On Saturday, Nov. 4, students from Williams College, Bennington College, and MCLA will participate in the 10th annual Winter Blitz, a day of service dedicated to weatherizing homes in Northern Berkshire County, as well as Pownal and Bennington, Vt.
A community-service event started by Williams College, the collaborative nature of Winter Blitz has grown stronger this year. The Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives at Williams, the Office of Student Engagement at Bennington, and the Center for Service and Citizenship at MCLA have been working with student leaders to prepare for the one-day event.
This year approximately 75 volunteers from the three colleges will weatherize more than 25 homes, installing window kits, door sweeps, hot water pipe insulation, energy-efficient light bulbs, and more. Cracks around doors and windows in homes result in heat loss which drives up energy costs and requires more energy use. Weatherizing homes saves money and energy for the residents and contributes to broader energy conservation efforts. It also helps foster connections between students and local residents.