IAQ & Healthy Homes

2018 HPC National Conference Session

Engaging Partners for Weatherization Plus Health Repairs: Early Adopter Lessons

Tuesday, April 24
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Salon D (5th Floor)
CEUs: BPI, InterNachi, NARI, ASHI

How can we leverage our weatherization and national network of energy efficiency programs to help address occupant health risks? Come learn about projects in Washington state, Rutland VT, and Western MA that are working with hospital and community health centers to offer weatherization plus health housing repairs. These programs are working to stock a housing pharmacy with an effective integrated energy and home repair service. Programs will share their experiences engaging health partners, home assessment strategies, funding strategies, workforce training activities and evaluation plans.

Learning Objectives:

Ellen Tohn

Principal/Assistant Professor of Practice
Tohn Environmental Strategies & Brown School of Public Health

Ms. Tohn is an environmental health consultant with over 30 years of experience. She is the founder of Tohn Environmental Strategies and a nationally recognized expert in housing based environmental health threats, green and healthy housing, and indoor air quality. Ms. Tohn works with housing developers, property owners and managers, and energy efficiency programs to create green and healthy housing and developed the nationally recognized “One Touch” approach. Ms. Tohn is an Assistant Professor of Practice at the Brown School of Public Health. She received her BA from Cornell University and a Masters from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).


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Allen Carbert

Project Coordinator
Opportunity Council

Allen Carbert is a Project Manager for Opportunity Council—a private, non-profit Community Action Agency located in Bellingham, Washington. He is a NEHA certified Healthy Homes Specialist and holds BPI certifications as a Healthy Homes Evaluator, QCI Inspector and Building Analyst. He has coordinated healthy homes and weatherization projects for over a decade and is now involved with program design and the implementation of Washington State’s Weatherization Plus Health initiative at the agency level. Allen has witnessed first-hand the benefits of Healthy Homes improvements as well as the challenges that face agencies as they blend weatherization and healthy housing principles.


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John Majercak

Center for EcoTechnology

Mr. Majercak is President of the Center for EcoTechnology (CET) where he has overall responsibility for leading the organization including strategic planning, program development, program and operations management, fundraising and communications. He has worked for the CET for more than 25 years in a variety of positions and brings a positive vision, strong background in environmental science, broad experience, and a highly successful track record to the President position. EcoBuilding Bargains came to fruition through his leadership, and CET recently completed a $3.5 million expansion that included a deep energy retrofit of an older commercial building.


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Julie Michals

Director of Clean Energy Valuation

Julie Michals is the Director of Clean Energy Valuation at E4TheFuture where she focuses on building standardized valuation, cost-effectiveness assessment, and reporting of energy efficiency and distributed energy resource impacts, and associated transparency.  Julie comes to E4TheFuture after over a decade at Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) where she directed the Regional EM&V Forum, a multi-state regional platform steered by regulatory commissioners and state officials from across the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic regions. Ms. Michals holds a B.A. in Business Economics from University of California at Santa Barbara, and an M.A. in Energy and Environmental Analysis at Boston University.


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Melanie Paskevich

Program Manager
NeighborWorks of Western Vermont HEAT Squad

Melanie Paskevich, NeighborWorks of Western Vermont HEAT Squad program manager since 2010. Melanie advocates for homeowners, working closely with HEAT Squad's intake specialists, energy auditors, outreach and marketing teams. She helps homeowners simplify the comprehensive energy upgrade process by coordinating with local contractors, energy committees, and utilities such as Green Mountain Power and Efficiency Vermont. In 2015, she launched Appalachia HEAT Squad in KY. Melanie has over 25 years of experience in the architectural and construction field and a thorough knowledge of the building envelope and the science and technology of energy efficiency. She holds a Master of Architecture degree.


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