Adapting Old Buildings to Climate Change Requires New Financial Tools


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The startup BlocPower uses software to identify buildings that are prime candidates to receive more efficient energy systems.

That might mean installing an electric heat pump or a microgrid to make a building's power system self-sufficient. BlocPower works with commercial apartment buildings and public housing in addition to single-family homes and works to train local construction crews to install the modern systems.

The company operates in New York, Oakland, California, and Milwaukee, with plans to expand to Baltimore, Washington, Los Angeles and Chicago. It has worked on 850 buildings in Brooklyn alone. Read the Entire Article


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Report for America to Support More Than 300 New Reporter Positions for 2021

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Adapting Old Buildings to Climate Change Requires New Financial Tools

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Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott is donating an extraordinary $40 million unrestricted grant to LISC. It is the largest gift from an individual in LISC’s 40-year history—one that not only speaks...more

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