Malik Saafir

Common C.E.N.T. (Creating Energy-Efficient Neighborhoods Together)

Since 2008, Village Commons and its partners have met with residents in low-income and underserved neighborhoods to lower the high utility bills based on their current budgets. Village Commons' conservation goal is to build the capacity of communities to more fully respond to rising energy cost by connecting saving energy with saving the environment. The Common C.E.N.T. (Creating Energy-Efficient Neighborhoods Together) program will increase underrepresented groups' participation in energy audits to discover the energy usage in their home. Also, participants will learn how to reduce carbon emissions in the air, toxic waste in the water, and destruction of habitat by energy power plants in Arkansas. Common C.E.N.T. will bring qualified volunteers together with homeowners in low-income and underserved neighborhoods to improve the energy efficiency of their homes, save money on energy bills, and reduce energy consumption. Also, the Common C.E.N.T. program will work with 10 homeowners in the 12th Street community of Little Rock to identify energy inefficiencies and make the repairs needed to achieve homes that are more energy efficient, comfortable, healthy, and affordable.

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