ReEnergize Community Action Plans

A Guide to Community Energy Planning

October 2014

In 2013, GTECH Strategies recruited residents from 14 Pittsburgh area communities to serve as neighborhood Ambassadors to educate their neighbors of the benefits of small scale energy efficient upgrades to their homes. These Ambassadors lead outreach and education sessions that focused on making traditionally technical energy efficiency information accessible and actionable for community members.  The ReEnergize Community Action Plans – or ReCaps– were designed to assist often overburdened Pittsburgh area community organizations in the adoption energy reducing strategies. The report is meant to help communities guide themselves through programming obstacles, consumer awareness challenges, financing programs and advocacy strategies.

The report includes:

  • individualized energy saving recommendations for the following Pittsburgh neighborhoods: Bloomfield, Hazelwood, Homewood, Larimer, Lawrenceville, Marshall-Shadeland, Mount Washington, Oakland and Squirrel Hill; as well as Allegheny County communities: Homestead, Millvale, Mount Lebanon, Scott Township and Wilkinsburg.
  • a 360 degree approach to growing the demand for energy efficiency services.
  • maps and data on the following: occupied housing and vacancy rates, ages of homes, percentage of household income devoted to owner costs, and percentage of renters.