Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, communications assistant; tele: (413) 597-4277; email: [email protected]
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., October 12, 2017—This November 4, a few hundred Williams College, MCLA and Bennington College students will participate in the 10th annual Winter Blitz day of weatherization. In their day of service, these volunteers will travel across northern Berkshire County to weatherize homes for the upcoming winter.
The volunteers will go out in teams of five or six students to provide free basic comfort measures such as installing storm windows, door sweeps and energy efficient light bulbs. All materials are paid for by the Williams College Zilkha Center and each group will be led by a trained team leader.
Weatherizing these homes will save money for the residents. Weatherization can save homeowners 25 to 40 percent on their heating and cooling bills and is also a great way to bridge connections between students and the community and contribute to our global mission of reducing energy consumption.
Referring to last year’s event, co-chair of the planning committee Divya Sampath said “We have gotten a lot of wonderful feedback from homeowners and students about how much the day meant to them and about how much the small improvements we provide can make a difference. We’re really excited that this program has been going on as long as it has with the help of a lot of amazing community partners.”
Homeowners who are seeking to lower their energy costs and who cannot weatherize themselves are encouraged to participate. If you are interested in having volunteers come to your house to weatherize through Winter Blitz, please contact Winter Blitz by one of three ways before October 23:
1) sign up online at http://sustainability.williams.edu/winterblitz
2) call (413) 217-4717 and leave a voicemail
3) send an email to [email protected]
The program, a collaboration this year between Williams College, Bennington College and MCLA, is accepting homes in and around Williamstown, Pownal, North Adams, Adams, Bennington and northern Lanesboro. For more information on sustainability initiatives, visit the Williams College sustainability website at http://sustainability.williams.edu
Founded in 1793, Williams College is the second-oldest institution of higher learning in Massachusetts. The college’s 2,000 students are taught by a faculty noted for the quality of their teaching and research, and the achievement of academic goals includes active participation of students with faculty in their research. Students’ educational experience is enriched by the residential campus environment in Williamstown, Mass., which provides a host of opportunities for interaction with one another and with faculty beyond the classroom. Admission decisions on U.S. applicants are made regardless of a student’s financial ability, and the college provides grants and other assistance to meet the demonstrated needs of all who are admitted.