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March 30, 2011 18:47 ET

Charles Segerstrom Honored With 2011 ACI Leadership Award at Opening Plenary of the National Home Performance Conference

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA--(Marketwire - March 30, 2011) - Affordable Comfort, Inc. (ACI), the nation's leading educational resource for home performance and weatherization, was pleased to honor Charles Segerstrom, Manager, Education Centers for Pacific Gas and Electric Company with the 2011 ACI Leadership Award. The award was presented as part of the opening plenary at the National Home Performance Conference in San Francisco, CA, on March 30.

"As we celebrate ACI's 25th anniversary at the center of home performance and weatherization, it seems appropriate that we recognize Charles with this award. He has been a driving force behind quality training and workforce development in the home performance and weatherization field for decades," says Amy Fazio, Executive Director of ACI. "He is known for his calmness, kindness, patience and passion for promoting energy efficiency and more responsible ways to use energy. His service to the industry, including as a volunteer with our organization, has been outstanding. He has made a big impact on the success we have enjoyed over all these years."

Segerstrom is the manager of three energy centers focused on integrated demand side management for PG&E in northern California. He has thirty years of experience with training, program development, technical consultation, and energy center management. He is also responsible for workforce education and training for green jobs. He is currently President of the Board of Directors of ACI.

"Charles Segerstrom has spent the past three decades at Pacific Gas and Electric Company committed to providing training to the home improvement industry in northern California. He is probably responsible for providing more 'Green Job' training than anyone else the nation. With our low-income program alone, his students have weatherized over a million homes for low-income families," says Duane Larson, Director of Energy Solutions at PG&E.

The ACI Leadership Award recognizes individuals who provide vision and mentorship within the home performance and weatherization industry. Winners boast an unparalleled passion for improving the energy efficiency, durability, comfort, health and safety of homes.

"Charles has been a strong and consistent force, advocating for a holistic approach that includes combustion safety within California's residential energy efficiency programs," says ACI's Director of Deep Energy Reduction Initiatives, Linda Wigington. "I am proud to be able to call him a colleague in the mission to achieve meaningful change in residential energy efficiency."

The National Home Performance Conference opening plenary also featured a keynote address from California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, as well as the announcement of A. Tamasin Sterner of Pure Energy Coach LLC as the 2011 recipient of the Tony Woods Award for Excellence in Advancing the Home Performance Industry and the induction of Courtney Moriarta of WellHome, Hap Haven of US Green Home® and Stephen Cowell of Conservation Services Group into the Building Performance Hall of Fame.

The ACI National Home Performance Conference, taking place March 29 to April 1, 2011, will offer 144 core conference sessions for contractors, builders, energy auditors, remodelers, designers and weatherization professionals, and will connect individuals looking to start or advance their careers in the home performance and weatherization industry with leading trainers and subject-matter experts from across the country.

Special events at the 2011 National Home Performance Conference include the Score This Job competition in which energy auditors will compete to create the best energy remodel solution for a real local San Francisco home, a pre-conference hands-on special session on diagnosing performance problems in big buildings, and the 25 Years – 25 Stories retrospective highlighting industry pioneers.

Members of the media are encouraged to attend the conference. To request credentials for the event, please contact Stephanie Inglis at

For more information on the ACI National Home Performance Conference 2011, visit

About Affordable Comfort, Inc.

Founded in 1986, Affordable Comfort, Inc. (ACI) is a not-for-profit organization that has become the go-to resource for information, education and best-practices in the home performance and weatherization industry. ACI recently expanded to new headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA, while also maintaining its original offices in Waynesburg, PA.

ACI national and regional events provide the forum for thought leadership, bringing together the best and the brightest—and the eager to learn—to solve technical problems, exchange new techniques, source new tools and materials and build the momentum of this fast-growing industry. For more information, visit

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