The Weatherization Leveraged Partnerships Project is funded by the Department of Energy to offer training and assistance to WAP network organizations  in designing private partnerships and programs that leverage the WAP.
TABLE OF CONTENTS

Appropriations
-Got Green Jobs? Also, Healthy Homes & Why We Need Them
- Recap of Energy Track:   CAP Management and Leadership Training Conference
Upcoming National Partner Meetings


APPROPRIATIONS

The DOE/WAP headquarters leadership is seeking to release the notification of state funding allocations any day now.  With the approximately 20% increase in appropriations Congress awarded for 2020, states will have significant increases.  The formula will direct slightly larger increases to warm weather states.

We encourage you to work closely with your respective staff office on the WAP state plan to use a portion of the funds toward leveraging.  Reach out to Kathryn Maddux at the Partnership for relevant tools and templates.


RECENT DOE MEMOS



Please note, W eatherization Program Notices (WPN) and Memoranda are posted directly to the EERE Website.


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GOT GREEN JOBS TRAINING?

DOE leadership has expressed interest in learning about examples of local and state workforce training programs that might feed some trainees into the weatherization field OR include examples of training for "green" jobs.  These programs could focus on recruitment and/or retention of staff.  Please share any experience you have on this.  

We are happy to have a brief call with you to hear more (you can reach Kathryn Maddux at 202-860-1023), or feel free to email a summary to Kathryn at kmaddux@communityactionpartnership.com.

ENERGY TRACK RECAP: CAP MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP TRAINING CONFERENCE

DOE shared the most recent program updates, and NASCSP also provided an overview of available resources and tools.  Speakers included: Derek Schroeder, Policy Advisor at DOE; Amy Klusmeier, WAP Director at NASCSP; and Eric Behna, Policy and Communications Manager at NASCSP

Leaders in Energy Innovation (click for slides)
Energy advocates from two states discussed their most recent campaigns, and allowed time for participants to engage in an "appreciative inquiry" approach to their own work.  Speakers included:  Keith Kueny, Energy Policy Specialist from the Community Action Partnership of Oregon and Jennifer Gremmert, Executive Director of Energy Outreach Colorado.
This session explored the value that Cap Solar, a subsidiary of Greater Bergen Community Action, has brought to their solar clients through innovative financing and corporate structures driven by their mission to bring affordable energy to those who need it the most.  Through their success, Cap Solar has been given access to several closed funds to build non-profit solar, especially in Qualified Opportunity Zones.  Attendees learned how to gain access to this funding and have Cap Solar assist them through every stage of the process to build local solar projects to enhance their community mission.



We are seeking examples of healthy homes partnerships.  We are interested to know the funding source behind health-related measures and HOW that partnership began. 

We are happy to have a brief call with you to hear more (you can reach Kathryn Maddux at 202-860-1023), or feel free to email a summary to Kathryn at kmaddux@communityactionpartnership.com.

We look forward to highlighting your work going forward and connecting you with interested peers across the country!


SAVE THE DATE! WEBINARS ON HEALTH-RELATED FUNDING TO COMPLEMENT WAP

North Carolina Community Action Association and their Partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC Foundation
Wednesday, March 4 at 2pm ET/ 1 CT/ 12 MT/ 11 PT
Increasingly, the Weatherization Network has successfully built partnerships to fund and coordinate the WAP with increased health measures. These innovative partnerships with foundations and health insurance companies not only fund additional measures, but may help avoid deferrals for low-income households. Hear from Sharon Goodson and Joel Groce of the North Carolina Community Action Association on successful strategies to build these partnerships and design coordinated programs for increased impact.

 

North East Community Action Corporation and Healthy Homes 
Wednesday, March 11 at 2pm ET/ 1 CT/ 12 MT/ 11 PT
Carla Potts, Deputy Director at NECAC in Missouri, will share NECAC's story related to healthy housing efforts.  Such partnerships have included a local hospital and have the potential to include a health insurance provider.  Find out how to navigate the maze of who to reach out to in the health sector.

UPCOMING NATIONAL PARTNER CONFERENCES and MEETINGS  Partner    
2020 NASCSP Winter Training Conference , taking place February 24-28, in Arlington, Virginia.   DOE issued a memo stating the WAP Network can use training funds for this conference.

2020 LIHEAP Action Day and All Parties Letter,
LIHEAP Action Day is taking place February 25-26 in Washington, DC.  Registration is open and the agenda is on the National Energy and Utility Affordability Coalition site.  Please also take a minute to sign-on to the 2021 LIHEAP All Parties Letter!

The 2020 Home Performance Conference is April 27-30 in New Orleans, Louisiana.   DOE issued a memo  stating the WAP Network can use training funds for this conference.



STAY IN TOUCH  Contact

Our goal at the  Weatherization Leveraged Partnerships Project is to offer training and assistance to WAP organizations in designing private partnerships and programs that leverage the WAP. 

We are available to assist the Weatherization Network in getting started with leveraging or responding to challenges in current partnerships.  For assistance, contact Kathryn Maddux, Project Director, at kmaddux@communityactionpartnership.com or at 202-860-1023.
Weatherization Leveraged Partnerships Project at Community Action Partnership
This publication was created by the National Association of Community Action Agencies - Community Action Partnership, in the performance of the U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Grant Number, EE0008051. Any opinion, findings, and conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
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