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Camden Talks Climate: Planning Climate-Friendly Home Energy Upgrades

Thursday, June 13 @ 6:30 pm 7:30 pm

The Camden Public Library will host another event in the Camden Talks Climate series cosponsored by the town of Camden and CamdenCAN (Climate Action Now) on Thursday, June 13, at 6:30 p.m. in the Picker Room and on Zoom, all about climate-friendly home energy upgrades.

This is a hybrid program and will take place in the Picker Room and on Zoom. To attend virtually register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_7NdvIqYWQZC1aXTWzMUVdg

Widespread fossil fuel heating use in one of the nation’s old housing stocks add up to a key climate challenge for Maine. Weatherization and electrification can help save money and make your home more comfortable, while shrinking your carbon footprint — but they don’t always come cheap, and they require careful planning.

Learn from local climate journalist Annie Ropeik and energy auditor Colin McCullough of All-Around Home Performance in Gardiner about how they worked together to assess the needs of an 125-year-old home in Camden, and get up to speed on the benefits, possibilities and resources for taking on these kinds of projects in your own space. 

Annie Ropeik is an independent climate journalist based in Camden. She writes for Energy News Network, The Maine Monitor and other publications and serves on the board of the Society of Environmental Journalists. She was a 2023 Journalism Fellow with the MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative, covering Maine’s transition off heating oil. Annie spent about a decade as a local public radio reporter, creating the climate desk at New Hampshire Public Radio in 2020 and covering local climate adaptation for NPR. A Boston University graduate, she grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland. 

Colin McCullough worked as a home energy auditor for the MassSave program for 10 years, and more recently worked for Efficiency Maine as the Senior Technical Field Representative for the Quality Assurance program.  Colin is a Certified Energy Auditor from the Building Performance Institute (BPI) and is a trainer / proctor for BPI certification in Maine and teaches the building science courses at SMCC and KVCC. Putting his energy efficiency experience to work, he’s been renovating his 1915 home in Farmingdale to become a high-performance, net-zero energy home.

The talk is part of the Camden Talks Climate series put on by CamdenCAN, CamdenCAN (ClimateActionNow) is a citizen-led organization committed to reducing Camden’s contribution to climate change through local action, education, advocacy, and resources. We help our community take advantage of climate solutions with actionable steps.

Read the CamdenCAN newsletter here.