The Bronzeville neighborhood in Chicago is the hub of exciting opportunities to connect technology and energy efficiency to improve the health of our communities and save money!
Photo: Faith in Place staff Veronica Kyle, Princess Harris, and Isioma Odum educate Bronzeville residents about smart energy and workforce development for clean energy jobs.
For the past nine months, we have been in collaboration with various Houses of Worship in the neighborhood and ComEd to educate residents about ways they can partake in these “bright ideas.”
Thanks to Chosen Tabernacle, Bright Star Church, Metropolitan Apostolic Church, Holy Angels Church and Blackwell-Israel AME Zion Church for being early advocates of caring for the Earth.
Isioma Odum, who serves as Bronzeville Outreach Coordinator, has joined faith community meetings, Black History Month celebrations, youth programming, and more to educate more than 1,500 people at 20 events.
Opportunities include a free home energy assessment, in which ComEd customers can receive personalized energy-saving recommendations for their home along with free and discounted energy-saving products that can help homeowners and renters lower their energy usage and save money – more than $180 per year on average!
Free smart thermostats are available as well. Interested Bronzeville residents can call 855-433-2700 to schedule an assessment.
Isioma also lets community members know about energy-saving offerings through ComEd especially designed for income eligible customers to easily improve home and building energy efficiency.
Because of the neighborhood’s close proximity to the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), the neighborhood is part of a pilot project for a micro-grid – a small power grid with locally-generated power that can connect to the main grid or disconnect to keep power flowing in case of an emergency.
Faith communities in the area are perfectly positioned to help their members take advantage of the attention on clean energy in the neighborhood with the added bonus of cost savings.
Isioma looks forward to continuing to build relationships with Houses of Worship in Bronzeville to further the impact.
“It was a pleasure to connect with people of faith, who poured out such passion to provide members with the resources that foster initiatives towards environmental justice,” she says. “I personally cannot thank the faith communities enough for opening their doors and your hearts to me. My prayer is that we continue to connect in such ways that will bring houses of worship in Bronzeville together.”