A LITTLE BACKGROUND AND MEET NPT's FANTASTIC BOD

New Power Tour incorporated as a 501c3 in 2006, with the mission to increase renewable, water and energy-efficient technologies.

We launched a winterization pilot soon afterward that brought together at-risk high school students with MTU School of Construction students to do easy (unskilled-labor) tasks in the homes of income-qualified and elderly Copper Country residents.

The ball started to roll and through a partnership with MTU Enterprise Program, we were awarded a Ford C3 College Community Challenge grant in 2012.  That year, we winterized 30 homes.

In 2014, a group of intrepid grad students from Michigan Tech convinced our county to enter a competition for $5M prize. We partnered into the situation and worked to bring resources (energy-efficient refrigerators, heat-pump water heaters, ~6000 LEDs) to the area to help people save money and also did another ~50 winterizations, working with service organizations and student groups.

This has been very phenomenal and now we've hit the 100-winterizations mark, all with local volunteer labor!  We couldn't be more pleased: 100 households are more comfortable through the long cold winter months, using less gas/propane/fuel oil and paying less.  

Big thanks again go out to all of the area's individuals, service organizations, and local businesses who have made this vision a reality.

NEW POWER TOUR'S BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Sarah Green

Professor, Chemistry
Michigan Technological University

 

President

ROB HANDLER

Operations Manager,
Sustainable Futures Institute
Michigan Technological University

 

Treasurer

LYNN ARTMAN

Senior Lecturer
School of Technology
Michigan Technological University

MEREDITH LABEAU

Dr. Meredith LaBeau

Process Engineering Manager
Calumet Electronics

ANDY ROTH

SolarUP – Photovoltaic Solutions
Houghton, MI

VALORIE TROESCH

Valorie Troesch