Neighbors learn that you don't need electricity to make a fruit smoothie at the Whitelock Harvest Festival (10/7/12)
In 2012, Reservoir Hill learned that washing machines can be both witty and energy conscious. And even if our comic strips about energy savings were trying to make cold-water settings and clotheslines funny, the overall purpose of the Flip the Power campaign—conceived, drawn, and produced by neighborhood youth—was to highlight the simplest, cheapest and most effective energy saving actions related to washing, lighting, and heating.
With support from Baltimore City Office of Sustainability, RHIC recruited more than 230 people to sign the Flip the Power energy saving pledge. Residents committed to turn off lights, wash clothes in cold water, and turn down the thermostat, and in exchange they received Baltimore Energy Challenge energy saving kits and had the opportunity to register for a Project Lightbulb home visit. Between the Project Lightbulb visits, a completely free service in which AmeriCorps members install up to 15 CFL lightbulbs, 2 low flow faucet aerators, 1 low flow shower head, 1 insulating hot water wrap, and 1 CO/smoke detector, and Baltimore Energy Challenge CFL lightbulb giveaways, we estimate that the total energy savings in Reservoir Hill is approximately 4396 kwH per month.
Tray from Project Lightbulb and Mr. Gary, Madison Ave. resident, enjoy Mr. Gary's newly installed low-flow faucet (8/21/12)
We presented Flip the Power at community events throughout the summer and fall, including National Night Out, Whitelock Community Farm's grand opening celebration at Linden Market, and the Whitelock Harvest Festival.
Elisa and James celebrate the “Club Bubbles” comic strip giveaway at National Night Out (8/7/12)
In 2012, we also established energy conservation as a priority at John Eager Howard Elementary School by sponsoring energy workshops and presentations for over 300 John Eager Howard students and parents. JEH’s “Cool the Earth” program produced over 170 student-completed “Cool the Earth Actions,” resulting in 93,733 lbs of carbon savings. And John Eager Howard’s “Green Keepers” after-school environmental science club, led by RHIC staff, built a wind turbine strong enough to power a radio. Missy and Renee from Baltimore Energy Challenge also helped to lead a Junior Energy Captain program at John Eager Howard Recreation Center's summer camp. Check out the video they made:
Finally, here is a sneak preview of the next edition of our Flip the Power comic strip series: