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Eversource Partners with Goodwill of Western and Northern CT to Help Them Save Money & Energy
Upgrades save nonprofit more than $148,000 in annual energy costs

BERLIN, Conn. – April 24, 2019 – For nonprofit organizations, reducing operating costs means more money in the budget to support their programs. Goodwill of Western and Northern Connecticut, which provides skills training and work opportunities to more than 13,000 people every year, is no stranger to this concept. The organization recently partnered with Eversource to make 17 of its retail, distribution and sorting facilities across the state more energy efficient. The result: Goodwill of Western and Northern Connecticut will save more than $148,000 in annual energy costs.

“Since each location operates anywhere between 80 and 90 hours a week, Goodwill was a perfect candidate for energy efficiency improvements,” said Eversource Energy Efficiency spokesperson Enoch Lenge. “Goodwill is a vital member of the community, and it was important to us as a company to connect them to solutions for savings. The improvements will deliver almost $1.5 million in savings over the next 10 years.”

Goodwill of Western and Northern Connecticut store on Route 44, Avon

From Avon and Danbury to Stamford and Westport, Goodwill of Western and Northern Connecticut wanted to reduce its energy use while providing the best environment for customers and employees. A no-cost, on-site energy assessment of its facilities by an Eversource-authorized contractor identified two primary saving opportunities – long-lasting and efficient indoor and outdoor LED lighting and low-flow faucet aerators, which reduce the flow of water without reducing pressure – saving both water and energy. Additionally, control devices were added to beverage vending machines at each location to reduce the amount of electricity they use.

“We make it a priority to be proactive and take advantage of creative ways to strategically offset some of our operational costs,” said Goodwill of Western and Northern Connecticut Chief Financial Officer Jerry Segrue. “Every dollar saved with this upgrade is funding that can be redirected to our mission - supporting people with disabilities, economic disadvantages, and other barriers to employment. We plan to replicate the program’s success at our other Connecticut locations.”

Eversource and Goodwill of Western and Northern Connecticut worked with contractor Artis Energy of Middletown and Emendee Technologies, a Southington-based consultant, to make the energy-efficiency improvements. Participating locations included: Avon, Bloomfield, Bristol, Brookfield, Danbury, Enfield, Glastonbury, Hartford, Manchester, New Milford, Newington, Oxford, Riverside, Stamford, Torrington, Waterbury, and Westport.

For more information about Eversource’s energy efficiency programs, rebates and incentives, or to schedule an energy assessment for your business, visit the Save Money & Energy section of or call
877-WISE-USE (877-947-3873). Eversource is a proud sponsor of Energize Connecticut.

About Eversource
Eversource (NYSE: ES) transmits and delivers electricity to 1.2 million customers in 149 cities and towns, provides natural gas to 237,000 customers in 74 communities, and supplies water to approximately 197,000 customers in 51 communities across Connecticut. Recognized as the top U.S. utility for its energy efficiency programs by the sustainability advocacy organization Ceres, Eversource harnesses the commitment of about 8,000 employees across three states to build a single, united company around the mission of safely delivering reliable energy and water with superior customer service. For more information, please visit our website ( and follow us on Twitter (@EversourceCT) and Facebook ( For more information on our water services, visit

About Energize Connecticut
Energize Connecticut helps you save money and use clean energy. It is an initiative of the State of Connecticut, the Connecticut Green Bank, Eversource, UI, SCG and CNG, with funding from a charge on customer energy bills. Information can be found at

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Created: Wednesday, April 24, 2019

NBCUniversal Employees Bring Story Time to Toquam Magnet Elementary School
Annual “Business-to-Books” Read-a-thon program featured visits from local business leaders to public elementary schools

STAMFORD, CT – April 11, 2019 – Executives and employees from NBCUniversal’s (NBCU) Stamford Media Center (SMC) read to students at Toquam Magnet Elementary School yesterday as part of United Way of Western Connecticut’s (UWWC) Annual “Business-to-Books” Read-a-thon program.

Paul Faulhaber, Executive Producer of “Maury,” and a team of SMC employees read to kindergarten and first grade students at Toquam Magnet School. This marks the tenth year that NBCU has participated in the “Business-to-Books” initiative.

“I really look forward to participating in this event every year. The kids are adorable and the questions they ask are priceless. Reading to the children brings back special memories that I shared with my own three boys, who are now grown.”

“I’m not sure who enjoys this event more; the children or our staff members. Everyone leaves smiling,” added Faulhaber.

In addition to NBCUniversal and Toquam Magnet School, five other public elementary schools were visited by volunteers from local companies, including: Holland & Knight, Legg Mason, Pitney Bowes, Shipman & Goodwin, and Synchrony.

“United Way business partners like NBCUniversal took time out of their busy schedules to read to more than 1,100 children in Stamford Public Schools,” said Bridget Fox, Chief Impact Officer. “We are lucky to work in a city with so many committed corporate partners who recognize the value of giving back to their community.”

In January 2002, United Way, recognizing the critical importance of promoting volunteerism in the community, worked with its corporate partners to launch the “Business-to-Books” Read-a-thon program. The program is designed to enhance public education by increasing community volunteerism in the schools.

The Stamford Media Center is located in downtown Stamford and produces NBCUniversal talk shows including “Maury” and “The Steve Wilkos Show.” Coming this fall, NBCUniversal will premiere “Judge Jerry,” a syndicated court show with Jerry Springer behind the bench.

About United Way of Western Connecticut
United Way of Western Connecticut (UWWC) improves the lives of hard-working, struggling households by mobilizing the resources of local communities to create lasting change. We help residents across Northern Fairfield County, Southern Litchfield County and the City of Stamford by focusing on the vital building blocks for a good life: Education, Financial Stability and Health. We are committed to ensuring that every child enters school ready to learn, every family is financially stable, and every community we serve is healthy and strong. We are particularly focused on a population that United Way identifies as ALICE® (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) in our communities. A United Way report published in October 2016 revealed that in Connecticut, more than 1 in 4 households has earnings above the Federal Poverty Level, but below a basic cost-of-living threshold. Combined with those who are struggling below poverty level, 38% of all households in the state are experiencing financial hardship. By leveraging the collective power of the community, we are focused on creating an environment where individuals and families are self-sufficient and can achieve financial independence. For more information about United Way of Western Connecticut, please visit: Like us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter. Follow us on Instagram. Watch us on YouTube.

The Stamford Media Center and Productions, LLC, a division of NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution group, is a state-of-the-art, high-definition production facility located in the heart of downtown Stamford. The Stamford Media Center’s Studio A has been the production home of “Maury” and “The Steve Wilkos Show” since 2009. “Judge Jerry” will be shot in the newly refurbished Studio B. NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution is responsible for the production, sales and distribution of NBCUniversal products to broadcast television within the United States. The division develops and produces first-run programming and distributes these shows, along with off-network content, in broadcast syndication.

Created: Wednesday, April 24, 2019

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