Improving Building Performance
Buildings contribute 40 percent of U.S. global warming pollution! Working together, we can upgrade the estimated 130 million energy inefficient homes in the U.S. to improve their use of energy through measures such as sealing windows and installing insulation. This will create good, green jobs in our communities, reduce the average family's energy bill by $440-660 a year, and help curb global warming pollution. Key challenges to making home energy efficiency upgrades affordable and accessible for everyone include reducing the up-front costs to consumers, increasing consumer access to accurate information and ensuring a well-trained, qualified workforce.
In order to achieve our global warming reduction goals and economic recovery, we must address these challenges and dramatically ramp up private and public investment in rebuilding America's old and inefficient buildings.
Energy Efficient Communities
Sierra Club partners with municipal leaders, home performance contractors, community-based organizations, labor unions and faith-based organizations to spread the word that energy efficiency is within reach! Sierra Club leaders work closely with our partners to promote home energy audits and energy improvements and to expand the home performance industry to create quality, family-supporting jobs. You can learn more about Sierra Club-supported efforts by following the links below.
Clean Energy Works Portland
Maine Partners for Cool Communities
Taking the Show on the Road
The Clean Energy Roadshow traveled across the country in 2010, hosting workshops to develop and share best practices between city, state and national program managers, advocates and policymakers. Business leaders, labor unions, environmental groups and community organizers discussed how to build a clean energy economy that creates good, career-track jobs and brings energy savings to our communities.
Contact us for more information.
Clean Energy Roadshow Memories
Some news coverage and photos from our Roadshows:
Las Vegas, NV
Newark, NJ (and here)
Kansas City, MO
October 20 is National Weatherization Day. On this day, Sierra Club and partners bring attention to the importance of weatherization and home performance. See some of our work.
Top photo courtesy Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency. Center photo by Christian Columbres.