This spring the ‘Climate, Health, and Home’ project team ran three more workshops in Philadelphia. The workshop themes this year focused on mold, climate change, emergency preparedness, and home weatherization. In addition, the presentations considered questions of indoor air quality and energy efficiency. Workshop facilitators reviewed various city services and other resources available to Philadelphians.

The “Weather Ready Homes” workshops were designed and facilitated by a diverse team from six Philadelphia organizations: Russ Zerbo (Clean Air Council), Ali Kenner (Drexel University), Julia Menzo (Liberty Lutheran), Deepa Mankikar (National Nurse-Led Care Coalition), Thomas Flaherty (Energy Coordinating Agency) and Alex Skula (Philadelphia Department of Public Health). Our workshops were held at the LCFS West Philadelphia Senior Center in East Parkside, the Bayard Taylor School in Hunting Park, and St. John’s Church in Mayfair.

In our first workshop of the year, Thomas Flaherty of the Energy Coordinating Agency discusses methods to reduce home energy usage, including by replacing old lightbulbs with LED bulbs. This workshop was held at the LCFS West Philadelphia Senior Community Center on February 7, 2019.

A total of 89 people participated in the workshops, representing 22 zip codes across the city. Each workshop ran approximately two hours and featured presentations, group discussions, and interactive activities. Participants were also asked to complete a pre-workshop and a post-workshop survey, which asked what they knew about climate change, what kinds of emergency plans they had in place, and how the city and city agencies might improve preparations for climate change.

Our project team is also conducting oral history interviews with participants about their experiences with the Philadelphia environment. Stay tuned for a project website and white paper in late summer 2019!

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