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CFL’s to Be Distributed Free During Energy Efficiency Day of Action

April 18, 2011

SOUTH ROYALTON, VT --Vermont Law School students, faculty and staff will go door to door on Saturday, April 23, to exchange less efficient incandescent light bulbs for compact fluorescent light bulbs during an Energy Efficiency Day of Action in the South Royalton area. The CFL's will be given out free.

Team members will meet at 10 a.m. in Oakes Hall Classroom 107. The media are welcome to accompany them. More information is available from Allie Silverman '12, who is spearheading the project as part of her Schweitzer Fellowship, at asilverman@vermontlaw.eduImage of light bulb

The project's goal is to help homeowners and tenants save energy, cut utility bills and reduce pollution and to strengthen VLS's relationship with the local community. CFL's use 75 percent to 80 percent less electricity than incandescent bulbs and last 10 to 13 times longer. Homeowners and tenants will be asked to fill out a short questionnaire to determine their average energy use and other information. Using GPS, the VLS teams will collect data points for the location of each home, the number of residents and light bulb sockets, average energy use, number and type of appliances, and any energy efficiency work done on the home. Follow-up visits will be conducted within the year to determine the effectiveness of the effort.

VLS's partners in the project include the Environmental Protection Agency, Efficiency Vermont, COVER Home Repair, Dartmouth Energy Collaborative, local churches and others. The event is being held in memory of Blair Hamilton of Burlington, who received an honorary law degree from VLS in 2010 for his commitment to environmental and social justice. Hamilton, who died April 8, was an international leader in energy efficiency research, policy, design and implementation.

CONTACT: John Cramer, Associate Director of Media Relations
Office: 802-831-1106, cell: 540-798-7099, jcramer@vermontlaw.edu

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