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2012 NASCSP Conference & DOE WAP State Managers' Meeting

Listed below are the documents and presentations given at the National Association for State Community Services Program (NASCSP) and the Department of Energy (DOE) at the 2012 NASCSP Conference and the DOE WAP State Managers' Meeting held in Atlanta, Georgia from September 12-14. Presentations are listed according to the day and session in which they were delivered.

Monday, September 10 ^

(All Pre-Conference Sessions can be found here)
Weatherization Plus Health - A Public Healthy Perspective
Presenter: Lynne Snyder, Consultant NASCSP
An Introduction to the Weatherization Plus Health Web Portal
Presenters: Jenae Bjelland, Director of Healthy Homes, NASCSP; Kelly Cutchin, Senior Analyst, Simonson Management Systems; Anthony Procaccini, State Monitor, North Carolina Department of Commerce, Energy Division
Healthy Homes Track
Collaboration: It Doesn’t Happen Overnight, But You Can Start Tomorrow!
Presenters: Kelly Cutchin, Senior Analyst, Simonson Management Systems, Amy Murphy, Proprietor, Amy Murphy Consulting
Integrating WAP with Lead Hazard Control
Presenter: G. Wesley Stewart, Director of Program Services, National Green & Healthy Homes Initiative
Jump Starting Collaborations
Presenter: Amy McLean Salls, Director of Training and Community-Based Initiatives, National Center for Healthy Housing; Chris Corcoran, Project Manager, LAMPP Green & Healthy Homes Project
Energy Efficiency Track
Driving the Market for Energy Efficiency Services: Policy & Behavior Change
Presenters: Jenah Zweig, Policy Manager, Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance; Michelle Vigen, Research Analyst, American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy
Energy Efficiency as a Business: From Vision to Reality
Presenters: Carl Seville, Owner, Seville Consulting; Tony Anderson, Coordinating Director, Retrofit a Million; Imran Battla, Programs Director, Retrofit a Million

Wednesday, September 12 ^

The purpose of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) is to create greater job and economic development opportunities through smarter investments in a more energy-efficient and low-carbon economy. During this session, participants will receive an overview of ACEEE’s findings and recommendations related to ensuring our nation’s vulnerable populations own a stake in the emerging energy-efficient and low-carbon economy.
Presenter: John A. "Skip” Laitner, Economic and Social Analysis Program Director, ACEEE
WAP: NASCSP Initiatives
This session will highlight various NASCSP Energy Services initiatives including the 2012 Public Information Campaign, Carbon Trading Initiative, Weatherization Plus Health, and leveraging best practices and strategies for utilizing partnerships in WAP.
Presenters: Alice Gaston, Program Assistant, Energy Services, NASCSP; Bob Scott, Director, Energy Services, NASCSP
Presenter: Jo-Ann Choate, Carbon Trading Project Director, NASCSP
Presenter: Lisa Kesecker, Consultant, NASCSP
Presenter: Meg Power, President and Executive Director, Economic Opportunity Studies
Part 1 of this session will focus on “big picture” elements:
  • Weatherization Funding Levels and anticipated impact of the Continuing Resolution;
  • Inspector General Reports – status, what we have learned, what we can expect going forward;
  • Weatherization Accomplishments/Achievements including National Evaluation results, SERC activities, goals accomplished and how these influence future activities.
Presenters: Robert Adams, Supervisor, U.S. Department of Energy; Holly Ravesloot, Energy Technology Field Specialist
Part two of this session will dive into more of the details related to running the Program including Grant Guidance overview, what is “new” this year, and how Grantees may be asked to address specific elements in their Grantee Plan for 2013:
  • Grant Guidance – format changes DOE is undertaking to simplify for Grantees;
  • Lessons Learned from the 2012 Application Process;
  • Incidental Repair Measures (IRM) – how to implement so all Grantees are allocating funds to IRMs (and other cost categories) consistently;
  • Audit Procedures – IRM impact on site specific and priority lists; intentions of priority lists, regarding regulatory compliance, and reviewing guidance;
  • Health and Safety Updates – changes to 11-6, how Grantees’ budgets are reviewed and followed and what Grantees might consider in the next round of applications; and
  • Client files – observations from field visits and where there are vulnerabilities within the Program because of inconsistent information captured in files.
Presenters: Robert Adams, Supervisor, U.S. Department of Energy; Rob DeSoto, Energy Project Specialist, Golden Field Office; Holly Ravesloot, Energy Technology Program Specialist; Jennifer Somers, Team Lead for Training and Technical Assistance/Senior Policy Advisor; U.S. Department of Energy; Andrea Lucero, Contracting Officer, Golden Field Office

Thursday, September 13 ^

WAP Work Quality
This session will include discussions on:
  • Technical/Field and Administrative Quality —observations and insights gathered from Project Officers, SMS, IBTS, the IG, and the National Evaluation about field operations;
  • How the Weatherization Plus Committee is proposing the Program increase the quality of the Program in both technical and administrative areas based on these observations and insights; and
  • How Grantees are looking at specific elements necessary to ensure the quality of the work is acceptable including minimum requirements for Grantees to monitor quality reviews of records and policy implementation systems to ensure the Grantee does not accept poor quality work.
Presenters will engage the audience in a discussion on how to reconcile differences in quality and standards.
Presenter: Marilou Cheple, Weatherization Supervisor, Minnesota Department of Commerce
Presenters: Kelly Cutchin, Technical Advisor, SMS; Cynthia Simonson, Project Director, SMS
Presenter: Michael Furze, Green Initiatives Specialist, New Mexico Mortgage Finance Specialist
WAP: Training, Certification, and Accreditation
This session will cover:
  • Accreditation and Certification Overview;
  • Training center accreditation and certification process – what are the WTCs going through in gaining credentials and how is the workforce certification process going to work;
  • Accreditation and Certification impacts on the quality of the program going forward – what does the certification tell Grantees (and employers) about the centers and students and what are those questions the Grantee (and employers) will still have to ask and verify, even with a credentialed center and workforce.
Presenter: Brad Turner, Weatherization Program Manager, Southface
Presenter: Mark Jackson, Vice President, NRCERT
Presenters: Jennifer Somers, Team Lead for Training and Technical Assistance/Senior Policy Advisor; U.S. DOE; Kelly Cutchin, Technical Advisor, SMS
Related Docs

Friday, September 14 ^

LIHEAP Weatherization
With DOE WAP funding both uncertain and likely to be at lower levels than needed to sustain the WAP network, LIHEAP funding is becoming even more indispensable for WAP. This session will provide an overview of how states have utilized LIHEAP funding as part of their Weatherization Programs, strategies for working with your LIHEAP office, the rules and justification > 15% transfer to WAP waiver, and innovative uses of LIHEAP funds that have enabled states to enhance WAP services beyond what they can do with DOE funds.
Presenter: Julie Palakovich, Program Manager, Washington Department of Commerce, Community Services and Housing Division
Presenter: Hans Berg, Energy Programs Coordinator, Community Action Partnership Association of Idaho
Presenter: Larry Dawson, Deputy Director, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
Presenter: Tim Zimmer, Energy Policy and Program Analyst, Oregon Housing and Community Services
Related Docs
Weatherization Plus Health
The Weatherization Plus Health initiative is a national effort to enable the comprehensive, strategic coordination of resources for energy, health, and safety in low-income homes to ensure energy efficient and healthy indoor environments by facilitating the establishment of strong, effective partnerships between CSBG, WAP and Healthy Homes providers. This session will provide a brief review of the initiative and provide updates including previews of the website, the second round of regional conferences, initial findings on medical care savings from WAP Health and Safety activities, and the New Hampshire and New Mexico models for implementing Weatherization Plus Health into their program and training.
Jenae Bjelland, Director, Healthy Homes, NASCSP; Scott Falvey, Weatherization Program Manager, New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning; Bob Scott, Director, Energy Services, NASCSP
Michael Furze, Green Initiatives Specialist, New Mexico Mortgage Finance Specialist;