CHP is pleased to join the Argentina-based NGO called FOVISEE (Foro de Vivienda Sustentabilidad y Energias) as a founding partner of Weatherizers Without Borders (WWB), which is fighting energy inefficiency and energy poverty in order to improve the health, safety, comfort, and economy of families across the globe.
As part of a WWB outreach and education initiative, CHP’s Caleb Simon and Mark Jackson joined several FOVISEE staff members in Argentina coordinating on-site training as part of a weatherization pilot program launched earlier in the year by WWB. They also were part of a weatherization panel discussion held at a local university and met with representatives of the U.S. Embassy in Argentina to discuss broader implementation of weatherization services across the country.
“It’s an honor and a privilege to be a part of such exciting work,” said CHP Vice President of Energy Solutions Mark Jackson. “We have seen in the U.S. just how much weatherization can improve the quality of life of its citizens, and now we have the opportunity to help make that happen for many, many more individuals in other parts of the world.”
In addition, the group participated in the Inter-American Weatherization Exchange hosted by the Organization of American States (OAS) in Uruguay to expand awareness and support for weatherization programs in South America. The conference drew approximately 100 attendees from Uruguay, Argentina, Peru, and Chile and featured presentations, live demonstrations, and break-out sessions—all facilitated by live, real-time translators.
According to Mark, the conference was an excellent opportunity bring numerous countries to the table for a discussion about successful energy efficiency and sustainability practices while also highlighting the positive impact the Weatherization Assistance Program has had in the U.S. and the WWB pilot program has had in Argentina.
“The goal was to introduce this successful U.S. public policy program which is now being implemented in Argentina with the hope it will expand into other countries,” Mark explained.