Habitat, Hometown Rewards team up
Habitat for Humanity has teamed up with Fairfield’s Hometown Rewards program to use the construction of a Habitat for Humanity home as a model in simple, affordable, energy efficient construction. On-site workshops for residents, contractors, students and landscape architects will highlight appropriate uses of technology and techniques that can be replicated in Iowa. Alliant Energy will film various parts of the build with their “PowerHouse” TV crew.
Ten volunteers of all skill levels to help with the construction are sought for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Tuesday and Saturday from June 8 through the end of November.
Anyone interested in volunteering any amount of time on one or more days can check out the volunteer schedule at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AgXh0FO8cTv9dC1hUXc3Z21td2R2ZXNsM09FUGZxUXc#gid=0 and find available days/times then contact: Elaine Hughes, executive director of The Fairfield Volunteer Center, at 209-9045 or email@example.com; Anna Bruen, Hometown Rewards Program project coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org; or 919-2692 or Scott Timm, Fairfield’s sustainability coordinator at email@example.com or 515-291-2560.
Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that builds houses for lower income families who live in substandard housing and may have challenges to afford traditional mortgages. Habitat sells the house to the owner for the cost to build it and gives the owner an interest-free loan. Funds from the repayment of the loan are used to fund future homes in the community. Habitat families are required to work 250 hours for each adult member of the family. Much of the construction of the home is dependent on volunteer labor and most of the construction materials are donated or discounted to help reduce the overall cost of the home.
Fairfield’s Hometown Rewards Program is a community-based education and awareness campaign that offers residents practical, hands-on ways to engage with energy efficiency and renewable energy technology.
Through the Hometown Rewards Program, the city of Fairfield is aiming to reduce residential energy use by 4 percent, which is approximately the CO2 emissions reduction equivalent of removing 744 passenger vehicles for a year or the electrical savings equivalent of removing 184 homes from the grid.
In addition, the program is working to engage at least 25 percent of local businesses and 50 percent of Fairfield’s population. If the program goals are met, the Fairfield Public Library will receive an installation of solar panels.
Alliant Energy’s Hometown Rewards Program provided initial program infrastructure and funding. Additional funding and support has come from 41 local businesses, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Trees Forever, the Iowa Department of Administrative Services, The Center on Sustainable Communities and the Home Depot Foundation.
Local partners include KRUU 100.1FM, KMCD-Classic 96, Hy-Vee, Fairfield Community School District, Fairfield Economic Development Association, Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce and the Fairfield Public Library.