September 23, 2011
Patterson Bowling Center
Home Grown City
Please join us May 30th from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM at Mill No. 1 for the signature sounds of Wild Bill Jones with Caleb Stine and delectable food from Clementine!
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NDC Community Energy Savers Neighborhood Workshops
In the fall and winter of 2011, the NDC helped residents of Baltimore’s Abell, Better Waverly, and Harwood neighborhoods conserve energy and save money on their utility bills through home energy efficiency upgrades. Four Energy Savers workshops were held in these neighborhoods held in the Better Waverly 1, Better Waverly 2 (Abbottston), Harwood, and Abell neighborhoods (Click on each neighborhood name to see pictures from the Energy workshops).
Each workshop included educational presentations by partner organizations Civic Works Project Lightbulb, Baltimore Neighborhood Energy Challenge, Rebuilding Together Baltimore, and Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE). Moreover, the workshops featured hands-on demonstrations of simple DIY home energy upgrades, including weatherstripping doors, sealing gaps and cracks with caulk and spray foam sealant, and insulating windows. Following these demonstrations, each attendee received a free DIY Home Energy Kit to encourage them to make the demonstrated energy efficiency upgrades in their own homes. In total, 85 people participated in the fall and winter Energy Savers workshops.
Importantly, in a survey of workshop attendees conducted in January, 2012 (with a household response rate of 60%), approximately 80% of respondents reported having implemented at least one DIY home energy upgrade or energy saving measure. In addition to behavioral changes, survey respondents reported having:
- Insulated approximately 80 windows;
- Caulked or weatherstripped approximately 50 doors and windows;
- Installed 8 door bottoms (sweeps).
Finally, besides motivating home energy efficiency improvements, the workshop also helped build community. For example, one respondent said, “I have to say, the presentations were uniformly excellent... All of the demonstrations were very clear and understandable, yet at the same time quite detailed. Almost the most important: everyone in the room seemed energized and engaged, and, during lunch, people met neighbors they didn’t know, and the feeling in the room was one of unity and purpose. Wonderful!”
The workshop series was a great success, and we greatly appreciate continued support from the Waverly Ace Hardware, our DIY volunteers, and our workshop hosts. Finally, thank you to our partner the Greater Homewood Community Corporation, as well as to The Loading Dock and Sandtown Habitat for Humanity ReStore for their donations of a door and window for our weatherization demonstrations.
Bowl-a-Rama 2 a Success!
12 Lanes, 64 bowlers, 140 donors, $11,311 raised to help local neighborhoods
Thank you to everyone who bowled, sponsored a team, or made a donation to NDC's Bowl-a-Rama 2 - you helped us raise $11,311 dollars that will support the planning and design services that we provide to communities throughout the area. In particular, thank you to Harriett Roberts Harvey for chairing the event.
It was a great evening - plenty of food and drink (amazing pizza from Johnny Rad's) and fun all around - several of teams looked great in their coordinated bowling attire and we loved the team cheers (even the ones made up on the spot). Click HERE to see pictures. Award winners for the evening were:
Elizabeth "Toots" Award (High Bowlers): Emily Reid and Deborah Dietrich, BCT Ducks
Bowling is Fun Award (Most Spirited): Architecture for Humanity
Jesus Quintana Award (Best Form): Sean Kefferstan, HCM
Bawlmer Award (Best Dressed): Gutter Girls