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Getting Started

Thank you for joining the Cool Rochester Challenge! We offer a variety of programs to guide you through the process of reducing your energy use and CO2 footprint:
Household Program (for individual homeowners, renters, and community groups)
Business Program (for businesses of all sizes, municipalities and local governments)
Become a CoolChampion (for individuals whose home is already energy efficient, and are looking for the next step to take)
Campus Program (coming soon)

Household Program:

Did you know that 50 – 90% of a community’s carbon emissions come from its homes? To reduce our community’s carbon footprint, we need to Cool our homes!
Cool Rochester offers two paths you can take to help conserve energy at home or in your apartment:

  • Follow the Low Carbon Diet program
  • Develop your own program using our downloadable program materials and list of online resources

Business / Municipal Program:

Cool Rochester is establishing partnerships with numerous businesses / municipalities to help them conserve energy in the workplace. However, since 50 – 90% of a community’s carbon emissions come from the residential sector, we are also helping our business partners to engage their employees, clients and constituents to conserve energy at home.

Download our Partnership Agreement Form for businesses. Complete and return this form to become listed with us as a Partner.

Interested in becoming a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum Partner?  Download our Partnership Recognition levels.

Start by calculating the carbon footprint of your workplace. You can use a spreadsheet based on your square footage or a worksheet based on your utility usage.

Each of our business / municipal partners will identify one individual to become a Cool Leader and lead the Cool Rochester program within their organization. We have extensive resources for our Partners and their Cool Leaders available.

Become a Cool Champion:

Have you taken action in your household, and already significantly reduced your carbon footprint? Are you still looking to do more? We would like to invite you to become a Cool Champion. We need you to help us spread the word, and to invite friends, family, neighbors and / or your coworkers to join the Cool Rochester challenge.

By engaging forty households to join our program (targeting 500,000 lbs of their CO2 emissions), you can be a Cool Champion. Forty households may seems like a lot, but by using the “Ecoteam” approach, and encouraging those on your team to also invite participants, the numbers start to add up quickly.

Check out our resources to help Cool Champions.

Campus Program:

Starting later in the Fall of 2009, we will be working with area Colleges and Universities to coordinate efforts to reduce energy use on campus. Check back later for more details, or contact

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