Retrofit Meetings All Over the City

March 23, 2010 at 5:27 pm Leave a comment

Between March 3rd and 14th, Clean Energy Durham staff met with all 15 of the neighborhoods that applied for the City of Durham’s Neighborhood Energy Retrofit Program. Each neighborhood was represented by the volunteers who signed the application forms to take a leadership role within their neighborhood. There were between 4 and 12 volunteers at each meeting, with most neighborhoods having 5-7 volunteers.

An inspiring outcome of these meetings was that many of the volunteers expressed enthusiasm for the program even though their own homes would not qualify. They were excited to be involved in something that benefitted the neighborhood. Some of their comments:

• “We want to do more as a neighborhood to help our neighbors.”
• “Volunteering is a way to get to know my neighborhood.”
• “This project is perfect because of this kind of neighborhood. There are a lot of people in old drafty homes. I am intimidated by a do-it-yourself project, but this program can draw people in.”
• “I’m new to [the neighborhood], looking for a way to get involved. This is an opportunity to learn and to give back.”

By the end of March, the City of Durham will convene a committee to make the selections. The selected neighborhoods will then have another meeting for the leaders. Those not chosen will be given the opportunity to be re-entered into selection for Phase 2 of the program. The main differences between Phase 1 and 2 are the funder (DOE vs. EPA), household payment for qualified homes ($200 vs. $300), and the market value of the services per house ($2,000 vs. $1,500).

Entry filed under: Neighborhood Energy Retrofit Program (NERP).

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