2006: NEAT

“Energy Costs in the North End: The Rise in Utilities and its Effect on a Low-Income Community”

for North End Action Team and Jonah Center for Earth and Art

by Andrew Aprile, Makenna Goodman, Kalia Lydgate, and Lirra Schiebler


The Wesleyan research team was commissioned by the North End Action Team (NEAT) and the Jonah Center to do an energy assessment of the North End neighborhood in Middletown, CT. The North End is, in fact, comprised of a few sub-neighborhoods characterized by different income levels. The organizations we worked with were interested in what problems North End residents encountered in the area of energy and utilities, and what could be done about these problems.  The main goals to be achieved from this research were economic savings for North End residents, an evaluation of energy programs and assistance opportunities for those eligible, an assessment of interest and support for the Jonah Center’s initial programs in the areas of environmental education and conservation, and further communication between North End residents and NEAT.