In other Exciting News! Every year NASCSP takes time to recognize select members that go above and beyond the call of duty to make outstanding contributions to the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) and the low-income people they serve. They honor this recognition by providing the recipient with the James Gardner Service Award . The James “Jim” Gardner Service Award was established to recognize achievement at the national, State, or local level that makes a positive impact on the WAP community through either policy, technological, or programmatic contributions. Recipients of the award have each played a key role in the planning and design of new initiatives, and have demonstrated dedication and commitment to their constituency as leaders and advocates for WAP. During his years at the Department of Energy (DOE) , Jim Gardner’s openness and approachability, honesty and integrity, quiet strength, vast knowledge, and grace under pressure embodied the best that government can be. This year EOW’s very own John Davies from The Opportunity Council located in the state of Washington graciously accepted the award for being a pioneer of the Weatherization Plus Health Initiative . He has been working with federal funds from EPA and HUD since the mid-1990s and early 2000s to create one of the first Healthy Homes Pilots in the State of Washington. John Davies is a senior trainer for and Director of the Building Performance Center a Department of The Opportunity Council. John’s career in building weatherization began in 1986; since then, he has held positions of energy education coordinator, project coordinator and production manager for low-income weatherization programs in Minnesota and Washington. To find out more about John Davies and The Building Performance Center please visit the following link: Building Performance Center – John Davies. You may have attended some of John’s sessions at past conferences. If not be sure to catch him this year teaching a Monday and Tuesday Tutorial: Healthy Homes Essentials Part 1 and 2 as well as a Friday session on Healthy Homes.