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KEEM Weatherization Program Takes a Bow 
KEEM crowd
Office of Sustainability Director Erin Gill, right, stands among the crowd of people marking the close of the successful KEEM program. 

The Public Works Building's meeting room was full of people celebrating the success of the Knoxville Extreme Energy Makeover (KEEM) on Wednesday morning. 

Mayor Madeline Rogero thanked all the partners who, over the course of almost two years, helped improve the energy efficiency of homes for nearly 1,300 families. 

KEEM Mayor Rogero

The program couldn’t have happened at this scale without the $15 million grant from TVA’s EnergyRight program, the Mayor said.

Speakers included (from top to bottom) Cindy Herron, TVA Vice President of Energy Right; Celeste Herbert, KUB Board Chair; and Jason Estes, CAC Director of Housing/Energy Services.

Cindy Herron of TVA

KUB Board Chair Celeste Herbert

Jason Estes of CAC

Estes shared the words from some thank-you notes sent by men and women whose homes had received the extreme makeovers. Their exuberant and emotional expressions of gratitude brought home the impact on the hundreds of people whose homes will be more comfortable and affordable.

“That’s what this is about,” Mayor Rogero said after the notes were read. 

For more about KEEM's accomplishments and how the partnerships will continue to assist Knoxville's low-income residents, read the press release

Liz Hanna and Jennifer Alldrege

Elizabeth Hannah of KUB signs in at the KEEM wrap-up event. AmeriCorps member Joe Arcus (left) and Jennifer Alldredge (right) of Alliance to Save Energy staff the check-in table. Alldredge performed 150 energy-saving workshops in less than two years, teaching homeowners how simple and inexpensive habits can help reduce utility costs. 

Posted by ptravis On 16 August, 2017 at 4:03 PM