HPBA's Government Affairs Department is constantly promoting the industry through a rich variety of projects. Whether through the legislative process or our grassroots advocacy work, we work hard to get our members' voices heard.
The Libby, Montana changeout replaced or repaired 1,130 old, polluting stoves with new wood, pellet, gas or electric heating appliances. HPBA, its member companies, EPA and other Montana partners provided direct grants, equipment donations and in-kind support worth more than $2.5 million to finance the program.
Based on preliminary data, Libby residents are now breathing significantly cleaner air both outdoors and inside their homes. Average wintertime fine particulate levels in the outdoor air decreased by 28% in 2007 -- the first year following completion of the changeouts. The results are even more dramatic for indoor air quality with initial research by the University of Montana finding the air 72% cleaner inside homes with new, EPA certified stoves.
Today, several changeouts are occurring all over North America.
This event is organized by HPBA's Government Affairs Department and taught by staff, Government Affairs Committee members, and outside consultants.Our members and Affiliate staff from all over the United States travel to Washington D.C. for a crash course in grassroots advocacy, lobbying and to learn the nuances of our industry. Our instructors teach attendees how to interact with elected officials to press our industry agenda forward. We give you the tools to start your very own grassroots advocacy campaign!