At a kickoff news conference last September, Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II introduced Mrs. Renette Riley, the first Green Impact Zone resident to qualify for our Low-Income Weatherization Assistance Program. Once the paperwork was in order, we conducted an energy audit of Mrs. Riley’s home to determine exactly what weatherization work was needed.

The work was completed in December, and Mrs. Riley couldn’t be happier. At the Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council meeting last Saturday, she said her house is the warmest it’s ever been and her electric bill is lower than before. She encouraged her neighbors to run – not walk – to the Green Impact Zone office to apply for the program.

“Thank you for your efficient planning and tireless efforts to make my home warm and cozy,” Mrs. Riley said in a letter to Green Impact Zone staff. “You will never know what receiving a new furnace means to me. Thank you for seeing the great need in our community and taking measures to improve the lives of the seniors and residents of Ivanhoe and other neighborhoods in the Green Impact Zone.”

While not everyone needs a new furnace, weatherization can help qualified homeowners and renters save energy and save money by adding insulation, sealing leaks around doors and windows and repairing furnaces and air conditioners. Find out if you qualify for the Green Impact Zone Low-Income Weatherization Assistance Program. Visit to learn more.