For January 16th, please tune in to hear from a presentation recently shared by the Sustainable Sanctuary Coalition (SSC).  They are a 501(C)3 interfaith nonprofit begun in 2005 in the Kansas City area for the purpose of fostering earth care in congregations.  We will hear portions of their December, 2022 Rebates and Tax Credits presentation, which is information according to the Inflation Reduction Act.  It is also now available to watch on YouTube.

Presenters were:

Bill Roush, who is retired from the Black & Veatch (B&V) Renewables group. While at B&V, he was a Project Manager assisting solar developers with Interconnection Applications. He also was the utility scale solar plant warranty manager. Bill has an undergraduate degree in Urban Affairs and an MBA from UMKC. He was the founding Director of the Metro Energy Center for the City of Kansas City, Missouri. Bill is currently a Board member of the Climate and Energy Project and the Mainstreet Credit Union.

Bill Griffith, the Energy Chair of the Thomas Hart Benton Group of the Sierra Club. He is on the Climate Protection Plan Steering Committee for the city of Kansas City, Missouri. He formerly has served as Chapter Chair of the Kansas Sierra Club along with various other positions.

Ken Riead, retired but still active as an online instructor for the EnergySmart Institute. He served as the Energy Administrator for the City of Independence, MO and Commercial Energy Consultant for the Board of Public Utilities of Kansas City, KS. Ken developed the initial standards for home energy auditors and raters for the U.S. Department of Labor. Ken is a chartered ‘Legend in Energy’ and a lifetime member of the Association of Energy Engineers. Ken is currently the President of the Heartland Renewable Energy Society.


Sharla Riead, owner of Hathmore Technologies, LLC and the EnergySmart Institute.  Sharla is the lead instructor for the online and on-demand courses at which range from professional certification and continuing education courses to general interest courses in the fields of energy and environmental conservation, building science, indoor air quality, and solar energy.   Sharla started her company in 1979 and has worked with hundreds of homeowners, builders, code officials, program implementers, and energy professionals to improve the energy efficiency of the nation’s building stock.  Sharla is the past president of the Heartland Renewable Energy Society and is an International Code Council Preferred Education Provider.

The Inflation Reduction Act can take a big bite out of fossil fuel use, with rebates and tax credits for equipment that efficiently uses electricity in our homes.  Savings from these technologies can help our household budgets to better withstand inflation and droughts’ impacts on food prices.  This program supports our readiness to buy electric vehicles, solar panel systems, battery storage, heat pumps, heat pump water heaters, and electric ranges.  Energy audits, weatherization, and insulation will also be discussed.

We at EcoRadio KC are glad to encourage awareness and protection of our world.  Our goal is to assure our listeners are aware of how we can create a sustainable present for a sustainable future!

“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”

— Martin Luther King Jr.

This will be a great radio hour!

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