GMP Rutland Innovation Home Official Contest Rules
ALL FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL, AND MUNICIPAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS APPLY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. CONTEST SPONSOR RESERVES RIGHT IN ITS SOLE DISCRETION TO MODIFY OR TERMINATE THE CONTEST IN THE EVENT OF ANY ACT, OCCURRENCE OR REASON THAT IT BELIEVES WOULD CORRUPT THE INTEGRITY, ADMINISTRATION OR FAIRNESS OF THE CONTEST.
These are the Official Contest Rules (the “Official Rules”) of Green Mountain Power’s (“GMP”) Rutland Innovation Home Contest (the “Contest”), and they can also be found at www.greenmountainpower.com (the “GMP Website”). The decision of the Contest Committee with regard to rules, winners, and prizes is final.
The GMP Rutland Innovation Home Contest is designed to support the continued revitalization of Rutland’s Northwest Neighborhood; highlight this wonderful region, available jobs, and the amazing sense of community that exists here; and demonstrate new technologies that can dramatically improve home comfort and reduce operating costs and environmental impacts of homes. The Contest Committee will select one individual or family to move into the Rutland Innovation Home and join the community.
PRIZE: The Contest Prize is the Rutland Innovation Home, and includes a deed to a new energy efficient, single-family home at 60 Cleveland Avenue in the City of Rutland, Vt.; six months of concierge service from a GMP employee knowledgeable about the region who can provide assistance with job searches, and business and personal contacts; four Beast 365 Year-Round Season Passes at Killington Ski Resort; and co-working space at GMP’s Energy Innovation Center for a minimum of one year.
ELIGIBILITY: The Contest is open to all legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are at least eighteen (18) years old at the time of entry. Employees and board members of Sponsor or Contest Committee members, and the immediate families (spouses, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of each are ineligible. Winner must certify willingness and ability to move to and reside in the Rutland Innovation Home in Rutland, Vermont, as well as acknowledge that maintenance, insurance and taxes related to the Rutland Innovation Home shall be the sole responsibility of the Winner prior to delivery of the Prize.
SPONSOR: This Contest is sponsored by Green Mountain Power, 163 Acorn Lane, Colchester, Vermont 05446, in collaboration with Naylor & Breen Builders of Brandon, Vt., and the United Way of Rutland County.
AGREEMENT TO OFFICIAL RULES: Participation in the Contest constitutes contestant’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules and the decisions of the Contest Committee. Prize award and delivery is contingent upon contestant’s compliance with these Official Rules and fulfilling all other requirements.
CONTEST PERIOD: The Rutland Innovation Home Contest application period begins on 12:00:01 p.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) on Feb. 26, 2018 and ends at 11:59:59 p.m. ET on June 18, 2018 (“Contest Period”). Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to extend the Contest Period for a period of up to sixty (60) days. Any announcement of an extension of the Contest Period shall be made on the GMP Website.
HOW TO ENTER: Each contestant must submit a completed Contest Entry Form by mail to: GMP’s Rutland Innovation Home Contest, Green Mountain Power, 2152 Post Road, Rutland, VT 05701. All Contest Entries must be postmarked during the Contest Period and received by GMP no later than three days after the last day of the Contest Period. Sponsor is not responsible for incomplete, lost, late, or misdirected entries. Only one entry per household. Late entries and entries in excess of the stated limitation will be disqualified. All entries become the property of the Sponsor and will not be returned. By submitting an entry, contestant agrees that if selected as the winner, he or she will work collaboratively with the Sponsor to publicize the Contest and the presentation of the Prize to the Winner.
Contestants must complete the entire Contest Entry Form, including the 500-word, two-part essay “Why I would like to live in the Rutland Innovation Home” and “What I, or my family, would bring to community life in Rutland,” which must meet the following technical requirements:
1. Must be an original essay of the contestant comprised of a total of 500 words or less (combined);
2. Must be typed or computer-generated typeface in English;
3. Should appear on one side of white 8 1⁄2 by 11” paper; and
4. Must be attached to the Entry Form and mailed to the address noted under “HOW TO ENTER.”
HOW THE WINNER IS CHOSEN:
The Rutland Innovation Home Contest Prize Winner will be chosen by a Contest Committee that will select a single Prize Winner from a pool of finalists selected by the Committee. Contest finalists will be asked to provide additional information and participate in an interview. Contest Entries will be judged based on contestant’s essay, interest in energy, efficiency, and the environment, and capability to maintain the home and become a positive member of the Rutland community. The quality, creativity, and thoughtfulness of entry will all merit consideration in determining the final winner. Through the contestant’s application, the contestant consents that if selected as a finalist, the contestant along with any adult member of his or her household will submit to a background check, which will require additional documentation. Failure to do so will cause a contestant to be excluded from further consideration. The Contest Committee is comprised of representatives from Green Mountain Power, United Way of Rutland County, Naylor & Breen Builders, the City of Rutland, NBF Architects, Rutland Young Professionals, Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce, and a selected Rutland Northwest neighborhood resident. The Contest Committee shall not discriminate against any contestant or other person because of race, color, disability, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, or sex.
GENERAL PRIZE INFORMATION: A single Prize Winner will be chosen no later than September 1, 2018 and will be notified by telephone. The Prize Winner will be required to submit a Declaration of Compliance within 30 days in order to claim his/her Prize. If a Prize Winner cannot be located or fails to submit the Declaration of Compliance within the required time period, the Prize Winner forfeits the prize. Potential Prize Winners must continue to comply with all terms and conditions of the Official Rules and winning is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements. In the event that a Prize Winner is disqualified for any reason, the Sponsor will award the Prize to the next runner up using the same notification process. The Prize Winner is responsible for all local, county, state, and federal taxes based on the value of the Prize, and agrees to provide documentation as may be necessary to Sponsor for the purposes of federal and state tax law compliance.
COPYRIGHT AND PUBLICATION: Except where prohibited by law, contest entry constitutes contestant’s permission for Sponsor to use the contestant’s essay, name, hometown, likenesses, stories, and photographs for online posting, and/or any advertising and publicity without additional compensation. For promotional purposes, Sponsor reserves the right to edit the Winner’s essay in its sole discretion for length, but not for content, and decide what part of the essay will be posted on www.greenmountainpower.com, in social media or otherwise published.
WINNING PRIZE: Within 30 days of notice of receipt of the Prize Winner’s Declaration of Compliance as provided herein, Sponsor shall convey the Rutland Innovation Home in “AS IS” condition with all faults, by Limited Warranty Deed, subject to easements and rights of way of way of record and other customary and standard exceptions and provisions. The Limited Warranty Deed shall include a covenant that shall run with the land providing that the Rutland Innovation Home shall be used as a single-family residence. The Deed shall also require occupancy as a primary residence and restrict conveyance, encumbrance, or gift for a period of 5 years.
ACCEPTANCE OF CONTEST RULES; CHOICE OF LAW: By submitting a Contest Entry Form, each contestant accepts and agrees to be bound by these Official Contest Rules, and except where prohibited by law, waives any right of appeal of decisions, including any protest or legal recourse. Each contestant agrees that any dispute arising out of or relating to this Contest, the Official Contest Rules or the Prize shall be resolved in the courts of the State of Vermont, County of Rutland. This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the United States of America and the State of Vermont.
RELEASE AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: By participating in the Contest, contestant agrees to release and hold harmless the Sponsor and Contest Committee, and each of their respective partners, subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, other companies associated with the Contest, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, shareholders, representatives, and agents (the Released Parties) from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Contest or receipt or use of the Prize (including any travel or activities related thereto), including but not limited to any technical errors associated with the Contest, unauthorized human intervention in the Contest, mechanical, network, electronic, computer, human, printing or typographical errors, applications downloads, any other errors or problems 00023911-2 in connection with the Contest including, without limitation, errors that may occur in the administration of the Contest, the announcement of the winner, the cancellation or postponement of the contest, injury, death, losses or damages of any kind to persons or property which may be caused directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from contestant’s participation in the Contest or acceptance, receipt or misuse of the Prize. Contestant further agrees that in any cause of action, the Released Parties’ liability will be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs required to enter the Contest, and in no event shall the contestant be entitled to receive attorney’s fees. Released Parties are also not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by site users, tampering, hacking, or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest. Contestant waives the right to claim any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, direct, or indirect damages.