which they had the opportunity to learn from Judy Hertz, Executive Director of Midwest Academy. This year’s theme, “Organizing for Our Energy Future” focused on bridging the gap between energy and grassroots activism. We [...]

Going Green and Saving Green – What We Learned From Professor Kiesling

2017-10-12T21:27:19+00:00 October 12th, 2017|Blog|

At this fall’s Chicago “Surge Summit” event, hosted by the Illinois Science and Energy Innovation Foundation (ISEIF), local energy efficiency advocates got to hear from the fascinating fount of knowledge that is Professor Lynne Kiesling, an economist from Purdue University.Dr. Kiesling — arriving by bicycle, of course — illuminated the many ways that technology has changed our relationship with [...]

Reaching Spanish speakers through authenticity and trust

2017-07-27T20:04:33+00:00 July 27th, 2017|Blog|

Ivonne Ortiz conducts a utility bill clinic for Spanish speakers at the Mexican Consulate Following English, Spanish is the most commonly spoken language among Chicago residents. There are over 2 million residents in Chicago and its surrounding suburbs who are Latino, nearly 22 percent of the total population. Among this population, over 36 [...]

July 18: Attend an Online/Phone Information Session about ISEIF Grant Opportunities

2017-07-06T15:29:16+00:00 July 6th, 2017|Blog|

Interested in learning more about ISEIF's grant opportunities? The Foundation invites interested applicants to learn more about our grants and ask questions about our grantmaking philosophy and strategic direction. Staff will discuss Education/Outreach grants, as well as our Small Grants Program, designed for community organizations with extensive reach and no prior outreach in energy topics. [...]

Building the moral case for using less energy

2017-05-17T19:21:33+00:00 May 17th, 2017|Blog|

Faith in Place, an organization that engages communities of faith on environmental issues, is now in its fourth year of ISEIF funded work to inspire members of the faith community to take action on energy. For this post, we learned more about their statewide approach to their Smart Energy Program. In many ways faith communities share [...]

Three Little Questions – Patty Durand at Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative

2017-02-10T22:28:13+00:00 February 10th, 2017|Blog|

Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC) provides some of the most comprehensive and up-to-date research on the consumer’s journey in engaging the features, technologies, and programs enabled by the smart grid. We asked Patty Durand, President and CEO of SGCC, three little questions about how customers are engaging with smart grid technology and trends that are [...]

Marine Corps Energy Initiative: Changing behavior through group identity

2017-02-10T22:34:01+00:00 January 23rd, 2017|Blog|

How do you motivate someone to use less energy when they don’t pay for it and environmental impact isn’t a compelling reason? One answer is to tap into notions of group or individual identity—the characteristics we associate with ourselves and the communities to which we belong. A particularly good example of this is a campaign on fostering [...]

Enrolling in a demand response program could score you a manicure

2017-01-10T21:35:59+00:00 January 5th, 2017|Blog|

Our Small Grants Program supports local organizations with deep community ties that don’t necessarily have expertise on smart meters or consumer energy topics. Garfield Park Community Council (GPCC) is a great example of a local organization that has roots in Chicago’s predominantly low-income Garfield Park neighborhood. Its staff members have lived in the area most [...]

Watch “Empowered: An Energy Story”

2016-11-17T20:00:08+00:00 November 10th, 2016|Blog, Videos|

Empowered has played for over a million guests as part of the Shedd Aquarium’s aquatic show. Focusing on responsible energy use, the video highlights the many ways that Shedd conserves energy while explaining that smart meters will enable everyone to think differently about their collective energy use. The video was an in-house collaboration between Shedd’s media and [...]