HEET’s innovative programs have received local and national recognition. Here is a list of recent awards and press.
2017 Hero: Every Town Needs A Squeaky Leak Project
2010 EPA Regional Environmental Merit Award
2009 City of Cambridge GoGreen Award
2009 Mass Climate Action Network Climate Superstar Award
HEET in the news
Council Ordinance works to eliminate gas leaks in Boston
Beacon Hill Times Jan 4, 2017
Home Energy Efficiency Team (HEET) and Boston University scientists will be working with Columbia Gas and Eversource over the next six months to study the best methodologies to find super-emitters. Audrey Schulman, the president of HEET, said currently utilities have no friendly grading system that measures high volume gas leaks based on environmental impacts and not safety.
Boston City Councilor Proposes Crackdown on Utility Companies
New England Cable Network Dec 2016
“It makes me angry about the waste. It’s like going to a gas station and filling up your car and the nozzle dribbles all over the ground and you have to pay for it.” —Audrey Schulman
Senator Warren Praises HEET
South Coast Today Nov 20, 2016
“Thanks to data collected by the Home Energy Efficiency Team, we know that in 2015 there were over 1,400 unrepaired natural gas leaks in Boston, over 400 in Weymouth, and over 500 in Springfield. Across the Commonwealth, a whopping 15,000 leaks still require repair, and many have been leaking for decades.” —Sen. Elizabeth Warren
Missing Gas Leaks Raising Questions
Boston Globe, June 4, 2016
“This suggests that the utilities aren’t doing a good job tracking leaks,” said Audrey Schulman, president of the Home Energy Efficiency Team, or HEET, a Cambridge nonprofit that analyzed the data. “If they don’t have them on their books, they’re not monitoring them, and if they’re left unmonitored, leaks get worse.”
Legislation may force utilities to fix gas leaks quicker
Boston Globe June 20, 2016
“The bill is needed, because the gas wasted by these leaks is potentially explosive, hurts human health, kills trees, damages the climate, and we ratepayers have to pay for the wasted gas,” said Audrey Schulman, president of the Home Energy Efficiency Team, or HEET, a Cambridge nonprofit. She urged the utilities to do more to repair the so-called super-emitters. “Fixing these gushers cuts the problem in half in the most cost-effective, least disruptive manner possible,” she said. “It’s a no-brainer.”
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