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.
The Fourth of July conjures thoughts of backyard barbeques, complete with all things as American as apple pie: hot dogs, potato chips, corn on the cob, s’mores, soda pop, and more. In the spirit of celebrating the United States’ Independence Day, TheGrantHelpers.com has put together a blog that highlights a select few foundations of the U.S.’s largest household names. Enjoy, and have a safe and happy Fourth of July!