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A small local fund,  the Grandom Institution,  has grant funding available for low-income clean energy initiatives.  In the past, Grandom provided most of its grants in the form of bill payment assistance.  However,  given the recent increases in funding for the LIHEAP and WAP programs,  Grandom is now focusing on clean energy and decarbonization efforts.  Please circulate this announcement to anyone who might be interested. Here is their FAQ which states while preference is given to Philly orgs, other surrounding counties are eligible, grants average $4500, and are provided up to $10K.

The following is a partial list of examples. Grandom is interested in promoting innovation, so this list is provided for illustrative purposes only. 

  • Self-help weatherization workshops
  • Direct installation of cost effective measures that are beyond the ability of most residents, such as programmable thermostats
  • Energy efficiency improvements, weatherization
  • Community solar or other low-income solar program
  • Fuel switching from inefficient fuel oil to high efficiency heat pump
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Request for RFP Samples - Municipal Power Purchase

WeConservePA is requesting samples of RFP’s for municipal power purchase (including both 100% renewable or both “brown” and renewable) for posting to the EAC resource page at ConservationTools.org. Please send your example RFP’s to [email protected].

Associate EAC Member Programs

The Upper Dublin Township Environmental Protection Advisory Board is exploring the possibility of establishing an associate EPAB membership category. They would like to enact a founding document that would define the position and its purpose, and are looking for examples from municipalities who have experience in drafting such a document.  If your municipality has an associate EAC member program, and you'd be interested in connecting with Upper Dublin Township, please reach out to Carol Grayshaw ([email protected]) to get connected.

Does Your EAC Have a Program to Recognize Sustainable Yards?

The Cheltenham EAC is discussing ways to promote sustainable yard practices, including the use of native plants, no pesticides, composting, etc. They are considering a recognition program by which residents would apply and receive a lawn sign upon meeting program criteria.

If your EAC has experience with such a program, please reach out to [email protected] to be connected with Cheltenham EAC.

Climate Changed - A New Podcast of the BTS Center

At the end of June, The BTS Center will launch a new podcast, Climate Changed. Hosted by Ben Yosua-Davis, Director of Applied Research, and Nicole Diroff, Program Director, and produced by Peterson Toscano, the podcast will offer intimate interviews and conversations around some of the most pressing questions about faith, life, and climate change. Some of those questions include:

  • How Do We Stop Doing Things that Make No Sense? With Mariama White-Hammond, a pastor, gardener, and spiritual entrepreneur within the African Methodist Episcopal tradition
  • Where Do You Find Hope? With Corina Newsome, one of the co-organizers of the inaugural #BlackBirdersWeek
  • What Do We Tell the Children? With Pacific Islander, poet, and parent, Craig Santos Perez

New episodes will premier monthly. Click here to find Climate Changed on your favorite listening platform. Subscribe now so you can listen to new episodes as soon as they are available!