Happy St. Patrick’s Day! As cities dye rivers green and adults enjoy green beverages, we at TheGrantHelpers.com also can’t stop thinking about the color green--specifically, going green and taking the burden off of the environment. Municipalities can use green initiatives to save money on everything from transportation to heating and cooling costs. Schools can use recycling programs, energy efficiency programs and bike-to-school days to educate students about going green. Additionally, there are non-profit organizations whose sole goal is to create awareness and establish programs that protect the environment and natural resources. We have found several grants to help cities, schools, and non-profits fund these important projects.
In 2010, the City Council of Asheville, North Carolina adopted a goal of reducing its carbon footprint by 20% over five years. They adopted a broad range of initiatives with the largest project replacing all 9,000 of the city’s street lights with energy efficient LED fixtures. Of the 17 environmental projects totaling over $10 million in project costs, over half were funded through grants. . For example, the community used funding from The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program from the U.S. Department Energy for phase one of the street light project. The grants totaled over $4 million, 42% of the city’s total costs In the end, the community is expecting to save over 2,000 tons of carbon dioxide just by changing the street lights. Additionally, the environmental projects will also save the city millions of dollars in energy reduction.
(written by Carol Timms, Educational Grant Strategist)