Integrating Sustainability-2

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Integrating Sustainability-2

  1. 1. Farmers’ Market Liaison Summer Intern 2009 Connie Eisch, FLE UWEX Wood County
  2. 2. Farmers’ Market Liaison-Wood Co.  Situation: FM in Wood County was revived 2001, Market has grown to 42 vendors in 2009  Majority are Hmong and may not speak English well  Problems with marketing, and misunderstandings with market policies and procedures; no knowledge of UWEX as a resource for soil conservation
  3. 3. Farmers’ Market Liaison-Wood Co.  Response: SAAIP (Summer Affirmative Action Intern Program) funds secured covering 50% of salary for intern  Central District innovative grant secured for remaining salary + travel and supplies  Advertised and interviewed 6 candidates
  4. 4. Farmers’ Market Liaison – AyLee  Radio programs and newspaper articles in Wisconsin Rapids and Marshfield promoting FM  Hosted a Farmers’ Informational Workshop for Hmong farmers with Matt Lippert, UWEX Ag, Kate Carlson, Wood Co HD, and Jack Chang, Dept of Ag, Trade and Consumer Protection  Presented Hmong culture and history to 4-H campers  Visited FM weekly to speak with farmers
  5. 5. Farmers’ Market Liaison - AyLee  Worked on good communication strategies between farmers and market organizers  Introduced UW Extension as a resource to the farmers
  6. 6. Energy Conservation Initiative UW-Extension, Outagamie County Presented by: Jim Resick, Community Development Educator Zen Miller, Dairy/Livestock Agent UW-Extension, Outagamie County
  7. 7. Funding A Budget • NE District Resource Management Grant-$5000 • Mellissa Hansen - Outreach Specialist • 528 Light bulbs – Focus On Energy
  8. 8. OUTAGAMIE COUNTY
  9. 9. OUTAGAMIE COUNTY
  10. 10. Booth at County Fair • 1) Handout • 2) Energy Bicycle • 3) Staffed by Agents and Focus On Energy • Results: 360 people contacted
  11. 11. Agriculture • 75 dairy farms in target area sent letter • 31 farms with energy audits • 4 with no recommendations • 14 turned down or just did something • 30 farms not contacted
  12. 12. Audit Summary • Only recommend if 4.5 year or less payback • Grant amount: $36,950 • Cost: $205,400 • Year Savings: $72,243.59 • Payback: 1.88 years
  13. 13. Recommendations • Switch to natural gas water heater • Scroll compressor • Variable speed vacuum pump • Heat recovery unit • Water heater from electric to Propane • 2nd heat recovery • Variable speed milk pump • Commercial washer/dryer
  14. 14. Phone Survey N=9 Farms • Learned to save • Packet was useful • Eight felt they saved energy • Two bought more light bulbs (12) • One installed variable speed milk pump • Two rewire programs • Three plan on changes in next 12 months
  15. 15. Community Resource Development • 2 Green Blitz held 4 days • 60 Business & Nonprofit energy audits • 4 Village Board presentations • 3 Town Board presentations • 3 Public events
  16. 16. Business Energy Audits • 144.3 KW saved • $67,293grant/incentives • $49,472 Year Savings • ? Payback
  17. 17. Phone Surveys Businesses N=54 • 68.8% (33 of 48) used follow-up report • 48.1% implemented conservation measures • 38 changes in 26 buildings (lighting) • 35.2% (18) plan on changes in next 12 months • $14,430 incentives in hand, 5 clients
  18. 18. Family Living • 2 Home & Community Education • 4 Group agency meetings • County: Maintenance, County Executive, Finance Director • Made contact with librarian (display & meetings set)
  19. 19. 4-H & Youth • 6 clubs visited • Developed youth oriented presentation • Packets and CFL lightbulbs delivered • Packet and CFL lightbulbs delivered to 4-H Livestock & Dairy Committees
  20. 20. Phone Surveys Households N=128 • 82.8% (106) had installed free CFL’s • 29.3% (36) used coupons to purchase 254 bulbs • 60.2% (77) partial switch to energy efficient lighting • 12.0% (12) plan to get energy audit on house
  21. 21. Evidence of Success • 4-H Leader Comment: “Your presentation was the best we ever had. It was fun and interactive, and it kept our attention.” • Business Owner: “My energy bill dropped $150 per month after implementing the recommendations.” • City Clerk: “We are using the report in plans to remodel City Hall.”
  22. 22. Conclusion • Round 2 planned in other targeted county areas • Large saving possible / On going • Reduces operating costs • All staff can participate • Easy to show $ saved

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