Earth to Philly presents another update from our partners at the Energy Coordinating Agency:
With summer rolling in, thoughts turn to the beach, backyard barbecues and warm summer nights with friends and family. This summer though, we're also remembering that Hurricane Sandy hit 8 months ago and thousands of people are still rebuilding their homes and communities.
We are glad to have some good news to share with you about the Sandy Recovery effort. New Jersey's Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has unrolled the reNew Jersey Stronger program, which provides up to $150,000 in grants for qualified homeowners to retrofit and rebuild their homes to an acceptable energy standard.
On Thursday, June 27th, from 8:15 am to 12:15 pm, Atlantic Cape Community College and the Energy Coordinating Agency are sponsoring the "Credentials Matter Conference" to provide information to contractors, property managers, and other building professionals on the qualifications and the energy efficiency standards that must be met for homeowners to qualify for grants from HUD's reNew Jersey Stronger program. The Conference will be held at Atlantic Cape's Mays Landing campus (5100 Black Horse Pike) in the theater in Building M.
"Credentials Matter" will feature top professionals from the State and Energy councils to discuss New Jersey's action plan and the credentials and standards required for contractors to participate in building and retrofit activities. We encourage building professionals in the NJ/PA/DE area to attend to learn how to qualify for this upcoming work along the Jersey coast.
It's essential to take full advantage of this major rebuilding effort to improve the quality of New Jersey's housing stock: not just slap something together, but to provide housing that is more durable, more efficient, and more resilient than it was before Superstorm Sandy.
"It'll be better for the homeowners, for the environment, and for the community." says Liz Robinson, Executive Director of the Energy Coordinating Agency, "People will have an all-around better house - safer, more efficient, and more affordable."
Information about the HUD program can be found here. How to Register.