We envision a community where the built environment is part of the climate solution, where resident, business, non-profit, and government buildings are increasingly energy efficient, and where community members of all socio-economic status benefit. Our community will reduce greenhouse gas emissions that stem from buildings and develop a high demand for green buildings (new and retrofits) from all community sectors.
Where we're heading:
- With NeighborWorks Montana and others, we're developing a pilot program to retrofit manufactured homes, helping our low-income neighbors save on their energy bills while creating safer and healthier indoor spaces.
- Our Energy Smart program is all about making it easy for residents, businesses and nonprofits to reduce energy use. As part of this effort, we're working with a group of senior UM Computer Science students to develop a custom interactive web platform designed to help Missoula residents save energy at home. We're excited to re-launch round two of our Energy Challenge with this great tool - in the meantime, we've developed a bunch of energy-saving ideas and resources.
- We're collaborating with partners including the High Performance Building Collaborative to pursue a building energy stretch-code for Missoula, which would incentivize and expand green building practices.
News and resources:
We talked energy efficiency and conservation at our February 2018 Monthly Meetup: Read Intern Sydney's blog for the latest on this bucket!
Our pilot Energy Smart Challenge ran from June-November 2017. 100 Missoulians received weekly tips and resources to empower them to save energy at home. All of those tips are archived HERE - check them out, and stay tuned for a bigger and better re-launch of the Challenge in 2018!
Read about our 2016-17 Energy Corps member Hailey's experience at the 2017 conference for the U.S. Green Building Council of Montana on our blog.
Boosting the cool factor of energy efficiency