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Energy Action Network (EAN) successfully completes its first year

Photo: Hannah Porst

The EAN was developed in part as a response to ECCo’s rapid inventories conducted for the Chicago Department of Environment (DOE) to find ways to involve diverse communities in the Chicago Climate Action Plan. EAN engages 21 local organizations in scaling up energy efficiency efforts in their communities. In the program’s first year, ECCo urban anthropologists helped EAN member organizations begin to integrate energy efficiency and other climate action issues into their core programs, build new collaborative relationships, and reach out to diverse constituencies. These efforts will continue in the second year. ECCo is also serving as an adviser to another project led by the DOE building on our inventory in South Chicago. The South Chicago Retrofit Project is a two-year, community-intensive version of the EAN that targets particular blocks and community networks and connects energy efficiency to other benefits that improve quality of life, such as environmental restoration and gardens.

Photo: Hannah Porst