Energy efficiency, as opposed to energy conversation, usually involves an initial investment to reduce energy usage. This investment is typically cost prohibitive in communities already suffering from a significant energy burden. This symposium will identify the challenges and highlight successes associated with developing and implementing energy efficiency programs and their impact across a variety of low-income communities. An overview of the issue will be presented, followed by global, regional, state, and community level perspectives. Organizations that have succeeded in implementing energy efficiency in low-income communities by taking a systems approach will explain their methodology, the resources required, and the results. The aim of the symposium is to highlight the unique challenges and to inspire attendees to adopt a systems approach when working with low income communities.
Michele Putko, PE, Lecturer, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Annie Gilleo, Senior Manager, State Policy, American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE)
Debbie Weyl, Manager, Building Efficiency Initiative, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, World Resources Institute
Patrick M. Cicero, Pennsylvania Utility Law Project