The Greenest Town in America

Posted by Trish Riley, April 19, 2009

Greensburg, Kansas wants to be the greenest town in America…and they’re on the right track to get there. But they don’t have a solar feed-in-tariff plan…yet. Read what they do have:

PARADE Magazine | The Greenest Town in America.

The article also offers resources for the rest of us on how to access funds for making our own homes greener:

Get Help To Go Green
As part of its economic-stimulus program, the federal government has allocated more than $5 billion to help Americans make their homes more energy-efficient.
► If you have an annual household income of less than $44,100 (for a family of four), you may qualify for up to $6500 in improvements through the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Weatherization Assistance Program.
► The DOE’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants Program is awarding an additional $3.2 billion to state, county, and city governments to parcel out for local projects that improve the energy efficiency of residential and commercial buildings.

Online Resources
►  Greensburg GreenTown: Nonprofit organization promoting Greensburg’s eco-friendly rebuilding initiative. Regularly updated blog tracks progress of projects all over the city.
►  City of Greensburg: Greensburg’s official website. Links to various municipal agencies, as well as official information on the city’s rebuilding plan.
►  U.S. Green Building Council: Nation’s leading organization for the development of green construction standards and the certification of green building products and techniques.
►  Planet Green: The Planet Green cable network is chronicling the rebuilding of Greensburg. Season Two of “ Greensburg” premieres Sunday, May 3, at 9 p.m. ET.

To find out if you qualify for weatherization assistance, based on household income, contact:

Central Florida Community Action Agency, Inc.
Mailing Address: Post Office Box 1503 LIHEAP # for Clients: 373-7667
Gainesville, Florida 32602-1503 Admin.-378-5892
Street Address: 2606 N.W. 6th Street
Gainesville, Florida 32609
Executive Director: Mr. Robert Wilford
Comptroller: Ms. Monique Harrison
WAP Coordinator: Mr. Mark Taylor
Phone: (352) 373-9805
FAX: (352) 378-2168
Counties Served: Alachua, Levy, and Marion

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