Energy Efficiency Programs 101

April 19, 2023

Energy Efficiency Programs 101

This webinar covers the fundamentals of energy efficiency programs. Attendees learn about the various factors and organizational practices that influence the success of pursuing energy efficiency upgrades in affordable housing and underserved commercial buildings. Speakers present the landscape of programs that teams might consider to advance energy efficiency and clean heating and cooling technologies in their communities, including their benefits and potential negative impacts. Lastly, we take a deep dive into one or two select program models (e.g., one-stop-shops) to understand what it takes to stand up and implement these initiatives.

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Mary Jo Warskow, Senior Project Manager, Elevate

Mary Jo Warskow is a Senior Project Manager on the High-Performance Buildings team at Elevate, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing equitable access to clean and affordable heat, power, and water in homes and communities. In this role, Mary Jo manages a variety of projects including green certifications for affordable housing, green consulting for non-profit building retrofits and new construction and community-based sustainability programs. Before joining Elevate, Mary Jo was a community organizer for The Center for Neighborhood Technology’s Transit Future campaign. She also advocated for the Great Lakes as a policy intern for the Alliance for the Great Lakes. In addition to her project management, community outreach and public policy experience, Mary Jo brings a diverse skill set from her prior career managing information technology projects for corporate finance and accounting departments.


Dave Ribeiro, Local Policy Director, ACEEE

David Ribeiro manages ACEEE's local policy program and works to scale up local-level equitable energy efficiency strategies. He oversees the program’s strategic direction, research agenda, technical assistance agenda, and work related to energy efficiency implementation in cities and communities. He oversaw the annual City Clean Energy Scorecard from 2015 to 2020. Before joining ACEEE in 2013, David was a policy advisor at the NYC Department of Environmental Protection. He holds a bachelor of arts in history from the College of the Holy Cross and a master in science in energy policy and climate from Johns Hopkins University.

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