Team ENERGY STAR is on a simple but extremely important mission: encourage kids and families to save energy at
home. How? By empowering them to protect the climate and reduce air pollution through easy-to-implement, money-saving actions.
Team ENERGY STAR works in large part because it makes saving energy easy and fun. Check out www.energystar.gov/team and you’ll see what I mean. Kids and their parents can download interactive
materials, including a comprehensive Action Kit and the ENERGY STAR Home Check-Up list. Kids are also encouraged to share their energy-saving stories on energystar.gov/team. If they do, they’ll become eligible to win all kinds of
great energy-saving electronics that reinforce the message that saving energy can change the world.
CHANGE THE WORLD? REALLY?
Yes! In fact, that “change the world” part is important. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in 2012 alone, consumers and businesses, with the help of ENERGY STAR, reduced utility bills by $24 billion and prevented 242 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. Talk about impact!
IT’S FUN, TOO.
Now for the fun part. This summer, EPA is teaming up with PTO Today (a national nonprofit that helps independent parent-teacher organizations) to reach more kids than ever before. PTO Today is working with the makers of the new eco-animated film EPIC, and bringing in the heroic characters of the film to make Team ENERGY STAR more fun than ever.
The film stars Steven Tyler, Colin Ferrell, Beyonce Knowles and Amanda Seyfried, a line-up that will surely excite the whole family. By joining the team kids will get the chance to earn cool prizes courtesy of PTO Today, LG Electronics USA and 20th
Century Fox. The first 200 families to submit an energy-saving story will receive 2 tickets each to see EPIC, courtesy of Fox. Kids will also get the chance to earn some great prizes from LG Electronics USA and maybe even see their name in lights in Times Square. All the kids have to do issig up at energystar.gov/team and click on “Submit your energy-saving success story.’ Bloggers who blog about this could end up at the New York City red carpet premiere of EPIC.
ABOUT THE MOVIE
EPIC is sure to be this summer’s blockbuster. Here’s the story description:
EPIC is a 3D CG adventure comedy that reveals
a fantastical world unlike any other. From the creators of ICE AGE and RIO,
EPIC tells the story of an ongoing battle between the forces of good, who keep
the natural world alive, and the forces of evil, who wish to destroy it. When a
teenage girl finds herself magically transported into this secret universe, she
teams up with an elite band of warriors and a crew of comical, larger-than-life
figures, to save their world…and ours.
I’ve watched the trailer and it’s really captivating, with exciting animation and a
powerful storyline to teach kids environmental messages and come away thinking,
“Protecting the planet is cool.”
If you’re a parent…
Please sit down with your kids and together visit the Team ENERGY STAR web page.
Download any number of the educational activities, have fun doing them while you
talk about why saving energy makes sense for your family, and encourage your
child to tell his/her story so other kids will get inspired to do the same. Talk
about this on your Facebook page, pint tips on Pinterest, and encourage your
friends and schools to join Team ENERGY STAR, too.
If you’re a blogger…participate in our Carnival and maybe go to the red carpet premiere of
If you blog, please let your community know about Team ENERGY STAR and encourage them
to get their kids to share their stories. If you can get your post to me by May
15, it will be included in a blogging “Carnival” or round-up I’m hosting on May
HOWEVER, if you can get your post written and posted by May 8, you could be chosen
to attend and blog from the red carpet premiere of the film EPIC in New York
City on May 18. Bloggers who attend the premiere will also be invited to lunch
at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel and blog from a press conference/round table
with stars from the movie, including Colin Farrell, Aziz Ansari, Amanda
Seyfried and Chris O’Dowd. (Transportation and lodging are not included, so I
understand if this only makes sense if you live in the Northeast area.)
In appreciation for your commitment to helping people save energy, anyone who blogs about
Team ENERGY STAR will receive:
· Four free movie tickets to see EPIC, which will arrive in
theaters Memorial Day weekend
· An energy efficiency gift bag, including a long-lasting, ENERGY
STAR-certified LED bulb from LG Electronics USA, and Team ENERGY STAR
educational materials and activity booklet
· The chance to win a brand-new LG refrigerator recognized as
ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2013 (retail
value of $3,000)
· Additional exposure through the Big Green Purse-hosted blog
carnival May 16
· More exposure through ENERGY STAR’s social media channels (they
have over 19,000 Facebook fans and over 25,000 Twitter followers)
If your kids submit a story, please feature it in your blog post. You can write a
blog post about Team ENERGY STAR, submit a story, or both.
It’s All About Saving Energy
It’s apt that this outreach is TAKING place at the beginning of summer – the
season when energy consumption goes through the roof, and perhaps many days
when the air is so polluted we’ll have to keep our kids indoors. As you know,
these problems are getting worse the more the climate changes.
Your actions, in addition to making saving energy seem like it’s fun and worthwhile,
will also help new audiences understand how serious climate change is and what
they can do to make a difference.
Thanks for joining Team ENERGY STAR!
The bloggers listed below are already planning to post about team ENERGY STAR and the EPIC premiere. Please join them!
Eco Baby Mama Drama
Eco Friendly Link
Eco News Network
Flour Sack Mama
Good Girl Gone Green
Green and Clean Mom
Green Child Magazine
Green 4 You
Groovy Green Livin’
Healthy Home Magazine
In Women We Trust (already posted)
Modern Eco Life
Moms Clean Air Force
Mother Nature News (MNN) (already posted)
Spit That Out The Book
The Green Parent
The Smart Mama
Ways 2 Go Green
And of course, yours truly, here at Big Green Purse.
Want to add your blog to the list? Just let me know that you plan to join us for this important effort to educate kids and families about climate change and saving energy. Thanks!