Expanded GreenMatters Workshop Series at ecoREMOD Announced

Going Green Does Matter!

June 6, 2011, Charlottesville, VA – In partnership with the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP), the Blue Ridge Home Builders Association (BRHBA) will extend and enhance its GreenMatters Workshops, presented by UVA Community Credit Union.

GreenMatters is series of residential workshops designed to help educate and inform the public on a variety of green building and design principles.

“In addition to green building, the seminars will also provide local residents and property owners easy access to information and resources that will help create more energy efficient, healthy and comfortable homes­­,” said Jim Kuznar, Executive Vice President of BRHBA.

The series recognizes the significant impact the “built environment” has on our natural environment, economy, and health.

“LEAP is excited to be part of a powerful team of community partners, and we are proud to host these events at ecoREMOD: The Energy House, a space designed for interactive and informative sessions,” said Cynthia Adams, Executive Director of the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP). “From renewable energy options to water conservation to cost savings by season, these workshops will give Charlottesville area residents the tools they need for healthier, more comfortable and affordable homes.”

A majority of the workshops will be held at ecoREMOD: The Energy House, however additional workshops will take place at various UVA Community Credit Union locations.

“We’re proud to partner with BRHBA and LEAP to harness their expertise in bringing this series of residential workshops to our community.  Promoting thrift – in this case, saving on en­­ergy bills – and providing education on how best to do this are cornerstones of our not-for-profit philosophy,” said Alison DeTuncq, President/CEO, UVA Community Credit Union.

Current GreenMatters Workshop schedule is as follows:

▪ June 9th (5:30 pm – 7pm): It’s Getting Hot Out There:  Home Cooling Strategies to Save You Money

▪ July 20: House, Lawn & Garden: Saving Water Inside & Out

▪ August: Renewables & Your Home: Sustainable Energy Solutions

▪ September: Healthy Homes: How Efficiency Can Help Alleviate Asthma & Allergies

▪ October: Preparing Your Home for Winter Weather: Air Sealing, Insulation, Windows, Doors & More

▪ November: How to Be Comfortable & Save Money: Heating Systems & Heat Pumps

▪ December: Everyday Energy Use: Lighting, Appliances, Base Load


Click here for the updated workshop schedule.

Above workshops will be held at ecoREMOD: The Energy House located at 608 Ridge Street, Charlottesville VA.  All events are free and open to the public though advance registration is requested. To learn more or register for any of the seminars, visit Local Energy Alliance Program. Exact dates and additional workshops will also be posted online.


The Blue Ridge Home Builders Association (BRHBA) is a professional trade association organized in 1964 to unite the builder/developer with the allied trade industries, businesses and professions that have interest in the building industry. BRHBA works to consolidate resources and build coalitions that will develop the industry and the community.

About LEAP

The Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) is the one-stop-shop for who to call, what to do and how to pay for it when it comes to creating a more comfortable, healthier and affordable home or building. As a non-profit, LEAP provides energy efficiency solutions to homeowners who live in the Central Virginia communities of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson counties and the City of Charlottesville and leads the effort locally to promote energy and water conservation in buildings, cost savings, job creation, sustainability, local economic development and environmental stewardship.

About UVA Community Credit Union

UVA Community Credit Union is a not-for-profit, member-owned cooperative that provides a wide range of convenient and professionally managed financial services to its more than 55,000 members.  Membership Eligibility: Membership is open to those who live or work in Charlottesville, Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, or Orange.  Business Eligibility: Membership is open to any business located in our field of membership.