Project Manager, Energy Equity Project University of Michigan’s School for Environment & Sustainability
Consistent with the President’s Justice40 Initiative, which stipulates that at least 40% of federal climate investments benefit the communities most vulnerable to poverty and pollution, across our nation there is a renewed effort to ensure that accountability for energy equity and social justice is incorporated into all the ways in which we respond to the challenges of climate change. This presents opportunities and new responsibilities for smart home technologies – how can the industry position itself better to lead with equity in the energy transition? What are the unique challenges for smart home tools (such as home energy management systems and connected thermostats), program implementors, and contractors to ensure that the benefits of these technologies serve the people who most need them? How can we maximize the positive impact of these tools and strategies for LMI communities? How do we measure and evaluate progress?