Mountain View, California (EastBayDaily) — Sustainable Silicon Valley (SSV), a collaborative association of organizations including leading businesses, governments and non-profits throughout Silicon Valley aimed at producing significant regional environmental improvement and resource conservation, is partnering with SSV member Ennovationz, a provider of free, expert and independent guidance to help make homes more energy efficient and green.
The partnership launches with The Ennovationz Greenathon, a year long, group competition starting Earth Day (April 22, 2010) to reduce residential CO2 emissions of employee and member organization households. Besides bragging rights as the ‘Greenest of the Green’ almost $20,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to groups and individual participants.
“The Silicon Valley region is playing an increasingly critical and visible role in the battle to combat climate change and we see Ennovationz as a valuable partner in that fight,” said Marianna Grossman, Executive Director of Sustainable Silicon Valley. “What’s unique about Ennovationz is that it adds tracking and accountability into the home, in strong alignment with our goal of demonstrating carbon reduction outcomes. Ennovationz empowers residents to measure and reduce the carbon footprint of their homes.”
And it’s not just Sustainable Silicon Valley joining up. Local companies and organizations including Echelon Corporation, SolutionSet and Astia have also pre-launch signups to the challenge. Clean Energy Associates, a provider of corporate green fairs, has partnered with Ennovationz and Sustainable Silicon Valley for employee outreach.
Ennovationz provides free-of-charge, tools and resources to groups and individuals to track energy consumption and carbon emissions including secure, automatic updates based upon actual utility bills. Groups and individuals can make commitments, create a personalized plan and monitor their actual progress toward meeting their goals.
“Twenty-percent of our nation’s energy consumption and carbon emissions come from our homes,” said Martha Amram, founder and CEO of Ennovationz.com. ”And what is alarming is that half of that energy is wasted. Overwhelmingly people are interested in improving their home energy efficiency and reducing their carbon footprint. By providing free expert advice and providing a fun, competitive environment with the Ennovationz Greenathon, we can make a measurable, positive impact.”
About Sustainable Silicon Valley
Started in 2001 by eight founding organizations, including the California Environmental Protection Agency, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, Silicon Valley Environmental Partnership with early involvement from the Santa Clara Valley Water District, Sustainable Silicon Valley (SSV) became an independent non-profit organization in 2004. SSV is a voluntary partnership of 118 businesses, governments, academic and non-governmental organizations collaboratively creating a more sustainable future for Silicon Valley. SSV partners pledge to help meet SSV’s regional target, set their own individual targets, report their progress, share information, and mentor one another in regular educational forums and meetings. For more information visit http://www.sustainablesiliconvalley.org .
Founded in 2007, Ennovationz provides free, expert and independent advice to individuals and groups on how to make their homes more energy efficient and green. Ennovationz also provides, upon request, no-obligation connections to high quality, local green home improvement service providers including solar installers, whole home retrofit contractors as well as to green financing partners. Learn more at http://www.ennovationz.com .
About the Ennovationz Greenathon
The Ennovationz Greenathon is a collaborative group competition to reduce residential CO2. The competition launches Earth Day 2010 (April 22) and includes both a 30-day Fast Start Competition and a yearlong Earth Day-to-Earth Day contest. Awards include a $10,000 cash prize for the winning non-profit group, energy efficient LCD TVs and Apple iPads. Groups interested in participating can contact Ennovationz at info(at)ennovationz(dot)com. Complete details at http://www.ennovationz.com/contest .
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