July 23, 2020: The Health Effects of Gas Stoves
We spend up to 90% of our time in buildings, breathing air that is very likely more polluted than outdoor air. Decades of research shows that gas stoves can expose people to high levels of pollutants inside the home, posing health risks. In May, Rocky Mountain Institute, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Mothers Out Front, and Sierra Club published a report (Health Effects from Gas Stove Pollution) summarizing peer-reviewed research from the last twenty years into eight key findings. The report was featured in more than 150 original articles and reprinted stories, including high-profile coverage in The Guardian, POLITICO, Vox, Bloomberg, and Mother Jones. Join lead authors Brady Seals and Andee Krasner to discuss the findings of the study, highlights of action being taken to protect public health from gas stove pollution, and recommendations for policymakers, healthcare organizations, individuals, and researchers.
July 9, 2020: Accessible Electrification Financing For All
On July 9, the Building Decarbonized Coalition hosted a webinar to celebrate the publication of BDC’s policy roadmap for Tariffed On-Bill investments in California featuring a video conference briefing on the white paper contents. The white paper outlines a policy roadmap for expanding access to clean energy investment opportunities, particularly for low- and moderate-income households and renters. The report represents the culmination of six months of research and stakeholder input and calls for $36 billion in private capital investments to augment California’s publicly funded programs.
Speakers included Holmes Hummel, a nationally recognized subject matter expert on tariffed on-bill investments, having written the investment plans for utility program in North Carolina and Arkansas and securing millions of dollars of low cost capital for investment in service areas recognized for persistent poverty, and project manager Bruce Mast, who shepherded the white paper to completion and contributed a career’s worth of experience in California energy policy, program implementation, performance risk management, and the customer economics of building electrification.
Panama Bartholomy is the Director of the Building Decarbonization Coalition.