Webinar: Better Together: Linking and Leveraging Energy Programs for Low-Income Households

Thu, Nov 19, 2015 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM CST
Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7475586524357611778

Low-income households typically spend more on energy than average households do, both in absolute terms and as a percentage of household expenditures. Furthermore, low-income households often lack the means to make improvements in energy efficiency or to purchase renewable energy technologies. Recognizing these facts, government agencies, non-profits, and utilities offer a wide range of energy efficiency and renewable energy (EE/RE) programs targeted to low-income households. Too often, however, the services provided by these programs are delivered independently, without a high level of coordination. This can result in duplication of effort, wasted resources, and reduced effectiveness.

This 90-minute webcast will explore the topic of linking and leveraging EE/RE programs for limited-income households, including the need to coordinate with other energy assistance programs. It will present case studies of organizations that have successfully advanced connections among available programs and funding sources. Learn about:

  • The benefits of state program alignment from the National Energy Assistance Directors Association,
  • Energy Outreach Colorado’s experience creating a non-profit hub for energy assistance, and
  • DTE Energy’s experience designing utility programs to coordinate assistance.

This webcast is the first in a series brought to you by U.S. EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program, showcasing effective efforts by state and local agencies, non-profits, and utilities to bring EE/RE to low-income households. Under the Clean Power Plan, EPA is committed to helping communities benefit from EE/RE. EPA hopes these examples will inform state and local EE/RE strategies targeted at low-income households.

Exxon Sowed Doubt About Climate Science for Decades by Stressing Uncertainty

Read the full story at Inside Climate News.

Collaborating with the Bush-Cheney White House, Exxon turned ordinary scientific uncertainties into weapons of mass confusion.

Hong Kong’s Drive for ‘Green Burials’ Clashes With Tradition

Read the full story in the New York Times.

Generations in Hong Kong have followed a familiar routine to honor the dead, jostling for prime burial spots in the mountains and by the sea, or spending small fortunes on jade urns and elaborate ceremonies.

But now the government is seeking to upend those customs. Concerned by a scarcity of space and a rise in deaths, it has embarked on an effort to promote “green burials,” urging the public to forgo traditional burials and the storage of funeral urns in special buildings after cremation. Instead, it wants people to scatter the ashes of loved ones in gardens and at sea.

Walmart and Target lead charge to get sustainable cosmetics on shelves

Read the full story at Edie.

American retail giants Walmart and Target are two of the first companies to sign up to a new industry leadership group that aims to steer the beauty sector towards more sustainable products.

New report on energy-efficient computing

Read the full story from the National Science Foundation.

A report that resulted from a workshop jointly funded by the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) and National Science Foundation (NSF) outlines key factors limiting progress in computing–particularly related to energy consumption–and novel research that could overcome these barriers.

October 28 — How should we “green” our most vulnerable communities?

Wednesday, October 28 noon-1:00 p.m.
WebEx address for online attendees:

Bonnie Keeler, Lead Scientist, Natural Capital Project; Kate Derickson, Professor, College of Liberal Arts; Jenna Fletcher, Program Director, Trust for Public Land; Karen Monahan, Senior Organizer, Minnesota North Star Chapter, Sierra Club; and Kenya McKnight Ahad, Met Council Transportation Advisory Board

The environmental justice movement has drawn attention to the impacts of pollution and dis-amenities (factories, roads) on low income and traditionally marginalized populations in urban areas. These communities face a triple whammy of risks: the people who live there are more vulnerable, they live in lower quality housing, and they are located in areas with greater environmental risks and greater exposure to pollution. For people in these communities, the environment may seem like a liability rather than an asset. Urban streams are sometimes polluted or filled with garbage and crime can cause parks to be perceived as places to avoid rather than recreational amenities. At the same time, trees provide shade reducing energy costs and gardens, parks and green spaces offer cultural and aesthetic value. In this panel, we will explore the evidence for links between urban nature and the health and well-being of urban residents — both positive and negative — and what this means for the greening of neighborhoods in the Twin Cities. We will also hear from community leaders about successes and challenges associated with infrastructure costs, green housing, urban redevelopment and the equitable distribution of nature in the city.

IonE Seminar Room R380, Learning & Environmental Sciences Bldg., St. Paul


No Need To Launder These Disposable Sheets, When You Can Greenwash Them Instead

Read the full story at Fast Company.

New laundry-free linens may be convenient for college students, Airbnb hosts, and disaster relief. But saying they are eco-friendly is a stretch.