Lights, Camera, Action: Community Energy Services Launches Video Challenge

Community Energy Services (CES) participants across the City of Minneapolis are being challenged to put on their director’s hat, grab a camera, and roll film to put together the best short film based on their experiences from CES.  The best short films (less than two minutes) will be competing for three cash prizes, including a $1000 grand prize for the best and most creative film.  The competition is open now until August 31st, 2011, with prizes being announced in October at the CES awards ceremony.  For more information, visit

If you have not participated in CES yet, there are still plenty of opportunities to participate and complete your short video.  CES offers homeowners customized home energy visits, which include a blower door test and installation of energy saving materials.  A $400 value for a co-pay of only $30!   Please contact Ashley Robertson at (612) 335-5869 or to RSVP or for any questions.

Your first step in being a part of CES is attending a free educational workshop:

Thursday, May 19th, 6:30PM: Lake Country School (3755 Pleasant Ave S)

Thursday, May 26th, 6:30 p.m.: Minnehaha Academy South Campus (4200 West River Pkwy)

Tuesday, May 31st, 6:30 p.m.: Barton Open School (4237 Colfax Ave. S)

Thursday, June 2nd, 6:30 p.m.: Waite Park Community School (1800 34th Ave. NE)

CES is a partnership between the Center for Energy and Environment, the City of Minneapolis, Audubon Neighborhood Association, Xcel Energy, Centerpoint Energy, and the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund.  The Video Challenge and Outreach Grant Challenge are made possible through a grant from the McKnight Foundation.  To see where your neighborhood ranks in the Participation Challenge, visit and click on “Outreach Grant Challenge”  Get your neighbors involved and help ANA win a grant up to $5,000. In addition, each participant on the block in Audubon with the most participants will receive a $10 gift certificate to the Eastside Food Coop and an addtional 10-pack of compact fluorescent light bulbs.

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