ICAST’s AmeriCorps VISTA Program: Meet the VISTA Members

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In January 2021, ICAST was approved by AmeriCorps to be a host site for Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) members. ICAST brought on five VISTA members to provide database development, community outreach, data analysis, research, and more. Their passion and experience help ICAST reduce multifamily affordable housing (MFAH) tenants’ economic and energy burdens, preserve affordable housing, and fight climate change.     ICAST VISTA Members    Valerie Spina  Blockchain Researcher  Valerie joined ICAST in August …

January 2022 Policy Blog

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Kristen Cheriegate  |  ICAST Policy Analyst ******************* Reconciliation Bill Updates  The Build Back Better (BBB) legislation hit a hard stop in the Senate in December. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) has had reservations regarding the bill but came out publicly saying he “…cannot vote to continue with this piece of legislation… This is a ‘no’ on this legislation.”  There is a chance that …

December 2021 Policy Blog

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Kristen Cheriegate  |  ICAST Policy Analyst ******************* Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Signed into Law  The Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill (H.R. 3684) passed and was signed into law by President Biden this past month. The White House has released a Fact Sheet stating that this new law will “…ensure every American has access to high-speed internet, tackle the climate crisis, advance environmental justice, and invest in communities that have too often been left …

ICAST Receives UCAIR Grant

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ICAST was recently selected as a 2021-2022 UCAIR Grant recipient for its project: Bringing Beneficial Electrification to Utah’s Low-Income Community. ICAST’s project will retrofit 2,000 multifamily affordable housing (MFAH) homes with energy efficiency measures, health, and safety, and water conservation upgrades to reduce lifetime energy consumption by 22 million+ kWh. ICAST will install at least 500 VHE Heat Pump Systems on …

November 2021 Policy Blog

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Kristen Cheriegate  |  ICAST Policy Analyst *******************   Congressional Infrastructure and Budget Bills Update  While formal votes on the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the partisan reconciliation bill have yet to take place, draft texts of both bills continue to float amongst Congressmembers. Negotiations have caused some line items to shift in price tag, but according to a benchmark first reported by Axios on October 26, the climate change provisions in the reconciliation package may still total …

October 2021 Policy Blog

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Kristen Cheriegate  |  ICAST Policy Analyst Congressional Infrastructure and Budget Bills Update  The $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill has stumbled across a bit of a roadblock on its way to passage. Progressive Democrats argue that they will not vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill until the partisan $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill has been passed; meanwhile, moderate Democrats continue to argue that they will not vote in favor …

September 2021 Policy Blog

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Kristen Cheriegate  |  ICAST Policy Analyst Congressional Infrastructure and Budget Bills Update On Tuesday, August 24, Congressional House Democrats resolved quarrels between centrist Democrats and the party to pass the $3.5 trillion partisan investment package – narrowly passing with a 220 to 212 vote. To appease the centrist Democrats during negotiations on the partisan bill, …

August 2021 Policy Blog

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Kristen Cheriegate  |  ICAST Policy Analyst Congressional Infrastructure and Budget Bills On Wednesday, July 28, the $1.2 trillion infrastructure package was announced to have bipartisan support in the U.S. Senate. An apparent problem is that billions of dollars of climate spending have been cut from the deal. For example, funding for public transit and electric …

Are Builders Getting Bang for the Buck?

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Reprinted from Tax Credit Advisor  Issue: May 2021 by Scott Beyer A Balancing Act Around Energy Efficient Construction Energy efficient construction (EEC) is a focus area for cities and states as they move to reduce carbon emissions – after all, current buildings account for nearly 40 percent of such pollution. In many jurisdictions, developers—and consumers, to whom costs are passed …