The boards of directors of two local nonprofit organizations with a shared focus on Healthy Homes voted to join forces in a merger, effective on July 1, 2020 . Conservation Consultants, Inc. (CCI) will add its more than 40 years of experience making in-home, hands-on energy assessments and improvements to the growing suite of Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh (RTP) programs for lower-income homeowners in Western Pennsylvania. The merged organization, which will operate under the Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh brand, will continue to offer vital home repair services while also building bridges between residents and the broader health- and safety-oriented services they need.
CCI and RTP have been increasingly collaborative over the past several years as they shared resources and effort while conducting outreach to residents, coordinating with local community development corporations and delivering meaningful, long-term outcomes for local stakeholders. Successful efforts have included the signing of the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Compact and the repair of more than 50 homes in the Hill District, Homewood and East Liberty to be healthier and more energy efficient.
“We have always shared common values and a commitment to serve individuals and families with fewer resources with CCI” said Steve Hellner-Burris, chief executive officer of Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh. “This merger creates a stronger organization with more expertise to identify and remedy the compounding, home-based issues affecting our clients such as mold, radon, and carbon monoxide.”
CCI has been a regional champion for residential energy efficiency and home health for decades. Joining that longstanding commitment with RTP’s direct service model will allow the merged organization to provide thoughtful leadership on issues and advocacy for policies that improve healthy housing conditions for low-income families.
Many of CCI’s professional staff are being retained in their mission-critical roles. Select members of the CCI Board are continuing their service as members of RTP’s board of directors.
“CCI and RTP bring together complementary skills sets, expertise, programs and areas of geographic service. We are excited to be providing more environmentally friendly, energy efficient, and whole-house home repair services to create sustainable healthy homes in our region,” said Jeaneen Zappa, executive director of Conservation Consultants, Inc. “We are setting the stage for more robust, combined services and a thoughtful advocacy and community engagement approach.”
Much of CCI’s programming is tied to its successful track record as a contractor helping local utility companies manage their universal services programs for their clients with lower incomes. This work will continue at Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh by continuing to conduct audits, manage programs and conduct quality assurance for both Columbia Gas and Duquesne Light Company.
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Combined with Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh, we will provide more Western Pennsylvanians with safe and healthy homes.