2019 Energy Navigator Volunteer Application
Please fill this out to be considered for participation in the 2019 program.
Energy Navigators are concerned and capable residents who help their friends, neighbors and other community members learn about ways they can reduce their energy use and energy bills and use renewable forms of energy to heat and power their homes. In particular, Navigators focus on programs that cover costs of energy efficiency, renewable heating and solar for households with limited income. Navigators provide one-on-one advising to interested residents, including doing walkthrough home visits with hands-on demonstrations of energy-saving strategies. They also try to lead by example!

Energy Navigators commit to a year-long program from April 2019-February 2020 that includes a period of training, followed by supervised outreach and education with community members. Volunteers are expected to give at least 50 hours of their time over the course of the year to related outreach activities, and help at least ten of their contacts with energy-related actions (please read the Volunteer Job Description for more information on expectations).

Energy Navigator trainee selection is based on an applicant’s ability to attend the training sessions, and their capacity and interest in helping others. Preference is given to volunteers who are connected to diverse populations in rural and urban areas.

The 10-session Energy Navigator Training will begin on Wednesday, April 10th, 2019 from 6-8:15 pm, and meet the subsequent Wednesdays at the same time. After the training, monthly gatherings will be held to support Navigator outreach activities, and share additional information.

Questions? Contact Karim Beers, Get Your GreenBack Tompkins coordinator, at kwb6@cornell.edu.

Date of Application
Do you Rent or Own? *
Name *
Your answer
Phone(s): *
Your answer
Email *
Your answer
Preferred Communication Method
Resident of: *
Why do you wish to become an Energy Navigator (Why is it a good fit for you?) *
Your answer
What skills and experience do you bring that will help you be a successful Energy Navigator and/or resource to other volunteers? *
For example, experience with community outreach, community contacts with specific communities or groups, relevant studies or work experience in energy fields, first-hand experience with energy efficiency, heating, etc.
Your answer
Which of the following things are you doing/have done or would like to do? Mark all that apply. *
Am Doing/Have Done
Would Like to Do
Not Now
Energy Audit
Air sealed and insulated home
Solar electric or solar hot water
Heat with wood or wood pellets
Heat with heat pumps (air-source or "geothermal")
Drive an electric vehicle or a hybrid
On a personal level, if the program could help you with one energy improvement, what would it be? *
Your answer
Check three of the following Energy Navigator training topics that most interest you. *
Have you ever volunteered/worked for Cooperative Extension before? If yes, give dates, program position, County/State.
Your answer
Check two of the following volunteer activities that most interest you. *
While everyone is expected to help with community outreach and support at least ten of their contacts with energy-related decisions, there will be other opportunities for volunteering. Your answer will give us a sense of the type of activities you are most interested in.
Which of these would be your top choice? *
Your answer
Comments: (Optional)
Your answer
Approximately how many hours per week do you anticipate volunteering? *
Volunteers are expected to offer 8 hours a month or at least a total of 50 hours over their period of service.
Your answer
Would you be willing to host a training session or gathering at your home?
Marking "yes" is not a commitment, but lets me know it may be a possibility. Homes with renewable heating systems, solar, or other relevant characteristics are useful for the group's learning.
Where did you learn about the opportunity to volunteer as an Energy Navigator? *
Specifics help! For example, the name of the listserv, newsletter, meeting, group, or place you saw a poster.
Your answer
Do you anticipate having any trouble with transportation to training sessions? If 'yes', please describe.
Your answer
Do you have any physical or health accommodations that may be needed to allow you to participate in Energy Navigator training and/or volunteering? If 'yes', please describe.
Your answer
Do you now have, or anticipate, any obligations that may prevent you from fulfilling the volunteer commitment to the Program over the next year? If 'yes', please describe.
Your answer
References (List two people, not related to you, that we may contact who have knowledge of your qualifications. Include the reference's name, how they know you, their email, and telephone.) *
Your answer
Additional Information: You are welcome to include additional comments in response to the questions above, or other information that may be useful for us in evaluating your application
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