CEP Takes on Solar

Community Energy Project is delighted to announce that we are working with Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) and MPower to bring solar education to low-income Oregon residents! Thanks to funding from Meyer Memorial Trust, BEF and Mpower will work with community organizations and multi-family housing developments to install solar panels on rooftops. CEP will then provide workshops to residents to learn about how shared solar works. With the passage of Senate Bill 1547 came new legislation

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Best Wishes, Rob!

If you had a chance to meet Rob Hemphill over the last two and a half years, it was likely as a volunteer.  He trained and coordinated over 450 volunteers to weatherize homes for seniors and people with disabilities, teach workshops, assemble conservation and safety kits, enter data, answer phones, and more. Rob was instrumental in the creation of our first  Workshop Leader training academy,

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Winter Has Arrived!

There is no doubt that winter has arrived! This winter has been dramatic, bringing ice storms, snow, and high winds. Many people were struck with a double-whammy of lost wages and increased energy bills from freezing temperatures and more time spent at home. High winds cut through every gap to make uncomfortable drafts. Defend yourself from the cold of winter! You don’t have to

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Martin Luther King Jr – Service Day

What a great day of service in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. In partnership with Hands On Portland and the United Way of the Columbia-Willamette, many Portland area charities, including Community Energy Project, offered volunteer opportunities to those who would like observe the great Dr. King’s day of remembrance by giving service to their communities. Despite the freezing cold, snow, and icy weather, 16 volunteers came

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I Almost Lost My Home

Small repairs can make a BIG difference! Things got a little scary for DeNice recently. She received notice from her homeowner’s insurance that she had violations on her property that could lead to policy cancellation.  She couldn’t afford to have the repairs made so her insurance company dropped her policy. “ If I don’t have insurance I could lose my home! My mortgage requires me to

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Interface Engineering Kicks off Volunteer Season

On Wednesday Oct 19th, Interface Engineering kicked off our weatherization installation volunteer season. An efficient group of 7 volunteers installed window weatherization on 14 windows in the homes of two low-income seniors. In both homes we found a noticeable difference in warmth and comfort after we installed the materials. This was Interface Engineering’s second year volunteering with Community Energy Project. We’re excited to grow

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Lead a weatherization volunteer team!

You can join our In Homes team and lead a team of volunteers in installing window weatherization. As a Crew Leader (CL) for In-Home Services, you will work directly with volunteers, providing them with on-site management including instruction, assigning duties, spot-checking their work, and finally leading the group through a debrief about their volunteer experience and the project. Your time will help us lead 15 Volunteer Days

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Women in Weatherization

Tracie Takes on Attic Insulation Tracie Davis wasn’t sure at first that she could insulate her attic by herself – but said that after taking a DIY Insulation Workshop, she has the knowledge to weatherize her SE Portland home. The two and a half hour workshop teaches participants how to conduct a site assessment and do the work themselves – from air sealing to ventilation

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Keeping Warm is Really Cool

“We save on average $20.00 every month on our electricity bill.”  That’s what Etienne and Claire Lamme said after we weatherized their home last fall. The 1920’s bungalow in SE Portland, handed down to Etienne from his parents, has all its original windows and doors and really needed some draft-stopping measures.  A “cool”from NW Natural participated in one of our volunteer weatherization days at Etienne

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