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DSC_1247Environmental Justice communities pay a greater proportion of their income on home energy bills while bearing the brunt of harm from energy systems. Many energy programs are not relevant for or do not reach low-income communities or households that do not own their homes or do not live in single-family houses.

 

 

WP_20160209_18_51_52_ProCEED’s home energy justice workshops use interactive activities for community members to learn how to read their electricity and heating bills, determine how energy is used in their homes, and practice using tools to reduce energy use. Participants can take home high efficiency LED lightbulbs and surge protectors to reduce electricity costs, and weatherization materials to block cold drafts and keep your home warm while lowering your bills.

 

You can use CEED’s engaging Home Energy Justice Toolkit in your own communities to understand your energy use and reduce your dependence on energy. Click here!

 

Learn more about other popular education workshops CEED offers here.

 

Across the U.S., 27 states are suing the EPA over the Clean Power Plan. On February 9 they successfully petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to stay the rule. This means that states do not have to move forward in their compliance planning. The next step will be the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit will hear the arguments of the lawsuit and make a decision. If the Court of Appeals decides in favor of EPA, it is almost certain that these states will take this lawsuit to the Supreme Court. This whole process could take years before a final decision is made on the Clean Power Plan.

This map shows states that are suing and their 2012 carbon emissions.

Climate change brings with it a wide range of long-term everyday stressors as well as more frequent and more intense extreme weather events. Environmental Justice communities are often those first hit and hardest impacted by weather emergencies. Knowing what to expect and preparation for your household can reduce the impacts of extreme weather and make your household more resilient to climate change.

Take steps toward climate resiliency by knowing what to expect and preparing for your household:

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To learn more about CEED’s Popular Education workshops and to set up a workshop in your community, please contact Say Yang.

CEED has collaborated with the Zenteotl Project to hold larger community events to share skills and resources and build community resilience. A video from our 2015 Responding Together: Community Emergency Preparedness event is below:

Community Emergency Response Event (2015) supported in part by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

 

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Environmental Justice communities pay a greater proportion of their income on home energy bills while bearing the brunt of harm from energy systems. Many energy programs are not relevant for or do not reach low-income communities or households that do not own their homes or do not live in single-family houses.

CEED’s home energy justice workshops use interactive activities for community members to learn how to read their electricity and heating bills, determine how energy is used in their homes, and practice using tools to reduce energy use. Participants can take home high efficiency LED lightbulbs and surge protectors to reduce electricity costs, and weatherization materials to block cold drafts and keep your home warm while lowering your bills.

To set up a workshop in your community, please contact Say Yang.

Find out more about Energy Justice Workshops, other popular education resources, and find out how CEED can work with your community.

 

Keep energy bills affordable and your heat from being disconnected during the winter months

The Cold Weather Rule is a Minnesota law that prevent heat disconnections during the winter months with payment arrangements.

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Programs is an energy assistance program that helps income-qualified households with their heating and cooling energy costs, bill payment assistance, energy crisis assistance, weatherization and energy-related home repairs.

The Gas Affordability Program  is state mandated program that is available to recipients of LIHEAP benefits. It provides assistance with gas utility bills based on percentage of household income spent on heating and help resolve late or incomplete bills.

Find more resources available to residents in the Twin Cities to make your home energy more affordable:

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CEED encourages the free use of our popular education materials for community learning and movement building for environmental justice communities. Please enjoy and share the tools published here. We ask you to acknowledge CEED for the creation of these materials in any reproduction of our images, documents, or activities. For use outside of EJ communities please contact CEED. Commercial use is not permitted. Please contact CEED with any questions or comments about the use of these materials.