EERMC Annual Public Forum


The fourth annual EERMC Public Forum, COVID-19 Crossroads: Achieving Equitable Health Outcomes Through Energy Efficiency, was held virtually on Thursday, September 24, 2020. Driven by the wide-ranging impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Forum focused on the relationships between public health, equity, and energy efficiency and featured health and energy experts from across the U.S. Nearly 100 industry professionals, decision-makers and joined the event. Anthony Hubbard, EERMC Chair, gave welcoming remarks, followed by keynote speaker Reilly Loveland of the New Buildings Institute in Portland, OR who set the stage talking about the investments needed around efficiency, equity and health – and how that progress can be tracked.

The first panel, The Intersectionality of Energy, Socioeconomic Status, Race & Health, featured representatives from RI Office of Energy Resources, United Way of Rhode Island, Tohn Environmental Strategies, and Children’s Mercy Kansas City. The second panel, Opportunities for Improvement: Models and Solutions for the Future, featured industry leaders representing Energy Marketers Association, Green and Healthy Homes Initiative, NY State Energy Research and Development Authority, and Habitat for Humanity Rhode Island. Attendees also heard from EERMC member Karen Verrengia, who let attendees know how to engage in the State’s energy efficiency planning process. Watch the recorded forum here…