SPIRIT OF
SPIRIT OF
5 3 years 1981 - 2016 building energy solutions
5 3 years 1981 - 2016 building energy solutions
5 PREFACE Spirit. After 35 years, we honor and celebrate spirit as an abundant, renewable, and indispensable resource. Too often, an organization’s spirit is undervalued and commands no limelight. Unlike missions and metrics, spirit is vague, squishy, daunting to define or evaluate. We have yet to hear it raised in conversations about organizational leadership. Perhaps this dearth of conversation is because exploring and grappling with spirit will not yield immediate, concrete results. In a world where change is constant, spirit is a precious island of bedrock on which to stand. When buffeted by the urgency of unceasing demands, spirit calls us to pause, to breathe and plant new seeds. At EcoWorks, our spirit has lifted us through the crests of joy and helped us survive the moments that were lean, uncertain, and trying. Reflecting on our first 35 years, if there is one thing we feel compelled to share, it is the essence of the EcoWorks spirit. This small book is a humble attempt to capture hints of the spirit that has nourished and sustained us. It is something that everyone connected to EcoWorks has shaped in some way and carries forward into spaces beyond EcoWorks. We hope this serves as a reminder of our roots, an inspiration to staff, and a window into our “true north” for partners and community. - Team EcoWorks: 2016
5  PREFACE  Spirit. After 35 years, we honor and celebrate spirit as an abundant, renewable, and indispensable resource. T...
And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is invisible to the eye. –Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince
And now here is my secret, a very simple secret  It is only with the heart that one can see rightly  what is invisible to ...
OUR VALUES At EcoWorks, our values drive us to ensure all people and future generations have access to economic, environmental, and social well being. They drive us to build capacity in local partners and model structural change. Since 1981, our values have kept us firmly rooted in the City of Detroit. If our values, in concert with our mission and vision, define the horizons of our work, then our spirit is like the soil which anchors us. Like soil, spirit is an element that must be fed, tilled, and cultivated. The more we enrich and replenish our spirit, the greater our opportunities to grow just, green solutions. When we consider our vision of all people thriving in healthy and vibrant communities, our most compelling role in bringing that vision closer will extend beyond the number of individuals we train, students we teach, families we support, or municipal energy plans we draft. Our most significant contribution may be the spirit and inspiration that our staff, clients, and partners carry with them in future work.
OUR VALUES At EcoWorks, our values drive us to ensure all people and future generations have access to economic, environme...
THE FIRST 35 YEARS... WARM adds workshops and trainings in home buying, construction management, home repair, and energy education for low-income residents. WARM co-organizes the first of more than 20 (and counting) Financial Institutions Community Development Conferences (FICON). Weatherization and Retrofit Maintenance (WARM) Training Program is incorporated, “dedicated to developing workerowned cooperatives which ultimately create meaningful and secure jobs / careers for previously unemployed or underemployed persons.” 1981 1991-01 1981-91 WARM begins job training in basic weatherization and construction skills and RenOvation Cooperative Services, SPARRCO Maintenance Cooperative, and Southwest Detroit Construction Cooperative become operational.
THE FIRST 35 YEARS...  WARM adds workshops and trainings in home buying, construction management, home repair, and energy ...
...AND BEYOND Age of Innovation: WARM launches Reclaim Detroit, Better Buildings for Michigan, and expands utility energy optimization programs and the Youth Energy Squad. WARM extends job training partnerships through the federal Pathways Out of Poverty grant and earns a number of awards. All of this culminates in changing our name to EcoWorks. 2011-16 2001-11 WARM emerges as a leader and provides training for green building professionals, conducts commercial and residential energy audits, and is named an Energy Demonstration Center by the State of Michigan. WARM collaborates as a founding partner of Great Lakes Bioneers, Detroit City Council’s Green Task Force, and the Southeast Michigan Regional Energy Office, which serves over 30 municipalities. 2016-
...AND BEYOND  Age of Innovation  WARM launches Reclaim Detroit, Better Buildings for Michigan, and expands utility energy...
PROGRAMS Residential Energy & Water Education Green Consulting Eco-D YES Reclaim Detroit For 35 years, the spirit of EcoWorks has nourished the development and evolution of dozens of programs, initiatives, coalitions, and over one hundred active partnerships. Our founders could not have envisioned that their humble beginnings in a church basement would spark the cutting edge programs in deconstruction, green community development, residential and youth education that EcoWorks operates today. In the same vein, we cannot envision all of the sustainable solutions the next generation of “EcoWorkers” will identify and pursue. But we can hope that the spirit that has inspired us since 1981 will continue to shine through our future work.
PROGRAMS  Residential Energy   Water Education  Green Consulting  Eco-D  YES  Reclaim Detroit  For 35 years, the spirit of...
Everywhere people ask: “What can I actually do?” The answer is as simple as it is disconcerting: we can, each of us, work to put our own inner house in order. The guidance we need for this work cannot be found in science or technology, the value of which utterly depends on the ends they serve; but it can still be found in the traditional wisdom of mankind.” EcoWorks is exceptional at staying true to their mission. - E.F. Schmacher, The work we do and the way we do it always feels meaningful, Small is Beautiful just, and driven by the communities we serve. –Anonymous (EcoWorks staff survey, 2015)
Everywhere people ask     What can I actually do     The answer is as simple as it is disconcerting  we can, each of us, w...
MISSION: We create opportunities to learn and practice the sustainable use of energy and natural resources through innovative education, job training, consulting, social enterprise, and advocacy. EDUCATION Student-led school greening projects Hands-on energy and water conservation workshops Train-the-trainer sessions for human service agencies Advanced trainings for builders and other professionals in green building best practices JOB TRAINING Weatherization and deconstruction Energy auditor certification Summer youth employment CONSULTING Community energy management Neighborhood EcoDistrict planning and coordination Green building resources Large-scale program design and operation for utilities and local governments SOCIAL ENTERPRISE Reclaim Detroit Worker owned co-ops ADVOCACY Co-founder of new sustainability offices & task forces Industry work groups Coalition leadership Conference presentations and meetings with key officials in Lansing, Washington DC, and beyond
MISSION  We create opportunities to learn and practice the sustainable use of energy and natural resources through innovat...
WARM intends to truly be a learning organization, actively seeking the knowledge that will ultimately make it better at serving its clients. If we grow bigger, it will come out of serving the mission. –Bob Chapman, Former Executive Director
WARM intends to truly be a learning organization, actively seeking the knowledge that will ultimately make it better at se...
STAFF TESTIMONIALS I’m lucky to team with a group of passionate, intelligent people who are blazing a diverse set of trails towards environmental sustainability. –Anonymous (EcoWorks staff survey, 2015) Where would we be without EcoWorks? It’s touched so many lives with a hope grounded in real solutions, with big picture thinking put into service every day. It’s a treasure that more people should know about. –Jacob Corvidae, Former Green Program Manager & Interim Executive Director I genuinely love coming to work every day. The people are wonderful, the environment is incredibly supportive, but most importantly the work is so meaningful and impactful. –Anonymous (EcoWorks staff survey, 2015) EcoWorks has a humble way of addressing problems bigger than us. –Noah Purcell, Green Consultant
STAFF TESTIMONIALS  I   m lucky to team with a group of passionate, intelligent people who are blazing a diverse set of tr...
RESIDENT TESTIMONIALS Sometimes you try, but it can be so overwhelming you want to give up. When I went down into the basement to get my towels and I saw the water leaking I just felt powerless. People are out there with need; with no income and their house at risk. I had an excellent visit. I learned how water can be saved through great explanations of usage, conservation, bill education and sewerage. These things I did not know. I feel hopeful and so empowered. I am very grateful for the kindness, compassion and teaching of my educator. He was the best. He knows how to educate with dignity. God Bless him, God Bless EcoWorks! –Novellia P., Detroit resident
RESIDENT TESTIMONIALS  Sometimes you try, but it can be so overwhelming you want to give up. When I went down into the bas...
I am extremely thankful for this program. It has given me a clear understanding of how to manage my occupant behavior and closely monitor my water usage. –Connie H., Detroit resident Getting people to work, that’s number one for me. I have a passion for giving people the opportunity to work and provide for their families. –Donovan White, Board Member I have to say that this in one of the most inspiring presentations that I have seen at any conference, and I have probably been to over 200 conferences. –Ethan Lowenstein, Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, Eastern Michigan University and Director, Southeast Michigan Stewardship Coalition I feel better about my energy bill! –Geri K., Detroit resident Our building is student led now. We have had it in our building long enough that the students are trained on how to conserve energy and how and what to recycle that they take the lead and the teacher is the facilitator that just monitors at this point. –Teacher, DPS Go Green Challenge I personally like the ability to create, support, encourage, and implement programs and ideals that will help the school and community embrace a sustainable life. –Cherryl, Teacher at King HS When EcoWorks came to my home they were very informative and gave hands on training. They showed me how to do it. People have come before but never showed me or involved me. They were the best, ever. They helped me put up the tracks [for the window kits]. I thought they were family they worked so well together. I am in awe, I’ve never had a group that awesome, I didn’t want them to leave. –Killi S., Detroit resident
I am extremely thankful for this program. It has given me a clear understanding of how to manage my occupant behavior and ...
How will we cultivate spirit? We will celebrate it, laugh about it, talk with others about it, and carve out time to reflect on it. If we listen closely, we may just glide along with some extra spirit in our step, a renewed energy to contribute to a vibrant, just, and sustainable world. ecoworksdetroit.org Spirit of EcoWorks is printed sustainably on 100% recycled paper.
How will we cultivate spirit  We will celebrate it, laugh about it, talk with others about it, and carve out time to refle...