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Heat Pumps: An Emerging Tool to Support Cleaner Air, More Affordable Energy, and Better Health

Overview

June 6, 2024 | 12 – 1:30 p.m. CT

Public health practitioners, policymakers, and community advocates alike will have an opportunity to learn about the compelling evidence of the economic, environmental, and health benefits of heat pumps, which include more affordable energy, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, improved air quality, and avoided adverse health impacts.

Through appropriate laws, policies, and incentives, heat pumps can be an accessible tool for single-family and multi-family homes and other buildings in communities impacted most by poor air quality. Presenters will describe recent initiatives to rapidly expand adoption of heat pumps, including through innovative laws and policies, as well as opportunities for increased advocacy by public health practitioners and community health, and health equity advocates. 

By attending this webinar, you will:

  • Learn about heat pumps and their relevance to public health.
  • Gain an understanding of the evidence regarding the economic, environmental, and health benefits of heat pumps.
  • Learn about resources outlining the evidence of the impact of heat pumps at the national and local levels.
  • Obtain information on the health disparities found in local communities related to air quality, vulnerability to extreme heat and cold, and access to renewable energy.
  • Acquire an overview of emerging law and policy innovations to expand adoption of heat pumps, including through improved access. 

Presenters:

  • Eric Wilson, M.S., Engineering and Building Systems, Strategic Advisor, U.S. Department of Energy and Senior Research Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Talor Gruenwald, M.S., Economics and Environmental Policy, Data Scientist, Rewiring America   
  • Emily Levin, M.S., Environmental Management, Senior Policy Advisor, NESCAUM (Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management)  

Moderator:

  • Jill Krueger, J.D. Director, Climate and Health, Network for Public Health Law