Last year, Michigan set in motion its plan to fight climate change. It's method: move the state away from fossil fuels and toward clean, renewable energy. The MI Healthy Climate Plan sets bold goals for electric companies, for cars, for industry and for... buildings?
It may seem nonsensical at first, but buildings like our homes and our workplaces are major contributors of climate change. Stoves and heating may run on gas. Air conditioning and appliances may use massive amounts of energy. And windows and doors may let the wintry or hot air of the outdoors in, causing more heating or cooling to be used.
To best fight climate change, we must electrify our homes and make them as efficient as possible. The result is not only good for the environment. It's good for our personal health and our personal finances, too.
Now, in the wake of a Democratic takeover in the Michigan Legislature, influential State Sen. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) is prepared to put this part of the MI Healthy Climate Plan in motion. Last session, she introduced the MI Affordable, Healthy Homes Proposal, which would invest $1.6 billion in surplus COVID dollars into building and renovating energy-efficient, pollution-free homes for the working and middle classes. It would also fund programs that train workers to complete these sorts of building projects.
Join Sen. Chang as she discusses the need for investments in healthy, affordable homes and buildings and what our homes of the near future might look like if her legislation passes. She'll be joined by Charlotte Jameson, chief policy officer of the Michigan Environmental Council and organizer of the Resilient Homes Michigan coalition.
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Steve and Judy Dobson