Less is more: Transforming low-income communities through energy efficiency

Transforming low-income communities through energy efficiency

About this course:

Did you know that residential energy use represents 22 percent of all energy consumption in the United States? Learn more about Habitat for Humanity’s 2015 Shelter Report, which focuses on improving energy efficiency among lower-income households. Although Habitat for Humanity and the federal government are addressing some of the energy efficiency issues among lower-income families, too many families still face the challenge of energy costs that are excessive compared to their overall incomes. Americans spend $230 billion on home energy each year and lower-income Americans are especially feeling the crunch as energy bills amount to 15-50 percent of their incomes. From retrofits to federal programs to innovative public private partnerships, the Shelter Report outlines the enormous opportunities we have to reduce bills, create jobs, boost the economy, and ensure a more sustainable future for low-income communities.

Presenter – Brad Penney Energy and Environmental policy advocate with twelve years of experience working in the House and Senate; extensive background in government relations and advocacy; experienced energy policy analyst. Current clients include Alliance to Save Energy and Natural Resources Defense Council. Well known advocate on Capitol Hill with superior team building, negotiating, and lobbying skills. Strong oral communication and writing skills, including several publications and creator of numerous presentations. Elisabeth Gehl Associate Director of Federal Relations Elisabeth supports HFHI’s domestic policy and advocacy efforts, along with the implementation of its advocacy strategic initiative. Before joining HFHI, Gehl was the director of governmental relations for the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations in New Orleans and the director of public policy for Business and Professional Women/USA in Washington, D.C. She also served as a staff assistant to former Sen. Joseph R. Biden of Delaware on Capitol Hill.

CEUs: 1 hour

  • 1 Hour in State Architect / Builder License. GBCI Certified Green Professional (NARI & NAHB) AIA(HSW) AIBD Certified GreenHome Professional (CGHP)

You'll learn:

  • Gain a thorough overview of what residential energy efficiency entails
  • Learn about innovative approaches to providing energy efficiency opportunities to low-income communities
  • Learn about current best practices to provide residential energy retrofits
  • Hear about policy recommendations about how to provide more energy efficiency opportunities to low-income Americans


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Green Home Institute
Green Home Institute

The GreenHome Institute is a 501 c3 non profit with a mission to empower people to make healthier and more sustainable choices in the construction and renovation of the places we live. We have certified over 6,000 green homes and trained over 15,000 professionals in residential green building.


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