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YEEC’s own Eric Hopkins a People’s Coice Award nominee

Congratulations to Eric Hopkins, co-founder and Chair of the York Energy Efficiency Committee. He is one of three finalists for the Natural Resources Council of Maine’s People’s Choice Award for his “extraordinary service for Maine’s environment.” And until September 1, you can vote for Eric on the NRCM web site at http://nrcm.kintera.org/peopleschoice.

Below is how the NRCM describes Eric:

About the nominee: Eric is the founder/chairman of the York Energy Efficiency Committee, a non-profit organization promoting energy efficiency, conservation, and renewable energy in local schools, government, and the broader community. Through hard work and multiple presentations, Eric convinced the York Board of Selectman to allow

  • successful ballot initiatives requiring all new municipal buildings to obtain Silver LEED Certification
  • creation of an official Town Energy Steering Committee to perform energy audits on all town buildings
  • authorization of $100,000 in annual energy efficiency spending for town buildings, and
  • creation of a PACE financing district in York allowing homeowners to access federally funded weatherization and energy efficiency loans.Eric is a special education teacher by profession. He developed a multimedia curriculum for students called “Understanding Energy in the 21st Century,” which he has presented to hundreds of kids in local schools. Currently, Eric is launching a fundraising initiative to put solar panels on York schools, with the goal powering all of the student laptops for a full year. One of the remarkable aspects of all of this work is that Eric has never been paid a dime for his efforts. This seems truly heroic in our age of materialistic pursuits.

So don’t forget to vote for Eric at http://nrcm.kintera.org/peopleschoice.

 

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