Macie Melendez

Macie Melendez is Home Energy's Assistant Editor.

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Money Well Spent: A Look at the Recovery Act's WAP Milestones

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March 01, 2012

From the beginning, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) was all about the numbers: $5 billion doled out to 50 states, the U.S. territories, and Indian tribes for three ... [continue reading]

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The XX Factor

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January 02, 2013

Q&A with Ann Atkinson and a look into ACI's Women in Home Performance initiative. [continue reading]

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Women Undervaluing Themselves

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March 01, 2014

In the course of researching a future article on women in home performance, I sent out a request via e-mail and social media asking women this question: What’s the biggest obstacle you’... [continue reading]

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Let's Talk Gender: What Women Bring to Home Performance

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July 02, 2014

It’s no secret that home performance is a male-dominated industry. Attend any industry conference and you’ll quickly see that women are vastly outnumbered. That being said, there are still women in ... [continue reading]

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Green Roofs for Homeless Youth

Green Roofs for Homeless Youth

Macie Melendez

In August 2011, Affordable Housing Associates (AHA) celebrated the completion of Harmon Gardens, a multifamily apartment building that provides shelter and supportive services for 15 transition-age youth, ages 18–24, which are homeless or at risk of homelessness. [continue reading]

Window Film Gets Respect in California

Window Film Gets Respect in California

Macie Melendez

Recently the California Energy Commission (CEC) put window film on the fast track to get it into the new building code—to be effective in 2014. As the first state in the nation to place window film in the next building code, California has officially recognized window film as a legitimate, cost-effective energy saver. [continue reading]

Beyond the Cover—Q&A with Chuck Watkins, Veterans Green Jobs

Beyond the Cover—Q&A with Chuck Watkins, Veterans Green Jobs

Macie Melendez

The latest cover (right) of Home Energy features a photo of a man named Scott Willingham. Scott is pictured while working as part of the Veterans Green Jobs program, which trains veterans to work in the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), as well as other green jobs. [continue reading]

The History of WAP

The History of WAP

Macie Melendez

State & Local Energy Report recently released the documentary film, Filling the Gaps: The History of the Weatherization Assistance Program. Produced in partnership with the National Association for State Community Service Programs, it tells the complete story of the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). Through interviews with the pioneers of WAP, the film shows how a modest plan to put people back to work grew into a sophisticated, technologically driven program that's played a major ... [continue reading]

NASCSP Day 1: A Warm Welcome and Visions for the Future

NASCSP Day 1: A Warm Welcome and Visions for the Future

Macie Melendez

There's no doubt that the weatherization world post-ARRA funding is going to be one of challenges. But, when you think about it, the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) wasn't without them even with a plethora of funding. That's why during this morning's opening conference session at the annual National Association For State Community Services Programs (NASCSP) event in Atlanta, Georgia, board president of NASCSP and managing director of the community services and ... [continue reading]

NASCSP National Carbon Trading Project

NASCSP National Carbon Trading Project

Macie Melendez

While attending the NASCSP conference last week in Atlanta, Georgia, the overall message was: How do we keep the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) relevant in the future? Also, how do we find more funding to keep our programs alive post-ARRA? [continue reading]

Book Preview: Prefabulous + Almost Off the Grid

Book Preview: Prefabulous + Almost Off the Grid

Macie Melendez

Author Sheri Koones’ book, Prefabulous + Almost Off the Grid doesn’t come out until next month, but she was nice enough to send us a digital preview before it officially hits stands. [continue reading]

A Visit to Southface

A Visit to Southface

Macie Melendez

A few weeks ago, while attending the NASCSP conference in Atlanta, Georgia, I took an afternoon to visit some friends of the magazine at Southface. Southface promotes comfortable, energy-, water-, and resource-efficient homes, workplaces and communities throughout the Southeast. They have a resource center as well as an education facility for the home performance community. As a newbie to Atlanta and to the Southface offices, I asked for a tour of the building (which is ... [continue reading]

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