Clean Energy Initiative at community events

Volunteer Mike Flannery hands a solar-cooked s’more to Ryker Davis while his mother, Kristen Hill, watches.

MENOMINEE — The M&M Area Community Foundation’s Clean Energy Initiative is sparking community interest and participation across its two-county service area, according to Paula Gruszynski, MMACF executive director.

Recently, Clean Energy Committee volunteers attended the Niagara Community Picnic in Niagara and Family Recreation Day held in Menominee.

Working from booths at both events, volunteers engaged and talked with local families about easy and practical ways to conserve energy at home and to consider clean energy alternatives.

S’mores were cooked in a solar oven for children while families reviewed materials highlighting clean energy opportunities.

“It is difficult for people to consider new ways of looking at energy without information and options,” said Heather Huebner, MMACF volunteer. “Leadership cannot happen in a vacuum; we are hoping through outreach and engagement to provide the spark to ignite change.”

The Clean Energy booth will be at other upcoming events including the Marinette Logging and Heritage Festival, the Menominee County Fair in Stephenson, the Pembine Community Picnic and Wausaukee’s Fall Festival. Resources for clean energy education have been provided by the C.S. Mott Foundation.