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Our Mission

Community Energy Project believes that everyone deserves a safe, healthy, efficient home regardless of income.

We do this through education, hands-on training, and distribution of weatherization, and lead poisoning prevention materials. We also provide direct weatherization and safety repairs to seniors and people with disabilities. We deliver these services in partnership with community members and service organizations, utilities, corporations, foundations, and government agencies.

Equity Statement

At Community Energy Project, our mission is: Community Energy Project believes that everyone deserves a safe, healthy, efficient home regardless of income. We use the following definition of Equity:

Equity means that everyone has a fair and just share of social, natural and economic resources. Improving equity means promoting justice, impartiality, and fairness within the procedures and processes of institutions or systems, as well as their distribution of resources. Tackling equity issues requires an understanding of the underlying or root causes of outcome disparities within our society.

Community Energy Project’s mission posits that our services are for all, and we take that mantra seriously. For us, Equity is one of our 4 strategic priorities. It means that we prioritize accessibility by bringing our services to our clients and in their communities and providing translated materials and interpreters. We strive to reflect the diversity of our clients on our Board of Directors and in our staff. We publish an annual equity report that measures the demographics of our clients, our staff and board, and highlights other initiatives. We utilize a budget equity lens, and work with companies and certified MWESB (Minority, Women, and Emerging Small Business) businesses to promote economic opportunities for contractors of color and those who are underrepresented in the contracting pool.

Our expertise is delivering services that educate and empower our clients to live in healthy, safe, and efficient homes. We work in partnership with over one hundred community organizations to bring our services to clients. By working in partnership and collaboration with culturally-specific organizations we create critical connections to the communities of color we serve. Serving multi-cultural communities, families, and individuals has been at the core of our work since our founding in 1979.

Vision

We envision a future where all people can afford to live in their homes with dignity, comfort, and safety.

Our values

We believe in:

  • Ensuring equitable distribution and access to resources
  • Partnering and promoting assets in low income communities
  • Reducing barriers to entry empowers everyone to be capable
  • Reaching clients where they are
  • Reducing our environmental impact

Statement of Inclusion

Community Energy Project values and operates by a policy of inclusion, providing equal opportunity to all persons regardless of their protected status, including race, color, creed, religion, sex, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, and/or any other class determined by law.

Our Philosophy

We believe that people are the experts of their own experience. By empowering people with information and tools and facilitating connections to resources, we can increase the capacity of our community to address many home environmental health, comfort, and safety issues while conserving natural resources. It is not enough for us to simply function as experts in our field; we must be equally skillful in communicating the most up-to-date conservation and environmental health information in a way that is accessible across all levels of experience, culture and languages, ages, and abilities. This same philosophy of empowerment demands that we maintain a healthy, supportive work environment. We strive to maintain the trust we’ve earned in the community and believe in being a collaborative, transparent organization.

History

CEP began life in 1979 as a project of Responsible Urban Neighborhood Technology (RUNT) in response to the oil crises of the 1970’s. A VISTA national service member offered the first workshops, teaching people things like caulking and building temporary plastic storm windows. CEP incorporated in Oregon in 1987 and became a contractor with the City of Portland’s Bureau of Housing and Community Development, offering training to low-income people through workshops and direct weatherization services to seniors and people with disabilities. Over time, we added workshops in water conservation and lead poisoning prevention. Currently, our workshops are open to people of all income levels; low-income participants receive a large bag of free small measure weatherization materials, while upper income participants may purchase materials from our small retail store.