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October 22, 2003

Gavilan College will show residents how to save energy, save money, and "Reach For The Stars."

The Gavilan College Educational Foundation has been selected as a partner in the California Public Utilities Commission's "Reach for the Stars" statewide campaign, helping to educate the public about energy efficiency, and programs to help low-income residents aquire energy-efficient appliances and reduced utility rates. A grant of $10,000 was awarded to the Gavilan College Educational Foundation for this partnership. The name, "Reach For The Stars," refers to the "Energy Star" designation on energy-efficent appliances.

The campaign includes advertising, brochures, and promotional items all bearing the name "Reach for the Stars" and the toll free phone number people can call to find out how to participate: 1 - 877-228-STAR.

"Reach For The Stars" is being implemented by the Gavilan College Public Information Office through advertising, public service announcements, and community outreach. Community members can expect to see information about "Reach for the Stars" in local media and at events sponsored by Gavilan College this semester.

At recent events on the Gavilan College campus, including Club Day and the annual Health Faire, students and visitors from the community had the chance to ask questions, get information, and share their experiences with the program. The "Reach For The Stars" message was also communicated to visitors at the Gavilan College table at the San Benito County Fair. People visiting the table were able to take brochures, in English and Spanish, explaining energy-efficiency programs and income qualifications. Many were surprised to find that, even though they are working, they may qualify for assistance. They also received free pens and magnets touting the Reach for the Stars toll-free hotline: 1-877-228-STAR, which directs callers to information about energy-efficiency programs.

Anyone who missed these events will be able to learn more at the Gavilan College Homecoming, which will take place on October 25 at San Benito High School, or by visiting Gavilan College in Hollister, in the Briggs building at the corner of Fourth and San Benito Streets. There they will be able to view a display, and receive free brochures, magnets and pens with information about the program. The hours at Gavilan College Hollister are Monday through Thursday, from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., and on Fridays from 8:30 a .m. to 5 p.m. The office closes for lunch from noon - 1 p.m. every day.

The California Public Utilities Commission hopes to get the word out about energy efficiency resources through this campaign. Locally, they especially hope to target rural and low-income residents of San Benito County.

To find out about energy-efficiency programs, or utilities assistance for low-income residents, call 1 - 877-228-STAR. For more information about Gavilan College activities and events, or to schedule a presentation about "Reach for the Stars" for your organization, please call (408) 847-4724.

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editors note: attached is a fact-sheet of energy-efficiency tips, which may be used in a sidebar for your readers.

Last modified: August 17, 2011
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