BALTIMORE — U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) was joined by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Baltimore City Department of General Services (DGS) Director Ted Atwood today to announce the latest recipients of Baltimore City’s Community Energy Savers Grant program. Also on hand for the event were City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young, Councilwoman Sharon Green Middleton, and Beth Strommen of the Office of Sustainability. The grant program, which was funded by federal stimulus funds, supported dozens of energy-saving and sustainability efforts by nonprofit organizations in the city.
“The Community Energy Savers Grant program has made it possible for community groups and the nonprofit community to provide Baltimore City residents with the resources that are needed to help reduce their energy use and save money on utility bills,” said Senator Cardin. “These grants have helped support the Baltimore Sustainability Plan, which is working to significantly reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas pollution by 2015.”
“I want to thank Senator Cardin for working in Washington to bring vital federal resources to help nonprofits throughout Baltimore run more efficiently,” said Mayor Rawlings-Blake. “Learning to save energy is a valuable tool for sustainable living. These grants allow our nonprofits to repurpose energy dollars saved to better accomplish their missions to the benefit of Baltimore’s citizens.”
A total of $1.25 million is being distributed to nonprofits through Community Energy Savers Grants for energy audits, energy retrofits and upgrades, and for energy awareness and education. The City created the program from an Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant (EECBG), an ARRA stimulus grant that DGS received in 2009. During the first round of grants, $706,000 was awarded to nonprofits; in this round $550,000 will be awarded. Nonprofits receiving grants in the energy audit and energy education and awareness categories have been named. Those receiving energy retrofits and upgrades had a later application deadline. Subsequently, those grantees will be named next month.
2011 Grant Recipients:
- Baltimore Museum of Industry, Inc.
- C.A.R.E. Community Association, Inc.
- Centro de la Comunidad, Inc.
- Civic Works, Inc.
- Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning, Inc.
- Episcopal Housing Corporation
- Independent Dialysis Foundation, Inc.
- Lutheran Center Corporation
- Oyo Traditions, Inc.
- Park Heights Renaissance
- Project Garrison, Inc.
- Prosperity Pail Ministry Works, Inc.
- U.S. Green Building Council Maryland Chapter, Inc.
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