Energy Conservation Corps

What is the Energy Conservation Corps?ECC-LOGO-FULL-COLOR-300x300

The Energy Conservation Corps (ECC) is a partner program between The Sustainability Institute and the Noisette Foundation. It is funded through AmeriCorps, with a grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service and the cities of Charleston and North Charleston, SC. The grant includes a bi-weekly living stipend as well as an educational award which can be used by the corps members for further training and education.

Started in Fall 2009, the Energy Conservation Corps (ECC) trains members, ages 18-24, in green building and advanced weatherization techniques. The Corps members receive skills training from local, certified professionals as well as on the job experience. Equipped with a diverse set of new skills, corps members will provide a valuable service to local homeowners while developing an understanding and techniques in home energy conservation practices.

Why was the Energy Conservation Corps Needed?

Charleston County encompasses some of the oldest cities in America. The Cities of Charleston and North Charleston are known for their beautiful antique homes, but many homes in the area still face the problems of high energy bills and others that come with aging, deteriorating homes. The overall goal of weatherizing a home is to reduce the necessary energy to heat and/or cool these homes. By reducing the amount of energy needed, residents will pay less for electric bills. This impact will be instrumental in the goal of sustainability in low income communities where energy costs constitute as much as 30% of monthly income. By reducing these expenses, more expendable income will become available making it easier for families to become self-sufficient; the key to sustainable communities. Coupled with the effort to employ unemployed youth, the ECC’s double edge approach to creating sustainable communities also creates the much needed workforce in green building.

What does the Energy Conservation Corps do?

The ECC is well ahead of schedule to achieve its goal of 50 home weatherization in the cities of Charleston and North Charleston by the end of the year. The ultimate goal is to have completed 200 homes by the end of 2011.

How to get more info on this topic?

email conan@sustainabilityinstitute.org or call 843.554.6399

The ECC is located at 1441 E. Montague North Charleston, SC 29405

http://www.sustainabilityinstitutesc.org

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