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<< Back to: Member News: ICLEI e-News | issue 8, June - July 2007

Minneapolis providing grants to reduce energy use

June 26, 2007

Minneapolis (Minnesota, U.S.A.) is providing 20 $US 1,000 grants to grass-roots groups for energy reduction activities.

The grants can be used for energy-saving materials and supplies as well as printing, distribution, salaries and other outreach expenses, including programs to educate non-English speakers about ways to save energy.

Speaking about the program, the city’s Manager of Sustainability, Ms Gayle Prest, said that, “The best way to make meaningful change is for citizens to educate their neighbour, so the grants will be available to organizations such as neighbourhood associations, churches, business groups, schools, libraries, park and recreation centres, and other non-profit organizations.”

She said that she hopes that groups will submit ideas that haven’t been tried before or think of new ways to get energy-efficient thermostats, low-flow showerheads and compact fluorescent lights into more homes, apartments and businesses.

Five similar grants of up to $US 10,000 each will be available for larger projects.

Fossil-fuel based power are a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. Green power from renewable energy sources emit no or low greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants. Green power can include electricity generated exclusively from renewable resources including wind, hydro-electric or solar power – or electricity produced from a combination of fossil and renewable resources. For more information on the generation and use of green power at the local level, please visit www.iclei.org/ccp.

Minneapolis is one of 167 local governments in the U.S.A. that are currently Members of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability. For more information on ICLEI and its activities in the U.S.A., please visit www.iclei.org/usa.

Source:  “Minneapolis puts its money behind efforts to fight climate change”, Star Tribune, 4 June 2007.

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