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DOE’s Buildings UP Prize: Supporting Decarbonization Retrofits in Disadvantaged Communities

June 6 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT


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Decarbonizing existing homes and buildings plays a critical role in enabling a clean energy future. However, much of the discussion today focuses on the opportunities and requirements of single-family homes and relatively affluent early adopters. In this webinar, we will explore the key barriers to decarbonizing and electrifying homes and commercial buildings in lower income and disadvantaged communities, and describe how 45 local organizations across the U.S. are exploring innovative building retrofit strategies under the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Buildings Upgrade Prize (Buildings UP) initiative. In addition, we will highlight how utilities, government agencies, and other organizations could partner with Buildings UP teams in their region to support local building decarbonization efforts.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the major barriers to building decarbonization for disadvantaged communities, including economy, social, and infrastructural challenges.
  2. Summarize the objectives and challenges of the Buildings UP initiative, including the strategies being explored by local teams across the U.S. and evaluate potential avenues for involvement with local teams in one’s own region, considering the specific needs and opportunities presented.
  3. Analyze and synthesize best practices for equitable engagement with underserved communities in the context of building decarbonization efforts and apply these practices to develop strategies for effective collaboration with stakeholders from diverse backgrounds, including utilities, government agencies, and community organizations.

Holly Carr (U.S. Department of Energy)
Carolyn Contant (R2E2)
Diana Morales (R2E2)
Jim Young (Guidehouse)


June 6
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT
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