MSU Extension program receives governor’s award honorable mention

The Michigan Farm Energy Program received honorable mention for Best Communication or Educational Program at the first annual Governor’s Energy Excellence Awards.

Aluel Go, manager of the Michigan Farm Energy Program, received a letter from Rep. Sam Singh, dated Nov. 10, 2015, congratulating the program on its honorable mention. Al is a Michigan State University Extension energy conservation specialist and an outreach specialist in the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering in the MSU College of Engineering.

The letter read in part, “This award is presented to an organization that has overcome the barrier of communicating the benefits of energy efficiency by developing effective communication tools, marketing campaigns, and customer or behavioral engagement programs. … It takes discipline and hard work to contribute to energy efficient methods that make such an important impact on the Michigan community. You should be proud of this accomplishment. I look forward to seeing what the Michigan Farm Energy Program achieves in the years ahead.”

 M. Charles Gould, MSU Extension educator in the Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute said that the Michigan Farm Energy Program “is recognized across the nation as the premier energy auditor-training program. Many states have utilized all or part of the Michigan Farm Energy Program to develop their own auditor-training program.”

In addition, according to Charles, this MSU Extension program has helped increase USDA funding.

“Audits completed by auditors certified by the Michigan Farm Energy Program are the reason Michigan went from ranking 46th in 2009 to third in 2014 in receiving USDA energy efficiency funding. The audits were of such high quality that nearly every application was approved!” he said.

Congratulations to all responsible for the success of the Michigan Farm Energy Program!

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