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Button Up Video Contest Launched

(BARRE, VT) The Button Up Video Contest is coming! Capstone Community Action is looking for very short videos that inspire viewers to take action to lower their heating costs and do something positive for the planet. The competition runs September 2 to October 19, but contestants can start creating their videos any time. There is no entry fee and prizes will be awarded in several categories. Contest details and other background information are available at

When people button up their coats, it keeps the cold air out and the warmth in. The same can be done with our homes and other buildings—making them cozier, saving energy dollars, and fighting climate change.

“We heat and cool our homes, work places, and schools to stay comfortable, but waste much of the energy in the process,” explains Paul Zabriskie, Director of Weatherization and EnergySmart of Vermont. “Our buildings—old and new—allow too much air to stream through the ceiling, walls, and basement. It’s like trying to keep water in a bucket full of holes.”

It doesn’t have to be this way. When done correctly, weatherization improvements do a great job of keeping the heat where it belongs.

“We are excited to sponsor this creative competition and encourage a wide variety of voices to enter and highlight the value of buttoning up our buildings,” said Capstone Executive Director, Hal Cohen. “We believe these videos will motivate people to take steps that will make them more comfortable while using less energy.”

The Button Up Video Contest is open to all ages and runs from September 2 to October 15, 2014. Teachers are encouraged to involve their students.

Videos must be two minutes or less and will be judged in three categories: 1) Most humorous; 2) Most likely to spur action; and 3) Most informative. All styles are eligible and the videos will be available for public viewing on the contest site.

The contest is leading up to this year’s “Button Up Vermont Day of Action” on November 1st when volunteers throughout the state will be encouraging their friends and neighbors to use energy wisely and start saving money.

Visit or Button Up Vermont on Facebook for more information, or contact Michael Levine, Button Up Contest Director, or (802) 225-1320.


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