September 28, 2012

Owens to Provide Free Home Energy Efficiency Workshops Through Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Grant in October

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Owens Community College has been selected by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to receive a $4,314 environmental education grant to enhance the energy efficiency of homes through free educational workshops within Northwest Ohio. The College in collaboration with United North and the East Toledo Family Center will offer four environmental sustainability workshops to area residents in October.

“Owens Community College is very appreciative to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for selecting the academic institution as a grant recipient,” said Dr. Michael Bankey, Owens Associate Vice President of Workforce and Community Services. “We look forward to partnering with United North and the East Toledo Family Center and provide educational workshops in which attendees can learn about ways to make their homes more energy efficient through environmental conscious techniques, which will result in energy-cost savings for homeowners.”

The free educational seminar, titled “Upgrading Your Home’s Energy Efficiency”, is designed to provide attendees with techniques to lower home energy costs through environmentally conscience activities. The four-hour, hands-on workshops, taught by Owens instructors, will provide insight into such topics as energy audits, prioritization of energy loses, insulation, sealing air leaks, heating and cooling systems, duct sealing, windows and lighting from an energy efficiency perspective.

Additionally, class participants will have the opportunity to participate in caulking and sealing and heat shrink window installation exercises, among many other hands-on activities. Attendees will also receive a home energy savings kit for use in their own home.

The first two workshops will take place Tuesday, Oct. 16 and Thursday, Oct. 18 at the Chester J. Zablocki Senior Center on Lagrange Street in Toledo. Both classes will occur from 5-9 p.m. Owens’ free educational seminars will also be held Tuesday, Oct. 23 and Thursday, Oct. 25 at the East Toledo Family Center on Varland Avenue in Toledo. The two workshops will take place from 5-9 p.m. Attendees must register prior to the workshops and space is limited.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Office of Environmental Education administers the Ohio Environmental Education Fund, awarding approximately $1 million in grants for projects targeting kindergarten- through college-age students, the general public and the regulated community. The office also administers the Ohio Clean Diesel School Bus Fund, the Diesel Emission Reduction Grant program, a scholarship program for university students in environmental science and engineering, and a series of recycling grants for the Division of Materials and Waste Management.

For more information, or to register for a seminar, call (567) 661-7357 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7357.

Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit