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.


Urban Heat Island Research and Resources

American Society of Landscape Architects Produces Video on Impact of Trees on Urban Temperatures and Pollution
The American Society of Landscape Architects has developed an educational video that illustrates how increasing tree canopy in cities can fight both urban heat and poor air quality.
To learn more and to watch the video, visit the American Society of Landscape Architects website.

Energy, Weatherization


How Much Does Energy Efficiency Cost?: read more here

Energy Efficiency Lowers the Cost of Clean Power Plan Compliance: read more here

Saving Energy Helps American Families: read more here


The Urban Heat Island Newsroom provides current news and links to news releases related to urban heat island impacts, mitigation strategies, and community initiatives. Recent news updates include:
• ENERGY STAR Certified Cool Roofing Products Must be Recertified Before July 1, 2017. All ENERGY STAR certified cool roofing products must be recertified to Version 3.0 before July 1, 2017 in order to remain on ENERGY STAR’s Qualified Products List.


The Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association has made its Reflective Roof Rebates Database, originally created exclusively for use by the association’s members, available to the public. The database allows users to search for available reflective roof incentives across the United States, and includes a list of rebates, loans, grants, and tax credits for reflective roof coatings applied to low-slope and steep-slope roofs. It includes detailed information on eligibility, links to supporting documents, key program contacts, and online applications to apply for rebates.


Philadelphia's Kenney Administration has released their Transition Report, and ECA is overjoyed to see such goals as 80% GHG reduction by 2050, LED streetlights, and investing in energy efficiency training.

We look forward to seeing these sustainability goals become a reality of the cleaner, greener Philadelphia. 



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.

Sustainable Practices
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.
Sustainable Practices
Buy Local, Buy Organic! Organic consumption is healthy for both you and the planet!