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Stay Lead-Safe this Spring

The arrival of spring means it’s time to open the windows, sweep out the garage, and plan that remodeling project you promised you would begin when the weather got nice. If you live in a home older than 1978, however, you should also be aware of hazards that come from disturbing lead-based paint and dust. Lead never breaks down or goes away, and can

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Oregon Food Bank Volunteers!

On Friday, we were excited to host a group of employees from the Oregon Food Bank. The Oregon Food Bank has become a great advocate for serving people while addressing the broader policies and systems that keep creating need for services. The employees who joined us were all part of their volunteer services team, and it was great to have them go through our

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MLK Volunteer Days

This year for the Martin Luther King Weekend of Service, Community Energy Project partnered with the United Way to host two volunteer days. On Saturday, individuals and a group from HOPE Worldwide worked in two houses and installed 13 window kits. Of note were the three youth rockstars who made a huge contribution in the homes. On Monday, a collection of individuals, staff from

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Northwest Natural Volunteer Day

On Saturday, we held our first weatherization day of 2015, hosting a group of volunteers from Northwest Natural. This was Northwest Natural’s second year volunteering with us, and this year we worked on two homes in North Portland, installing an impressive 17 windows. Northwest Natural provides most of the natural gas to homes and businesses in the Portland area. They’ve helped support CEP’s efforts in

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We are MOVING!

If you’ve driven past our Alberta Street office recently, you might have noticed a For Sale sign on CEP’s home for many years. But don’t worry, its a sign of progress! After a year of extensive research and analysis on how best to use our current building, we’ve decided to sell. Our new home will only be a few blocks into SE at 2900

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CEP & REACH success story!

Leaky roofs are a big problem in Portland. Seniors on fixed incomes have special challenges as it’s tough to get on ladders or cover the the cost of a roof replacement. For this roof, we knew we had to bring in some friends to help get it done. We pooled resources from our new Expanded Repair Program with REACH as well as West Coast

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CLEAResult and Research Into Action

Our final volunteer weatherization day of 2014 took place on Saturday, December 13, with CLEAResult and Research Into Action joining us for the day. Working with four clients, we installed over two dozen window kits! CLEAResult, which provides energy-efficiency consulting, shares our mission of helping people control their utility costs. We were glad to see a lot of familiar faces from PECI, now part of

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Cadmus Group Weatherization Day

On Saturday, December 6, a pack of volunteers from Cadmus Group joined us for a weatherization day. It was Cadmus’ first time volunteering with us, but they were up to the task. We installed 14 windows in 2 homes in the Interstate neighborhood. Cadmus offers sustainability consulting to businesses and organizations, which matches our vision of controlling utility costs. Organizing Saturday’s event wouldn’t have

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Summer-time Remodeling ?

If your neighborhood is like mine, you can hear the bang, tap, sweep-sweep, swish-swish, and roar of small engines being put to work on various tasks of home remodeling projects. Summer is a great time to move forward on these projects, you’ve waited patiently for the weather to cooperate. You’ve got the paint, time and materials to go for broke! Before you start on

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Have a Happy and Lead-free Holiday

It’s the holiday season, time to decorate with all the trimmings. But, wait, what are the trimmings made of? Be careful of decorations that contain lead and/or polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Here’s some information I found surfing the web. “Advice on Avoiding a Toxic Christmas” No one knows how much lead people absorb from holiday decorations, says pediatrician Bruce Lanphear, of Canada’s Simon Fraser University. But

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