Boys & Girls Clubs of America project descriptions

As part of the U.S. EPA's Change the World, Start with ENERGY STAR campaign, EPA has partnered with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, since Earth Day 2009, to support Clubs that are participating in community service projects related to energy efficiency. One hundred Clubs have participated in ENERGY STAR projects as of March 2011, with projects ranging from home energy check-ups to community energy fairs. Below are a selection of Clubs that have recently completed ENERGY STAR projects.

  • MWR CYSS Wiesbaden (Germany)

    The Hainerberg School Age Center Technology Club at Wiesbaden Army Base in Germany participated in the ENERGY STAR project because, as one youth said, "Conserving energy affects us all and is something we can work towards our whole lives, not just for a couple of weeks." Club members wrote and recorded a song to spread awareness about energy efficiency. They unveiled the song, called "Turn the Lights Out," at a community listening party, where the youth also presented a slide show to educate friends and family with tips to save energy, and gave speeches to their peers, describing how they personally planned to save energy. Hear the song Windows Media Player (2.3MB).
  • Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base MCAS Cherry Point Marine & Family Services (NC)

    Nearly 300 young people from the Cherry Tree House created educational materials with energy efficiency tips for younger children and produced a 40-second Public Service Announcement (PSA) using ENERGY STAR information. The PSA was broadcast on the local TV station and around the base
  • Boys and Girls Club of the White River Valley Randolph Teen Center (VT)

    Teenage members from the White River Valley Randolph Teen Center joined with adult volunteers for 45 service hours to make energy efficient improvements to their building. The group insulated half the building, removed an old exhaust fan and blocked the hole to prevent heat loss, replaced an exterior door, and insulated a hot water heater. The group also replaced the building's light bulbs with ENERGY STAR qualified light bulbs. In recognition of their participation, each teen was given an energy efficient bulb to swap out in their own home.
  • Boys & Girls Club of Transylvania County (NC)

    The North Carolina based Club organized a public awareness campaign on energy efficiency, including a PSA played on local radio and information distributed in the community and at local businesses. The program culminated in a light bulb exchange, where young people taught their families about energy efficiency and exchanged 604 ENERGY STAR qualified CFL bulbs for 604 incandescent bulbs. The youth used the old incandescent bulbs to create an art project for an art show.
  • Boys & Girls Club of Schenectady (NY)

    Members of the Schenectady, NY club began their ENERGY STAR project with the goal of reducing the amount of electricity they consumed each month. Youth learned about how electricity is created, researched simple ways to save energy, and created signs reminding members and staff to turn off lights when leaving the room. Club members created a map of a house, calculated the amount of electricity used by the appliances and lights in each room, discussed strategies to save energy, and calculated the cost of electricity used in the home. In just two months, the youth reduced the Club's energy use by 13 percent.
  • Boys & Girls Club of Tipton County (IN)

    Twenty two members of the Tipton County, Indiana Club learned about energy efficiency with information from ENERGY STAR, replaced incandescent lights in their Clubhouse with ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs and then produced a public service announcement (PSA) of energy-saving tips for Club members and their families. Club members unveiled the PSA before an audience of 60 kids, then gave each family a CFL, a copy of the PSA and a handout to share with their families that detailed ways to save energy at home. The PSA was also posted on the Club's Facebook page. See the video Windows Media Player (2.6MB).
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix (AZ)

    The young people at the Rosenzweig Branch of Boys & Girls Clubs of Phoenix formed an Energy Savers Club with 26 members, learned about energy efficiency, then conducted energy check-ups in their homes to help their families identify ways to be more energy efficient. Representatives from a local solar energy company also visited the Club to teach the young people about solar technology. At the conclusion of the project, parents visited the Club, learned about energy efficiency from their children, viewed energy efficiency exhibits the children had prepared, and participated in a light bulb exchange, receiving ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs in exchange for incandescent bulbs.
  • Woodland Boys & Girls Club (WI)

    The Neopit, Wisconsin Club organized an ENERGY STAR Day for Kids, attended by 62 children. Club members measured the wattage used by each of the appliances and electronics in the Club with watt meters, then compared the energy efficiency of each item. Children distributed information on energy efficiency to their families, offered free ENERGY STAR qualified CFL bulbs in exchange for incandescent bulbs, and participated in a community clean up project with their families.
  • Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale (IL)

    The Carbondale Club's ENERGY STAR Family Challenge Night drew fifty families, who learned about energy efficiency through a series of fun activities. Thirty Club members led families in creating magnets reminders to turn off the lights, door stoppers to eliminate drafts, and riding an energy bike to demonstrate the energy needed to power an incandescent light bulb vs. an ENERGY STAR qualified CFL bulb. Club members distributed ENERGY STAR educational information and CFL bulbs to their families. The event concluded with a cake decorated with a CFL bulb! The event was so successful that the Carbondale Club plans to hold an ENERGY STAR family night ever year.
  • Boys & Girls Club of Evansville (IN)

    In partnership with their local utility company, 40 Club members learned about the importance of energy efficiency and how energy use affects their homes, their Club, their community and their world. The young people created presentation boards and drawings that represented their newfound understanding of the importance of energy conservation. The boards were displayed at the Club for all members to view.