Residential energy-efficiency is hard stuff. One of the things that keeps me pluggin’ away at it is the great people I get to work with. A few weeks ago (right before I disappeared into the Grand Canyon for a couple of weeks), I had the pleasure of working with 35 industry colleagues at a forum in Las Vegas for an intense couple of days exploring some of the things needs to scale home performance in the market. There was tremendous energy in the discussions, and I’ll be one of several sharing ideas and actions following out of those conversations very soon. For now, let me just say I was impressed by the folks in the room, the insights shared and the informative arguments made.
I looked in the mirror this morning and saw a lot more gray hair than I had a couple of years ago. (Yes, you all noticed my gray hair long ago.) I’m probably on the cusp of moving over to the old guard. What’s exciting is to see some of the fresh faces, fresh ideas, and bountiful energy of new folks entering the industry. And to see it representing a more diverse set of perspectives and talents than we’ve brought to bear on fixing homes in the past: broader backgrounds, more women. We’ve still got a long way to go mining the talent pool in a lot of communities, but we’ve moving in the right direction.
I’ve learned a lot from the ancients and from my peers. Now I’m learning more from the newcomers. And that gives me hope that we can tackle this thing. We’ve got a long way to go, and a short time to get there. But we can do it.