FLOWS serves primarily low-income communities with energy and water conservation upgrades and information. FLOWS visits are designed to increase community member's leadership capacity, and lower residents' energy and water bills and environmental impacts at the same time, a solution to both social justice and environmental issues.
Green jobs training
FLOWS leaders are CU staff and community members working together. Their training involves intercultural discussions about divers sustainable traditions and climate justice. FLOWS leaders discuss a wide range of sustainable lifestyle behaviors, emphasizing the nexus between water, energy use, and social justice. FLOWS leaders receive trainings and stipends for their work.
During the visits
FLOWS provides free water and energy upgrades to low-income Boulder residents. During the visits, FLOWS technicians provide sustainability information and advise residents in making sustainable, equitable shifts in their daily habits. Energy and water saving devices such as LED light bulbs, faucet aerators, and low-flow showerheads are provided and installed free of charge to residents (modeled after the ECO-Visits program).
FLOWS partners with Boulder Housing Partners, which provides much-needed affordable housing throughout Boulder. Together we work to make FLOWS a viable program that can be replicated elsewhere and will measure the impacts of the program.