Eliminating the Path to Energy Poverty: Collaborations with the Michigan Energy Waste Reduction Low Income Workgroup

Event Date: 
Thursday, January 24, 2019,
8:30 am to 12:00 pm


  • Racheal Eubanks, Commissioner, Michigan Public Service Commission
  • Jonathan Overpeck, Dean, School for Environment and Sustainability
  • Tony Reames, Professor, School of Environment and Sustainability, and Director, Urban Energy Justice Lab
  • Luke Shaefer, Director, Poverty Solutions

Join the state’s prominent working group on creating solutions for energy challenges facing low-income residents. The Michigan Energy Waste Reduction Low Income Workgroup is comprised of utilities like DTE Energy, energy policy groups like the American Council on an Energy Efficiency Economy (ACEEE), housing policy groups like the National Housing Trust (NHT), and environmental groups like the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC). This event brings together U-M researchers with these stakeholders to discuss the most pressing issues today in housing, energy and poverty.

Households in poverty face an array of challenges to meet their needs for water, energy, healthy food, medical care and affordable housing. For low income residents, these challenges are oftentimes inseparable, and as such, energy policy-makers, advocacy groups, and decision-makers encounter these issues in their approach towards providing clean, renewable and efficient energy in Michigan. Today’s Symposium is intended to bridge research at U-M's Urban Energy Justice Lab and Poverty Solutions Initiative, with priority issues for the stakeholder groups of the Michigan Energy Waste Reduction Low Income Workgroup.


Michigan League, 911 N University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI

Contact person(s): 
Poverty Solutions povertysolutions@umich.edu