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September 04, 2009

Governor Announces 14 Climate Change Grants

Montpelier, Vt. – Governor Jim Douglas today announced that another 14 energy efficiency projects have been selected to receive almost $150,000 in funding from the Vermont Community Climate Change Grant Program.

“It’s inspiring to see such strong grass-roots interest in energy efficiency and for doing Vermont’s part to combat climate change,” the Governor said. “From Shrewsbury to Strafford, Vermonters are making improvements that will not only keep CO2 out of the air, but will also save individuals and taxpayers money.”

All told, these projects will reduce about 100 tons of greenhouse emissions – the equivalent of taking 16 cars off the road or not burning more than 10,000 galloons of gas, the Governor said.

In one project, Harwood Union High School is teaming up with Freeaire Refrigeration Systems of Warren to significantly reduce the cost and energy needed for the cafeteria’s refrigerators.

Freeaire taps into the greatest source of refrigeration ever created: winter. It uses cold outside air to cool a space, simply by using what nature has so kindly made available, to give the entire compressor system a winter vacation. The high school expects to reduce CO2 emissions by 10.5 tons per year.

Other projects include:

Village of Essex Junction: $11,000 for a methane gas recapture system for the wastewater facility, which will provide heat and hot water for the facility. Annual emissions reduction – 9.5 tons.

Town of Shrewsbury: $10,832 to upgrade and weatherize the town office and emergency shelter. Annual emissions reduction – 7 tons.

Town of South Hero: $9,684 to replace the heating system, upgrade lighting and replace exterior doors at the town office building. Annual emissions reduction – 6.5 tons.

Town of Underhill: $12,000 seal and insulate the town hall. Annual emissions reduction – 11.5 tons.

Plainfield Fire & Rescue: $12,000 to weatherize the 1854 squad building. Annual emissions reduction – 10 tons.

Lamoille Union School District: $12,000 to install photovoltaic panels to power the storage garage for the cross country trails. Career center students will build the structure and net metering will generate credits for the campus. Annual emissions reduction – 2 tons.

Richford Town School District: $12,000 to replace lighting at the high school gym. Annual emissions reduction – 16 tons.

Yestermorrow Design/Build School of Warren: $11,850 to install a solar hot water system and create a demonstration project. Annual emissions reduction – 3 tons.

Leicester School District: $8204 for lighting upgrades. Annual emissions reduction – 4 tons.

Town of Moretown: $12,000 for weatherization and lighting upgrades at the town hall. Annual emissions reduction – 6 tons.

Town of Waitsfield: $6515 to insulate and weatherize the Joslin Library. Annual emissions reduction – 6.5 tons.

Worcester Historical Society: $9753 to weatherize and insulate the building. Annual emissions reduction – 2.5 tons.

United Church of Strafford: $11,810 to install energy efficient lighting and weatherize the parish hall, including “the Ark,” an outdoor playground structure which doubles as a mini-stage for performances. Annual emissions reduction – 4.5 tons.

Source: Office of the Governor
Last Updated at: September 04, 2009 14:15:50