2012 Residential Energy Efficiency Awards


Each year, the Residential Energy Efficiency Awards recognize the most outstanding projects that have leveraged government funds to improve the efficiency and safety of our nation’s homes This year’s winners have again demonstrated innovation, leadership, and an unwavering commitment to

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Weatherization Plus Health: The Connecticut Efficient Healthy Homes Initiative


National Association for State Community Services Programs The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Weatherization Plus Health Initiative provides a national platform for increasing partnerships among organizations serving the health, housing, and energy needs of low income families at the state

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Kansas Leads the Way in Energy Performance Contracts


By Leo Wiegman “Energy efficiency is, no doubt, the least costly, least risky, and quickest way to meet energy needs of the future.” — Jim Ploger, former director of the Kansas Energy Office Kansas is a model for implementing the

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View From The Field: New York City Accelerator for a Clean and Renewable Economy

By Chris Shreve In a bright, high-ceilinged loft in lower Manhattan lives the New York City Accelerator for a Clean and Renewable Economy (NYC ACRE), an incubator for clean technology and renewable energy start-ups. The director of NYC ACRE, Micah

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In Oklahoma, Putting Off the Need for New Power Plants

By Rona Cohen Conservation has long been considered a societal good, but increasingly, utilities in major energy-producing states are discovering that it makes economic sense, too Developments in Oklahoma, a top supplier of natural gas, exemplify how a mix of

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Cambridge Housing Authority


Lyndon B. Johnson Apartments “L.B. Johnson Apartments is one more step toward achieving the Commonwealth’s nation-leading goals for energy savings, a healthier environment, and comfortable living for Massachusetts residents.” –Mark Sylvia, Commissioner  Massachusetts Department of Energy Resource Still in the

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Blue Sea Development


General Colin L. Powell Apartments, Bronx, New York The General Colin L. Powell Apartments complex has revitalized the once vacant and boarded up Fox Street in New York City’s South Bronx neighborhood. Named in honor of retired general Colin L.

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KB Home


ZeroHouse 2.0, San Antonio, Texas In October 2011, KB Home, one of the largest Energy Star builders in the nation, unveiled its first net-zero energy home in San Antonio, Texas. Dubbed ZeroHouse 2.0, the home is a result of a

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Opportunity Council


Bellingham, Washington  “Our intent was to create something that would be adopted nationally and leverage the low-income weatherization program.” –Dave Finet, Executive Director, Opportunity Council In recent years, the concept of leveraging the Weatherization Assistance Program to improve the health

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