Environment and Energy Community Outreach Center (EECO)

DESCRIPTION

The EECO Center is PCSI’s East End Community Outreach to community clients for energy assistance, including LIHEAP/Dollar Energy Fund Applications and other utility assistance. The EECO Center also embraces the sponsorship and collaboration for Energy Efficiency Programs, and other “green” Entrepreneurship activities programmed by the agency’s Micro-Business Institute. The EECO also supports the Larimer community’s Urban Gardening project and is available for community meetings.

The EECO Center opened April 1, 2012, and is staffed by PCSI. The Neighborhood Safety Program serves as the anchor program department for the EECO Center which is located in Larimer and supports the East End Communities of Friendship, Garfield and Bloomfield (15224); East Liberty, Larimer and Lincoln (15206); and Homewood-Brushton and East Hills (15208). The Center advocates for special programs and services, including consumer utility education and assistance, ‘green’ building demonstrations, internship and employment opportunities, and other green initiatives. In 2012, the EECO Center served one hundred sixty (160) individuals.

The EECO Center combines resources for greening homes and businesses with a person–to-person connection to utility companies. The EECO Center will improve awareness about utility consumer programs and sustainable practices, as well as ways for residents to better use energy within their homes. The EECO Center is committed to providing the tools and knowledge necessary to our communities for the creation of personal lifestyles and economic models that reduce the human carbon footprint and function within the ecological limits of our planet.


PROGRAMS

The EECO Center offers workshops and classes focused on green principles to community groups, non-profits, schools and other interested groups. Our workshops focus on hands-on projects that provide knowledge and understanding to participating groups and individuals. EECO Programs include:

Workshops Green Educational Sessions EECO Services
  • Renewable Energy
  • Stormwater Management
  • Container Herb Gardening
  • Composting
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Green Talk Tuesdays
  • Financial Literacy
  • Energy Efficiency Tips for your Home
  • Water Efficiency Tips for your Home
  • Basics of Recycling
  • Dollar Energy Fund
  • LIHEAP Application Assistance
  • PA Powerswitch Counseling
  • ECO Water and Energy Kit Installation
  • Refrigerator Replacement Program
  • Light bulb Replacement  Program

HOURS OF SERVICE AND CONTACT INFORMATION

Monday thru Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
For more information regarding services provided by EECO please call (412) 661-0576.