Maharishi University of Management has made a solid commitment to sustainability and the environment. In addition to offering a B.S. in Sustainability and a MBA in Sustainable Business, the university adopted a campus wide Climate Action Plan, and the newest campus building is off-the-grid. The emphasis on sustainability at Maharishi University of Management is mirrored in the community in which we are located. The City of Fairfield adopted a city-wide strategic Go Green Plan. This plan has recently found traction with a two-year partnership with Interstate Power and Light Company, an Alliant Energy company, through its Hometown Rewards grant program.
The purpose of the Hometown Rewards Program in Fairfield is to focus on energy efficiency and conservation goals outlined in the City’s strategic Go Green Plan through grass-roots community efforts. There are 10 goals with 37 strategies. For each goal the City achieves, Alliant Energy will rewards the community with funding for solar panels on a City building.
Hometown Rewards goals in Fairfield include:
- Save residents 5,059,288 kWh in electricity and natural gas equivalent (that’s $540,000 in energy costs)
- Offer free educational workshops relevant to all sectors of the City
- Engage at least 50% of Fairfield residents in this program
Fairfield residents help achieve these goals by:
The program launched over Earth Day weekend in April with the planting of trees for energy efficiency and shade as well as a community orchard. The Dig In, Fairfieldevent rallied approximately 800 volunteers to plant almost 300 trees.
*Full disclaimer: I’m a Project Coordinator for Fairfield’s Hometown Rewards Program and I think it’s awesome!
Learn more about Maharishi University of Management’s commitment to sustainability, here.
|Anna Bruen is a MUM alumna who graduated with a degree in Sustainable Living. Anna is the resident blogger here at MUM. To learn more about Anna take a look at her introduction post.|