Coming in from the cold

January 17, 2014 | Vince Moore

The CCC is housed in Furman's Shi Center for Sustainability.
The CCC is housed in Furman's Shi Center for Sustainability.
The CCC is housed in Furman's Shi Center for Sustainability.

Andy Wallin couldn’t remember the last time the Upstate had been so cold, referring to the recent polar vortex-laced temperatures that hit the United States. “The weather makes it worse because it makes your (heating) unit work harder,” he said. “So it’s not good for your home.” Wallin, who serves a program coordinator for Furman’s Community Conservation Corps (CCC), should know. He helps people make their homes more energy efficient, not just for the winter but year-round. The Greenville News reported on the work of the CCC, which is housed at Furman’s David E. Shi Center for Sustainability and offers free weatherization assistance for qualifying homeowners.

The CCC is a grant-funded program through the United Way of Greenville County’s Corps United Program, staffed by AmeriCorps members throughout the community with the mission of improving the financial stability throughout Greenville. The mission of the Community Conservation Corps is to reduce energy consumption and promote the financial stability of homeowners through weatherization, energy conservation, and education.  Read more about the CCC here.