Baltimore Energy Challenge
Mobile Energy Education Center
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake recently unveiled the Baltimore Energy Challenge Mobile Energy Education Center – “Baltimore’s Tiny House” – and prize jewel of the Baltimore Energy Challenge. The Mobile Energy Education Center is spreading awareness all over Baltimore City around energy efficiency, sustainable living, and affordable housing of the future.
Designed by Davin Hong of Living Design Lab, and built by Civic Works, this project was used as a job training opportunity for young AmeriCorps volunteers of the YouthBuild program at Civic Works, teaching them construction and sustainable job skills.
The Mobile Energy Education Center is geared toward inspiring Baltimore City residents to become more energy efficient in their own homes. With quick tips on behavior changes to do in their home, such as putting appliances on power strips and shutting them off when not in use; to switching out all light bulbs for more efficient options such as CFLs and LEDs; to using low-flow shower heads – the Mobile Education Center provides real life visuals of these items installed in a home.
The tiny house is designed to promote energy efficient and sustainable living from quick tips to bigger decisions including choosing renewable resources such as the bamboo cabinets and recycled paper countertops, to the solar tube and backup pedal power. The home is loaded with realistic examples of how one might live more sustainably and energy efficient in their own home.
Supervised students from several of Civic Works’ programs built this house at Civic Works Baltimore Center for Green Careers training facility. Additionally, Energy Educators from the Baltimore Energy Challenge have been trained on the features of the tiny house to discuss energy efficiency with all of our visitors.
The Baltimore Energy Challenge (BEC) has become Baltimore’s nationally recognized
energy efficiency and conservation education program since its launch in 2009.
BEC teaches low to no cost ways to save energy to Baltimore City residents,
businesses, and nonprofits through a grassroots effort in neighborhoods and
schools. The Energy Efficiency Program is a free program to Baltimore City
residents to include installation of energy and water conservation equipment
(i.e., programmable thermostat, energy-efficient light bulbs, water-saving
fixtures, pipe wraps, power strips, CO/smoke detector and more). This program
is open to any Baltimore City homeowner or tenant residing in a house or
apartment. Call to make your appointment, 443-869-2614.
The Baltimore Energy Initiative (BEI) is a multi-agency, city-wide program to expand
and streamline the City's energy conservation programs and education and
outreach efforts. Funded by a $52 million grant from the Public Service
Commission of Maryland, BEI supports a number of existing City programs and
supplements the mayor's efforts to reduce Baltimore City's energy use, while
promoting local investment. Under BEI, Baltimore City's Weatherization
Assistance Program is able to serve more residents, as well as provide
additional services, such as roof repairs and furnace replacements.
The Baltimore Energy Challenge is a program of the Baltimore Office of Sustainability in partnership with Civic Works and the Baltimore Community Foundation. The Mobile Energy Education Center will be on tour throughout Baltimore City. To request a visit by the tiny house and its team of Energy Educators, call 443-869-2614.