A Tribute to Lydia Gill Polley

Winter 2017
A version of this article appears in the Winter 2017 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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December 04, 2017
Lydia Gill Polley was a gentle but forthright giant in the wonderful world of energy education and staff development training. Lydia graduated with a midlife BA in adult education (1978) and in 1983 wrote and produced a series of how-to video programs for the Oklahoma Department of Economic and Community Affairs, with such hit titles as Saving Energy and Money Too, and The Cooling of Summer Heat. She described them as “practical and relevant for moderate- to low-income people—and nonracist, nonsexist, and nonpatronizing.” She never wavered from those standards. In modern parlance, these video programs, accompanying resource packets, and facilitator training went viral, and the next 30 years found her spreading her results-oriented approach at all levels.

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