"South Sound Personnel News for Wednesday, January 19, 2000"

“Weatherization RecognitionCindy Gorgas of Pierce County Community Action has received national recognition for her county and state weatherization leadership efforts. Nominated by the Washington State Department of Community, Trade & Economic Development, Gorgas was presented the U.S. Department of Energy’s 1999 National Weatherization Assistance Program Recognition Award.“Cindy has been an especially effective spokesperson for the advancements made in the program over the past eight years,” said Steve Payne, CTED’s managing director of the Housing Improvements and Preservation Unit.Advancements reportedly include new technology and approaches to whole-house weatherization, more efficient management methodologies, and expanded partnerships with utilities.In Washington’s weatherization service areas, utilities and community action agencies can find themselves on opposing sides of energy-related issues. In Pierce County, Gorgas’ work has reportedly helped make the relationship cooperative instead of confrontational.Wally Croshaw of Tacoma City Light said Gorgas has been instrumental in developing and fostering a close and productive relationship between the two agencies.“Cindy and her agency have been critical in efforts to help improve the efficiency, safety and livability of affordable housing in Pierce County,” Croshaw said.Gorgas, who was one of four Recognition Award winners in the U.S., joined Community Action’s weatherization program in 1980, was promoted to weatherization program technician in 1982 and to coordinator of the weatherization and energy assistance programs in 1987. She has served on the state’s advisory council, weatherization work group and regional conference planning committees.“Cindy has earned the respect of her peers as a leader.” Payne said. “She has the technical know-how, managerial skill, and political savvy to earn the respect of the state’s weatherization community.”Under Gorgas’ leadership, the weatherization program made improvements on 339 homes and the energy assistance program helped 3,011 households with their winter heating costs in 1999.“We are pleased that others have recognized the valuable efforts Cindy provides every year,” said Pierce County Executive Doug Sutherland.”