Corvallis 2011

Energize Corvallis 2011

About Corvallis

Corvallis is nestled in the heart of Oregon’s Willamette Valley, about 85 miles from the Portland Metropolitan area, within easy reach of many miles of hiking trails, and 60 miles from the spectacular Oregon coast. Corvallis has a residential population of 55,125 and is home to Oregon State University.

Corvallis is an award-winning city that has been recognized as one of the best college towns and one of the top ten places to live. It has the highest number of Peace Corps volunteers per capita and the most green buildings per capita nationally. The city was recognized for exceeding standards established by the International City Manager’s Association Center for Performance Measurement and was ranked #1 on the Environmental Protection Agency’s national list of Green Power Communities. These are just a few examples of why Corvallis is a one-of-a-kind community that is sure to capture your heart!

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About Energize Corvallis

Energize Corvallis is committed to reducing energy use and creating community around energy issues. Our projects and programs are created and powered by volunteers. This collaborative effort includes the Corvallis Environmental Center, the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition’s Energy Action Team, the City of Corvallis, Oregon State University, National Science Foundation’s Increasing Diversity in Earth Sciences Program, Energy Trust of Oregon, and many other community organizations.

Energize Corvallis is working toward the following long-term goals:

  • By 2020, Corvallis will have achieved energy security and net-zero greenhouse gas emissions.
  • By 2020, Corvallis will have reduced per capita consumption of energy in buildings by 50% using energy conservation. Renewable energy will be used to supply remaining energy needs for buildings.
  • By 2020, Corvallis will have eliminated its net per capita greenhouse gas emissions from energy use and production.
  • By 2025, Corvallis will have become a net energy producer with 100% of all energy produced being renewable energy.

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Summer of Solutions Fellow Program

In 2011 Energize Corvallis will host a team of nine Summer of Solution fellows in Corvallis. The summer program will focus on the Community Carbon Challenge—a neighborhood-based approach to reducing energy use through no-cost and low-cost actions. The program will engage a broad base of Corvallis residents, create community around energy issues, and identify residents who might want to get involved to further reduce energy use in Corvallis.

Our overall goal for the summer is to get 1,200 Corvallis residents to participate in the Community Carbon Challenge. To reach this goal, we’ll partner with three neighborhood associations in Corvallis and establish goals for outreach (e.g., contact 90% of neighborhood residents), recruitment (e.g., recruit 40% of residents to participate in the Challenge), and energy reduction (e.g., save 400,000 kWh in July and August). Once neighborhood goals have been established, Summer of Solution fellows will go door-to-door and invite residents to join the Community Carbon Challenge by pledging to try three energy-reducing actions for one month. Fellows will provide ongoing support to residents throughout the summer.

As a Summer of Solutions fellow in Corvallis, you will:

  • Work 30-40 hours a week with a dynamic team of volunteers and residents
  • Gain experience in program development, door-to-door canvassing, program evaluation, media outreach, and capacity building
  • Receive a $1,000 living stipend for the summer
  • Receive free housing with a local host family
  • Participate in hands-on workshops and tours throughout the summer such as touring the Oregon State University ice-core lab, building a ferro-cement rainwater catchment system, and participating in a hands-on green building project.
  • Have the opportunity to create a credit-bearing internship or independent research project in almost any field. Some ideas include an ethnographic study for anthropology; website, database, or phone app development for computer science; GIS mapping; program branding and marketing; statistical analysis of program data; and anything else you can dream up.