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Accessing Funding Sources for Affordable Housing and Equity-Eligible Commercial Building Retrofits
A common barrier to scaling building retrofits is lack of sufficient funding. This is true of all building types, but most pronounced in affordable housing and underserved commercial buildings. In this webinar, we will discuss funding in detail: where it comes from (federal, state, philanthropic, utility, private lending), how it flows down to communities, and how different funding sources can work together to finance affordable housing and underserved commercial building retrofits. Presenters will speak to common challenges and barriers, exemplary programs, and specific, timely funding mechanisms to look out for, such as the Inflation Reduction Act and Environmental Justice Community Block Grants.

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.

Apr 12, 2023 12:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Angelina Benson-Glanz
Director of Special Projects @Elevate
In her role at Elevate Energy, Angelina is responsible for leading effort to expand affordable multifamily energy efficiency programs in California and Oregon, supporting program growth in the Midwest (Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin), and expanding their high-performance building services nationally. She oversees business development and multifamily programs in California and Oregon as well as engagements directly with affordable housing developers to integrate energy and water efficiency into new construction, rehabs, and on-going operations. She brings a wide range of experience from her work at the City of Chicago Mayor’s Office where she developed and managed strategic partnerships with utilities and non-profits to coordinate and target outreach, program delivery, and incentives in neighborhoods with high energy use. She also brings her experience in business strategy consulting for Marakon Associates where she conducted in-depth market analysis, & developed financial models.