Reference Library

ECA has produced a number of energy saving guides with easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions and illustrations to help you save money and energy in your home. This work has helped improve the design of ECA’s energyconservation and housing preservation programs.  Independent evaluation of a number of ECA’s energy conservation programs has also refined our program design. These publications are freely available for download. If you’re interested in purchasing professional prints of our materials, please contact Gage Beemish by e-mail at or phone at 215-609-1439.

Designed to demonstrate the breadth of the industry and its critical occupations, as well as the necessity for high quality solar training in a variety of related fields, the Solar Career Map quickly became a popular tool for the USDOE SunShot Initiative and a model for other clean energy sectors.

How does climate change impact human health? Climate change threatens human health and wellbeing in many ways, including impacts from increased extreme weather events, wildfires, decreased air quality, threats to mental health, and illnesses transmitted by food, water, and disease-carriers such as mosquitoes and ticks. Some of these health impacts are already underway in the United States.
Buy Local, Buy Organic! Organic consumption is healthy for both you and the planet!
Grow your own food in your Urban Garden! The opportunities to grow your own food are nearly endless in the greater Philadelphia area. A successful garden depends on how much sun your plants receive and how much TLC you give your garden. The most important thing is to HAVE FUN and eat what you’ve grown! This is the healthiest food and you don’t even have to buy it!
Recycling provides raw materials to manufacturers and helps create green jobs, preserve natural resources, reduce energy consumption, and reduce GHGs. The accrued greenhouse gas reductions and energy savings from Philadelphia's curbside recycling efforts are equivalent to taking more than 60,000 cars off of our streets, and generating electricity for more than 40,000 homes for one year! Recycling helps make Philadelphia a cleaner, greener, and more sustainable city.
Transportation- Why does your choice in transportation matter? The EPA has found that greenhouse gas emissions from transportation account for 27% of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, making it the second largest contributor of U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions after electricity. The largest sources of transportation-related GHG emissions are cars and light-duty trucks, including SUVs, pickup trucks, and minivans.
Water Conservation Adds Up- Did you know that wasteful habits may cost you 100 gallons of water per person per day? The average American family wastes 8% of all home water use through leaks. Repairing these leaks and installing water conservation devices is a guaranteed way to save hundreds of dollars per year.
Stormwater Management- Convert Stormwater into a Resource Philadelphia, like most older cities, has a combined storm and sewer system. In order to comply with the Clean Water Act, Philadelphia has adopted the most ambitious stormwater management plan in the nation: “Green City, Clean Waters.” Through this plan, the city is changing our urban habitat so that it may act more like the natural environment it once was.