Over the past five years, the Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP) has worked with the City of Iowa City, Johnson County, area Rotary Clubs, and individuals to make the emergency shelter more energy efficient. Addressing the needs of an aging building DVIP has updated refrigerators, freezers, and lighting fixtures, added solar panels, and most recently replaced windows. DVIP has worked with its contractors to ensure the enhancements were environmentally friendly and had the highest energy star zones available within their budget.
In the winter of 2022 in partnership with Johnson County DVIP was able to replace 6 windows manufactured with a U value of .27, the lowest possible rate currently available from the Energy Star Northern Zone.
While discussing energy efficiency doesn’t seem directly related to supporting victim-survivors DVIP supporters and staff know that the more efficient we are the more funds can be diverted to victim-survivors for vital resources like housing assistance, transportation, and advocacy.