Greenlight of the month: Melissa Foster, KVIS founder and president

Greenlight of the month: Melissa Foster, KVIS founder and president


Learn why Melissa Foster loves our Green Team below: 

1. What do you love about Kenmore?

What I love about Kenmore are the people! The Kenmore Village Improvement Society (KVIS) has more than 600 members now - each a gracious and generous hearted individual willing to freely give of their time, talents, and energy to help make our community the very best it can be. 

This month marks our organization’s 4th anniversary. During these four years, I have been privileged and honored to attend more than 750 meetings, in which KVIS members gather to think about a specific part of life here in Kenmore. At each of these meetings our members discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each part of our community and create thoughtful action plans to address those needs.  

The varied experiences, depth of vision, understanding, and passion of those participating is astounding! The heart of any community are the residents and what I have learned over the years, is that Kenmore is filled with people who are kind, intelligent and generous.  

2. Why do you believe in PUSH Green?

PUSH Green offers residents the ability to improve their homes in a way that makes energy upgrades affordable. I thought that I was familiar with everything that PUSH Green had to offer, but learned at our last KVIS meeting, that I had missed some vital information. The PUSH Green program truly does make energy efficiency improvements attainable.  

The program helps us to reduce our energy consumption as we all strive to be more aware of our carbon footprint - helping us become a more "green" community. Reducing our carbon footprint and our energy consumption is a gift, not only for ourselves but also for those to come. Being able to leave behind a legacy of energy efficiency and sustainability for Kenmore’s future residents is a very noble act – an act, that will hopefully become a part of our life's legacy of giving.  

What I like most about the program is that payments for the improvements are placed on our utility bills. The On-Bill Recovery Loan will not make our utility bills skyrocket, thus making the PUSH Green program truly affordable.  

3. What would you do with an extra $700 a year?

The KVIS would take the extra $700 a year to help support our programs like our Children's Concert Series, Independence Day Celebration or Dog Days of Kenmore. 

At home, my husband and I would most likely use the $700 to make continued improvements to our property. We have a large garden in the back of our house but have kept the front simple. Perhaps we would use the money to purchase colorful plants to place in our front yard.  

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The KVIS encourages all homeowners to learn about the PUSH Green program and share the information with your friends and neighbors. Utilizing the program will help raise the value of our homes, create a more well maintained community and will help us save money while offering us the opportunity to give the gift of a greener planet for future generations. 

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