When the Little Guy Makes a Big Difference

Chris Heinz - October 15, 2013

When my brother John was 12 years old, he entered a wrestling meet at summer camp.

Pairings were determined by weight, and after the weigh-in, John was matched with … Joe. Joe was one of the camper leaders, was 18 years old, and was in the oldest cabin. It hardly seemed like a fair fight, and organizers told John he could opt out. But without a blink, John agreed.

Word of the matchup spread throughout camp with David versus Goliath fervor. Whispers of “John’s going to get creamed” and “Shortest match of the century” echoed in the air. I was nervous for my bro, and butterflies flapped in my stomach all day.

Finally the match was here, and in the first round, Joe took John to the mat.


But John reversed Joe and got him on his back. John drove Joe’s shoulders to the mat until the referee’s hand slapped down, signaling victory. John had pinned Joe! David had beaten Goliath!

Sometimes the little guy just needs a chance to shine.

Strategic Energy Innovations (SEI) partnered with seven small cities in the San Francisco Bay Area on an EPA-backed initiative, the Small Cities Climate Action Partnership.

The project was designed to discover how small cities, each with populations between 10,000 – 30,000 people and with limited resources, could find energy solutions by collaborating with one another.

The cities wanted to reduce their energy use, in part from a desire to make a difference in a state that is seeking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Using EnergyCAP, SEI helped identify opportunities for savings and organize/assess the energy data of the small cities.

Working together, several cities have since completed their Climate Action Plans, and several others have initiated a state-wide network of small cities that are interested in energy and climate issues.

You don’t have to be big to make a difference.

Read the Case Study about how smaller California cities are making a difference


Topics: Client Savings

Chris Heinz

About the Author
Chris Heinz

Chris is Vice President of Human Resources for EnergyCAP, Inc., which helps organizations get value from their utility bills through energy management software. He's an Associate Certified Coach by the International Coach Federation, a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach, and a Certified Professional Life Coach. He also started www.Munyay.com to help people love their life and love their work.

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