About WARM

Established in 1981, WARM Training Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Detroit, Michigan. WARM's expertise is in energy efficiency, green building, and sustainability. We provide these services to residents, businesses, local governments, and professionals.

WARM's Mission

WARM promotes the development of resource efficient, affordable, healthy homes and communities through education, training and technical assistance.

Energy Education

WARM provides thousands of Michigan residents with energy education each year. On average:
  • Each household saves $293/yr and 176.4 kWh/yr for three years
  • Over the last seven years WARM helped 24,000 households
  • Over the last seven years WARM saved 8.8 million kWh, an estimated $14.7 million in savings for low-income residents in Southeast Michigan
  • In 2010 WARM saved 1.6 million kWh, an estimated $2.6 million in savings for low-income residents in Southeast Michigan
Education topics focus on energy efficiency, healthy and green homes, home repair, maintenance, and basic weatherization. Classes for low and moderate income residents are provided at no cost to the participant.

Technical Assistance

WARM provides technical assistance to organizations in the areas of energy efficiency, green building, and sustainable development. In 2010:
  • WARM performed over 70 energy and building analyses, helping nonprofit agencies qualify for over $900,000 in funds to make energy saving improvements to their buildings and operations
  • WARM is currently committed to leveraging an additional $2 million for building upgrades in 2011
In 2008 WARM co-founded the Southeast Michigan Regional Energy Office. The Energy Office offers tools for municipalities in Southeast Michigan to become more energy efficient and reduce their negative environmental impact.

In 2010 the Energy Office helped the State of Michigan receive $30 million from the federal government to run The BetterBuildings for Michigan program. The program is expected to help 11,000 residential buildings and at least 131 commercial, public, and industrial buildings across Michigan save 3.6 TBTU's of energy consumption over the next three years. The program is also expected to produce 2,000 green jobs for the state. The Energy Office manages the Southeast Michigan residential portion of this program.

Green Jobs Training

In 2008 WARM partnered with Henry Ford Community College, Focus: HOPE and SER Metro to begin training and certifying weatherization specialists, create green jobs in Southeast Michigan, and reduce residential energy consumption through weatherization improvements on residential homes.

In 2009 WARM co-founded Detroit GreenWorks Solutions as a part of the "Pathways Out of Poverty" program to expand this training program. The program was awarded $4 million in 2010 to train unemployed and underemployed residents in Southwest Detroit over the next two years. Over 150 students have graduated from the program so far with a 70% job placement rate and average wages of $14/hr.

Energy Demonstration Center

WARM is a state designated Michigan Energy Demonstration Center. As a demonstration center WARM provides tours to the public and incorporates new energy demonstrations into its building. In 2009 WARM installed the first rooftop wind turbine in the City of Detroit. This historic installation attracted Steve Thomas from the TV show Renovation Nation, who filmed the event for the Discovery Network Planet Green Channel. The episode aired in January 2009 and inspired other organizations to install renewable energy in Detroit.

2010 Michigan Green Leader

In 2010 the Detroit Free Press selected WARM as one of sixteen recipients of the first Michigan Green Leaders Award. WARM was honored for its demonstrated history of innovation, job creation, sustainable development, community advocacy, and commitment to energy conservation in Michigan. An independent panel of judges chose WARM from over 350 nominations. The judges' commented that "[WARM's] leadership is important because of its close affinity with small, fragile communities across Detroit. Where government has been tedious and bureaucratic, where private companies have been inconsistent and distant, WARM has been accessible and relevant."

History

WARM began in 1981 as a nonprofit organization training people in weatherization, construction, and energy conservation. (The acronym stood for Weatherization And Retrofit Maintenance), today we just use WARM. Over the years WARM's roots in energy conservation grew to encompass all aspects of sustainable development.