ECOSS’ For Homes program has been around since 1996, during which time we’ve worked with non-native-English-speaking communities,  teaching families about “green” cleaning, recycling, water and energy conservation, and health risks associated with common household cleaning products.  The program has reached over 7,500 families through community group presentations, local fairs and festivals, and other neighborhood-oriented events.

Our outreach team provides great resources to our clients, like green cleaning kits.  It looks like we might need to update our own information after this New York Times article was published, talking about this list created by the City of San Francisco. The list contains more than 1,000 products that have met stringent standards for health, safety and environmental sustainability (this is a bigger deal than most lists because of its comprehensive nature and because it was created by a government group rather than a commercial one). Notice that Cleaning Products is the largest category in the list.

Powerful Neighborhoods Update

Since partnering with Seattle City Light’s Powerful Neighborhoods Program, we have expanded our language capabilities, our staff, and our reach. We schedule home visits, provide translations, and deliver and install energy efficient fixtures at no cost.

Take a look at our figures from the program:

Number of homes served (actual): 1,145

Number of bulbs installed: 36,725

Number of kilowatt hours saved: 13,588,250 kwh

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