Clean Energy Durham Announces Expansion Plans

August 1, 2011 at 2:54 pm Leave a comment

Clean Energy Durham recently received funding from several sources to expand its program into other communities across North Carolina.

Now entering its fifth year, Clean Energy Durham has had tremendous success educating neighbors in Durham about economical ways to save energy and share that information with their neighbors. In demand from other communities since its inception, Clean Energy Durham has now secured the resources to pilot its model outside of Durham.

Funding from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, for example, will enable Clean Energy Durham to collaborate with the UNC Environmental Finance Center and the Halifax Electric Membership Cooperative to track before and after energy data from participants in upcoming workshops in Warren County.

A grant from the North Carolina Community Development Initiative will allow Clean Energy Durham to package its extensive, road-tested workshop materials into training curriculum for use by other communities. Progress Energy and the City of Raleigh are contributing matching funds to help this project get off the ground.

Clean Energy Durham has hired a new Deputy Director, Dan Curry, to oversee these expansion efforts. “Dan is a tremendous addition to our staff,” notes Executive Director Judy Kincaid. “His years of experience in community development on the staff of the City of Greensboro will lend the right expertise to help guide us as we develop new partnerships across the state.”

The organization also welcomes three new board members. Jeff Andre, BuildSense Operations Lead, is excited to add his strategic vision to the organization. Mark Munday, President and CEO of Elster Solutions, brings a wealth of knowledge from his years as the head of a multinational energy corporation. Debbie Royster, Community Health Organizer for Duke University’s Division of Community Health, brings her detailed familiarity with inner-city Durham neighborhood outreach.

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