On Saturday, Oct. 2, neighborhoods in Thomaston, Cushing, St. George and Warren will see Green Sneakers volunteers “walkin’ the talk for smart energy solutions.”

Gathering at 9:30 a.m. at St. John Baptist Episcopal Church, volunteer teams trained in weatherization basics will go door-to-door with the message: “Save Money! Stay Warm! Save Energy! by weatherizing your home”…and “Here’ s How!” Each homeowner will be given a goody bag filled with energy-saving gifts and practical information.

Volunteer teams will also be talking to neighbors at the recycling centers in St. George and Warren.

“The Green Sneakers Project was created by Maine Partners for Cool Communities to educate, energize and motivate personal actions to achieve energy efficiency and independence,” said Carmen Lavertu, a resident of Thomaston and the Green Sneakers Project coordinator for the Thomaston area. “I can’t wait to introduce my neighbors to ideas and incentives available to weatherize their homes. Our gift bags contain information about federal and state financial incentives currently available as well as a short self-assessment to determine if a home is a good candidate for Efficiency Maine’s Home Energy Savings Program.”

Local volunteers have received online training by a certified energy auditor on the basics of weatherization and energy efficiency technologies and will be available in coming weeks to do free energy walk-throughs for neighbors who sign up for that follow-up service.

For more information about the local Green Sneakers initiative, please contact Carmen Lavertu at 354-9556 or Maine Partners for Cool Communities at 761-5616.

Ron Severance, Program Director for the Maine Department of Environmental Protection Air Quality Bureau said, “Maine DEP is proud to be a Green Sneakers project sponsor. This project is important to us because the energy choices people make have a direct impact on our air quality and climate. The Green Sneakers project provides a unique one-on-one messaging method, which will help people understand what some of those choices are all about. “

In endorsing the Green Sneakers project, Warren Town Manager Grant Watmough said, “We support the efforts of Maine Partners for Cool Communities… and we hope that householders in Warren will welcome the Green Sneakers volunteers in their neighborhoods. During this economic time it is even more important to be as energy efficient as possible.”

The Board of Selectmen in Thomaston also endorsed the Green Sneakers initiative at their Sept.14 meeting, saluting the local volunteers who are helping “bring home the message that we can each help reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change through simple strategies that save both energy and money.”