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Choosing your Building Upgrade Zone: Structural Equity Considerations
This webinar introduces the concept of energy equity and gives an overview of how disinvestment in communities has contributed to the problem of inefficient, unhealthy, and expensive-to-operate residential and commercial building stock. Our speakers will offer guiding strategies for choosing your building upgrade zone by prioritizing procedural equity, lived experience considerations, and data availability to decide which buildings or segments of communities to focus on when planning for upgrades. Attendees will also be introduced to several data tools that can assist you in choosing residential and commercial buildings to include in your building upgrade zone.

Spanish language interpretation will be provided.

Residential Retrofits for Energy Equity (R2E2) is hosting a series of training webinars for potential applicants to the Department of Energy’s Building Upgrades Prize (Buildings UP). The prize is awarding over $22 million in cash prizes and technical assistance to teams with winning ideas to accelerate equitable energy efficiency and building electrification upgrades in residential and commercial buildings. Applications to Buildings UP opened on February 18 and will remain open through July 18. See the full list of webinar offerings here: https://www.herox.com/BuildingsUP/229-upcoming-webinars-recordings.

Note: Attendance is not required at Buildings UP webinars or related events in order to complete a Phase 1 submission, and attendance will not influence the scoring of your prize submission.

R2E2 is a partnership of ACEEE, Elevate, Emerald Cities Collaborative, and HR&A Advisors that works to scale up affordable housing energy upgrades to lower energy bills and GHG emissions while advancing racial equity, local workforce development, and health goals. R2E2 is supporting the Buildings Upgrade Prize by providing training and technical assistance to applicants and awardees.

May 10, 2023 01:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Diana Morales
Research Analyst @American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)
Diana conducts research related to energy efficiency and clean energy policy led by local governments in cities and metropolitan regions in the US. She also contributes to the City Scorecard. Diana joined ACEEE in 2021. Before joining ACEEE, Diana worked at the US Green Building Council. Diana holds a master of sustainability with a focus on urban and energy systems from Chatham University and a bachelor of arts in psychology and anthropology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Diana has conducted extensive research on the intersections between the built environment, renewable energy, and inclusive sustainable urban development.
Dr. Tony G. Reames
Deputy Director for Energy Justice @DOE Office of Economic Impact and Diversity
Dr. Reames is the Deputy Director for Energy Justice at the US Department of Energy. He leads the Department’s new Office of Energy Justice Policy and Analysis in the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity. Reames was most recently an associate professor of environment and sustainability at the University of Michigan, where he established the Urban Energy Justice Lab and the Energy Equity Project, focusing on research and solutions to the production and persistence of racial, income, and geographic energy-related disparities. Reames also served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and worked in both the private and public sectors as a licensed professional engineer. He earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, a Master of Engineering Management from Kansas State University, and a Ph.D. in Public Administration from the University of Kansas.
Michael Reiner
Policy Analyst @DOE Office of Economic Impact and Diversity
Michael leads efforts to develop an energy poverty research framework and supports the agency's implementation of the Justice40 Initiative. Michael was previously a fellow in DOE's Building Technologies Office supporting the Building Energy Codes Program and its work on building energy resilience. Michael holds an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and a BS in Environmental Engineering from Northwestern University.