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House Parties for Energy Efficiency: Outcomes of Community Organizing for Energy Efficiency Retrofits

This presentation describes the local impacts of a community organizing campaign for Energy Impact Illinois in terms of the number of completed energy efficiency retrofits during 2012-2013: by leveraging community-based social networks and classic organizing tactics the campaign generated 3,000 single-family retrofits. Results suggest that energy efficiency programs could expand their reach by making geographically-situated personal connections, and by utilizing the techniques of community organizing and social movements.

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