Free webinar: Opportunities for affordable housing and energy efficiency in the Clean Power Plan | U.S. Green Building Council
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In concert with other members of a clean power working group, USGBC presents a free webinar about the Clean Power Plan on Thursday, Oct. 15 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. EDT.

The Clean Power Plan (CPP), issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last month, represents our nation’s strongest commitment to date in addressing the contributors to climate change. By establishing limits for existing power plants—the largest source of carbon emissions—the EPA estimates that by 2030, our nation’s electric power generation sector will reduce its carbon pollution by 32 percent. 

As a next step, states will map out their approaches to emission reduction, and many have committed to undertaking a rigorous public input process. To strengthen our voice, USGBC has partnered with environmental, energy and affordable housing advocates to develop a CPP primer for affordable housing stakeholders across the country. The primer aims to help housing stakeholders understand the potential impact of the CPP and encourage their respective state agencies to prioritize energy efficiency in their compliance plans.

Reducing how much electric generation we need to run everyday necessities is a powerful and economical means to reducing carbon emissions. And states can derive significant co-benefits for their populations and state economy, when their plans make the most of this opportunity to incentivize deep efficiency in low-income housing. Families eligible for home energy assistance spend one-fifth of their income on home energy bills—six times more than other income groups. Efficiency in new and existing housing will free up income, which will go right into the local economy: a win-win for all. 

The CPP presents a unique opportunity to increase energy efficiency, building efficiency and renewable energy effectively to limit carbon pollution. Along with state and federal regulators and utilities, stakeholders have a seat at the table. Let this resource guide your participation in the state planning process and ensure energy efficiency is made a priority.

Learn more about the CPP, the potential for new resources for energy efficiency in affordable multifamily housing and how to engage in your state’s planning process.

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