Knoxville recognizes non-profit for climate change efforts

Knoxville recognizes non-profit for climate change efforts

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SEEED, or Socially Equal Energy Efficient Development, works to curb climate change and carbon pollution at the local level, but at the same time, creates more jobs for the youth of East Tennessee. SEEED, or Socially Equal Energy Efficient Development, works to curb climate change and carbon pollution at the local level, but at the same time, creates more jobs for the youth of East Tennessee.
SEEED was recognized Monday morning by Mayor Madeline Rogero's office and State Representative Joe Armstrong, presenting them with an official proclamation from the city. SEEED was recognized Monday morning by Mayor Madeline Rogero's office and State Representative Joe Armstrong, presenting them with an official proclamation from the city.
Knoxville, TN - By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The City of Knoxville is recognizing a local non-profit for its efforts to help the community.

SEEED, or Socially Equal Energy Efficient Development, works to curb climate change and carbon pollution at the local level, but at the same time, creates more jobs for the youth of East Tennessee.

SEEED was recognized Monday morning by Mayor Madeline Rogero's office and State Representative Joe Armstrong, presenting them with an official proclamation from the city.

The organization works to address carbon pollution, starting here at home.

They have worked in conjunction with the city for the past five years to make area homes more energy efficient.

"Homes that are really struggling with energy efficiency and it's simply because in a lot of cases they're old. Old homes where people may not know about or may not be able to afford to make upgrades on their own,” said Erin Gill, director of the City of Knoxville’s Office of Sustainability.

"We ask them how high their bill is and they say it's huge. But then we ask them 'well what are you doing about it? What have you started thinking about to do?’” said Stan Johnson, executive director of SEEED.

They help homeowners make environmentally friendly, cost saving upgrades, like solar panel installation and weatherization

"If they can weatherize their homes, they can save anywhere from 25 to 30 percent on their energy usage,” said Johnson.

It doesn't stop there. SEEED’s program also creates much-needed jobs for local young people.

They train inner city youth on this green technology and then put them to work on these homes.

"We're helping people lower their utility bill and we're helping young people get jobs in our communities,” said Johnson.

"Not only touching lives from the standpoint of saving money, but it's also generating jobs where young people can get out and weatherize, but also learn why they are doing this,” said Rep. Joe Armstrong.

SEEED is holding a graduation ceremony in August for four of its participants, who have already landed jobs in the green job market.

For more information, contact SEEED through their Facebook page or their website.
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