Norwalk task force donates $10K to fund Maritime Aquarium summer class for kids

NORWALK, Conn. – Funds raised through energy assessments of Norwalk homes will be used to give 50 Norwalk middle school students a one-week summer class at the Maritime Aquarium.

The offer of energy saving assessments was arranged by the Mayor’s Energy and Environment Task Force last summer and announced as an “Energy Challenge.” Since August, Next Step Living and New England Smart Energy have conducted over 200 home energy assessments in Norwalk at a charge of $99. The task force collected $50 for each assessment and on Thursday announced a $10,000 donation to the Mayor’s Engineering and Science Program.

Councilman John Kydes (D-District C)

An energy assessment begins in August at the home of Councilman John Kydes (D-District C), as part of the Energy Challenge arranged by the Mayor’s Energy and Environment Task Force.

Councilman John Kydes (D-District C), task force chairman, said the next energy challenge begins Jan. 1. “The task force is committed to donate $20,000 to the Mayor’s Student Engineering and Science program,” he said.

The energy assessments have saved Norwalk homeowners an estimated $50,000 to $120,000 on their energy costs, according to a press release. New England Smart Energy program manager Erin O’Neil said it also avoided the equivalent of 360 metric tons of greenhouse gases and the use of 837 barrels of oil.

The summer classes for the kids will take place over two weeks, with 25 children in each one-week class.

Maritime Aquarium Director of Education Tom Naiman said the children will explore Long Island Sound on the aquarium’s brand new catamaran and learn how to set up and maintain an aquarium.


Mike Mushak December 19, 2014 at 8:58 am

Kudos to everyone involved in this amazing public/private effort to educate kids at the Aquarium, while at the same time helping to conserve energy. We will be signing up for our energy assessment for next season, which should be an “energy challenge” in its own right with our leaky old house!

Kathleen Montgomery December 20, 2014 at 1:57 am

Great opportunity provided! Thanks to everyone who worked on this project for our kids. What a resource the Aquarium is.

Mike, good luck with your leaky house!

Oyster January 2, 2015 at 8:23 am

Home Energy Assessments do not save money unless the recommended modifications are put into place by the homeowner or apartment dweller. Declarationofhundreds of thousands in savings from door sweeps and socket insulations sounds excessive.

If the companies performing the assessments were subsidized or of the energy conservation fund then this process of raising fees and diverting the finds to non-conservation purposes is ill-advised.

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