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Ann Arbor Area Board of REALTORS Awards 2012 Environmental Awareness Awards

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January 19, 2012
Ann Arbor, Michigan — The Ann Arbor Area Board of REALTORS® announces two recipients of the 2012 Environmental Awareness Award.
Congratulations to:
Matt and Kelly Grocoff of Ann Arbor and their website
First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor
The Environmental Awareness Award is presented by the Ann Arbor Area Board of REALTORS® to Washtenaw County individuals, organizations or businesses who are proactive on environmental issues including:

  • Using products that contain recycled materials or energy saving qualities.
  • Taking steps to clean up environmental problems.
  • Developing innovative recycling or reuse programs.
  • Restoration and remodeling efforts that promote historical preservation and reuse materials.
The following is the background information for our winners.
Matt and Kelly Grocoff
Matt and Kelly purchased the house located at 217 South Seventh Street in the Old West Side Historic District of Ann Arbor in 2006. They have completed the historic preservation of the 110-year old home using a net-zero energy concepts. The home was selected as one ofUSA Today’s “Best Green Homes of 2010” and The Atlantic called it “sustainable perfection.” It is America’s oldest and Michigan’s first net-zero energy home, meaning it annually produces more energy than the family consumes.
Matt and Kelly’s educational website was launched on Earth Day 2009. Their mission is to provide practical information in an entertaining format to help green every home in America, starting with yours.
First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor
Their wind power project which includes building, running and maintaining a wind turbine offers the church and the community many benefits including:

  • Renewable energy educational opportunities.
  • Reduced use of fossil fuels.
  • Visibility and widespread interest in renewable and alternative energy.
  • Savings in the form of electricity bills.
The church has demonstrated environmental and energy consciousness in many other ways including:
  • Adding energy efficient lighting to their commemorative Energy Plaza.
  • Using landscaping and lawn care measures to minimize mowing and use of chemicals including using native prairie plants and using electric equipment recharged from the renewable energy sources on site.
  • Recycling throughout the facility.
  • Installing a web-based temperature control system to manage the facility’s heating and cooling system.
Dani Hallsell, Ann Arbor Area Board of REALTORS


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