DOE Technical Assistance Program May Webinar Schedule

State, city, county, and tribal energy practitioners won’t want to miss the Technical Assistance Program (TAP) webinars coming up in May. The webinars will continue to explore best practices and technical information for energy experts wanting to expand their knowledge.

Registration is now open for the May webinars, which will address a range of topics including:

  • A review of residential retrofit program design
  • Leveraging partnerships with faith-based organizations
  • Achieving energy savings with practical strategies for managing and synchronizing traffic signals
  • Using social media tools to engage communities in energy efficiency projects
  • Code compliance policies and procedures for new buildings

The complete webinar schedule for this month can be found below, although webinar details are subject to change. You can find descriptions of the upcoming webinars, sign-up information, and past TAP webinar presentations on the Solution Center. And check out the TAP blog for more TAP-related resources and success stories.

Don’t see a webinar for a topic you’re interested in? Make a comment on our blog or send an email to

Residential Retrofit Program Design Guide Overview
Host: Team 4-Vermont Energy Investment Corporation
Date: May 3, 2011
Time: 2:00-3:30 EDT
Description: As states and municipalities plan and roll out residential retrofit programs, having a trusted “operations manual” to use will help save time and avoid potential pitfalls. The “Residential Retrofit Program Design Guide” is just such a manual, designed to provide guidance to program planners and implementers based on decades of experience from successful retrofit programs. This webinar will introduce the Residential Retrofit Program Design Guide and provide an overview of its content and structure. It will focus on how programs can use it for planning and as an on-going resource. Additionally, the webinar will profile successful grantee residential retrofit programs.

Leveraging Partnerships with Faith-Based Organizations
Host: Vermont Energy Investment Corporation
Date: May 17, 2011
Time: 2:00-3:00 EDT
Description: This webinar will explore how faith-based organizations and their partners have pursued and implemented energy efficiency upgrades to their facilities and members’ homes. Three successful programs will present their models and experience in leveraging faith-based organizations to save energy.

Traffic Synchronization and Management for Energy Savings
Host: ICF International, Team 1
Date: May 18, 2011
Time: 12:00-1:00 EDT
Description: This webinar will discuss practical strategies to manage and synchronize traffic signals in order to increase energy savings. It will provide a general overview of traffic signal coordination principles; present strategies for implementation in order to maximize benefits; describe tools and techniques to evaluate benefits; and present real-life implementation projects funded through DOE’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program.

Using Social Media to Engage the Community in Energy Efficiency Projects
Host: ICF International, Team 1
Date: May 26, 2011
Time: 1:00-2:30 EDT
Description: This webinar will be a round-table discussion on the ways grantees use social media tools to enhance and promote EECBG and SEP projects within their communities. First, DOE communications experts will introduce a range of social media resources. Then, grantee panelists will discuss specifically how their organizations use social media tools to provide a forum for community networking and stakeholder engagement, notify the public about training, financing and rebate opportunities, increase participation in bike-share and similar participatory projects, and get the word out on successful projects for grantees and sub grantees. Strategies and policies for managing social media will also be shared. Discussions will be led by a technical moderator from DOE, and the audience will be invited to share their experiences and ask questions of the panelists.

Policies and Procedures for Enhancing Code Compliance
Host: Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
Date: May 31, 2011
Time: 2:00-3:00 EDT
Description: Using the 2009 International Code Council’s (ICC) Energy Code as a basis, this webinar will focus on national and regional code compliance, inspection, and verification issues associated with new building construction. The webinar will explore issues, possible solutions, studies currently underway, and available DOE resources for municipalities looking to implement the current codes.

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