Community Power Works: How Seattle is Creating Jobs and Savings Energy
Free online webinar - space is limited
Yale Center for Business and the Environment
Join Adam Buick, Program Coordinator of Seattle Community Power Works (CPW) for discussion on how the diverse and foward-thinking city of Seattle is helping its residents save energy. CPW is a neighborhood program in central and southeast Seattle that will make energy efficiency improvements to buildings in six sectors: single-family, multi-family, small commercial, large commercial, hospital and municipal sectors. To drive demand for these retrofits, Seattle is implementing and testing a variety of innovative strategies ranging from creation of a Carbon Reduction Incentive Fund that will reward proptery owners for every ton of carbon reduced to developing a flexible service model that will provide homeowners with a specific level of energy consultation suiting their needs.
Seattle Community Power Works is implementing and testing a variety of innovative strategies, including the following:
- Carbon Reduction Incentive Fund that pays homeowners, large commercial building owners, and hospitals for every ton of carbon reduced through a retrofit.
- 3rd Party Incentives to non-profits and community organizations that get people to sign bids with contractors
- IT Platform that walks homeowners through the retrofit process, from initial application to post-retrofit audit.
- Flexible Service Model that gives homeowners an option to receive the level of energy advice that they want or need, thereby conserving resource intensive consultations while still maintaining customer satisfaction.
- Full Service Model that provides homeowners with energy advice and assistance throughout the entire process of receiving a retrofit.
Adam Buick is the Grant Coordinator for Community Power Works with the Office of Sustainability and Environment at the City of Seattle. Before joining the City of Seattle, Adam worked with King County on developing a guidance document for quantifying and mitigating the climate impacts of projects and policies through the State Environmental Policy Act and developed a Sustainability Indicators Report for the City of Issaquah that measured progress towards their sustainability goals. At the City of Seattle, Adam is managing ongoing program evaluations and data collection in partnership with the Washington State University Extension Energy Program and compliance with Department of Energy and American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Terms and Conditions. He received his Master of Public Administration from the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington where he studied environmental policy and policy analysis.