As one of the nation’s leading energy suppliers, Constellation believes that it isn’t just our responsibility to provide power to our customers across the country. We believe that it is just as important to empower the communities where our customers live and work.
In order to accomplish that goal, Constellation has spent years cultivating relationships with prominent civic organizations across the country. We have also created some original programs designed to educate students and grow local economies.
If you’re interested in seeing what Constellation is doing in the community, or how you can get involved yourself, here are some of the ways that we’ll be engaging with our customers in 2017.
E2 Energy to Educate
Perhaps the best way to help communities flourish is to educate the minds that will inherit them in the not-too-distant future. Constellation’s E2 Energy to Educate, established in 2010, is a grant program that helps fund science and technology projects. These projects allow students to have a better understanding of energy concepts. Projects cover topics such as energy in transportation, onsite residential energy generation and zero waste systems.
The program is open to students grades 6 and 12, as well as college students. Since 2010 when the program began, Constellation has awarded nearly $3 million in funding for projects benefitting over 100,000 students. To learn more or apply yourself, click here.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit that was founded in 1978. The organization’s mission is to address poverty and homelessness around the world by using volunteers to build affordable housing for communities in need.
Since Constellation began working with Habitat for Humanity, our organization has contributed financially and with some sweat equity too. Last year during National Volunteer Week, 90 Constellation employees volunteered over 500 hours to help complete six Habitat for Humanity initiatives across the country.
Here are a few examples of the work we have done:
- Built 77 homes to EnergyStar 3.0 standards with Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake
- 6 solar installations in Greater Boston to provide 85% of the homeowners’ electric needs
- 20 Five-year weatherization projects for homes in Houston
- Energy improvements for 10 Chicago homes with an estimated annual savings of $790 per household
This year, we anticipate that even more of our hard-working employees will step forward to help—for National Volunteer Week and for the rest of 2017. To see how you can get involved with Habitat for Humanity in your community, click here.
We have never lost sight of the fact that every dollar can make a difference in the lives of our customers. That’s why we created the Community Champions program.
This program is designed to provide small grants of up to $500 to qualifying Constellation customers. The grants are for local projects focused on education, the environment or youth causes. The awarded grant would represent a significant percentage of the funding needed to complete the work.
Here are a few examples of how Community Champion grants have been used before:
- Development of a tool used in flood emergencies to assist first responders in New Jersey
- Funded need-based scholarships for students to attend the Aikin Science Camp in Texas
- Established the Growing Gardeners Children’s Garden to teach Georgia youth about agriculture and sustainability
If you have a small project that you think might qualify for the Community Champions program, you can learn more about the program by clicking here.
If there’s a project being discussed in your community that might be a good fit for funding through the Community Champions program, you’re in luck! There are still two application deadlines to receive funding in 2017.
The first deadline is May 15th, 2017. Your last chance to apply for the year will be on September 15th, 2017. Interested parties still have some time to develop their ideas and submit proposals before the end of the year.
Across the country, Constellation is making an effort to improve the quality of life for our customers and communities that have helped us become a national leader for energy supply. You can see our efforts in classrooms, universities, community gardens and neighborhoods. By empowering these communities, we can look hopefully to an even greater future. To see what else Constellation is doing in the community, or to work alongside us, click here.