Up to ninety cents of every dollar the Tribes spend on energy leaves immediately- lost forever to all of the economic leverage and benefits this money could create within tribal communities. Reservations deeply need to preserve their scarce financial assets, and having these disappear to distant corporations and foreign lands due to poorly insulated buildings presents a major energy and fund wasting problem.
Intertribal COUP and partners are working to convert these energy problems into solid opportunities to build tribal energy independence and greater economic strength. Our solutions include creating new energy efficient structures built with locally grown and produced straw bale construction materials. These new structures are built by Tribal College faculty and students through a 'Train the Trainer' program teaching specific straw bale building skills and techniques.
Intertribal COUP is also building capacity for energy audits and retro-fits of structures that waste energy and deplete community assets.