Clean Energy Works Oregon (CEWO) is a non-profit dedicated to saving energy, reducing carbon dioxide emissions and creating green jobs by helping Oregonians make their homes more energy efficient. CEWO connects homeowners with contractors, provides free home energy assessments, and offers no money down financing from its lending partners. Homeowners can get loans for up to $30,000 for upgrades that are repaid over time through their utility bills.

Recognizing that older homes may have problems that should be fixed prior to energy upgrades, CEWO lets participants use a portion of their loans for non-energy improvements such as outdated wiring. As of 2012, over 3000 homes had been upgraded, generating $26 million in economic development, eliminating 5,095 tons of carbon emissions each year and creating 300 jobs. CEWO received $20 million in seed funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Neighborhood Program and worked closely with Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) on program design and implementation.

CEWO uses a High Road Agreement that sets workforce standards and provides incentives to contractors for employing a diverse workforce and for being or contracting with historically underrepresented businesses.

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