Monday, December 20, 2010

Community Conservation Challenge winners

We're a little late in posting this news to the blog, but in case you missed it, we wanted you to be aware that we announced the winners of the Community Conservation Challenge a few weeks back.  $400,000 was made available this year through federal funds our office administers, and four winners around the state were chosen.

The Central Indiana Community Foundation in Marion County will replace dated and inefficient windows in a former public school building that's being redeveloped as a community center.  This project is part of a $3.9 million planned investment for the building.

Habitat for Humanity of Evansville has partnered with the Glenwood Neighborhood Association, Crossroads Christian Church, and Vectren Corporation to create a collaborative program to assist 100 households within the Glenwood neighborhood in reducing their annual residential utility costs.

Our third recipient, the Indiana Interchurch Center, located in Marion County, will install an energy management system, add a 20-panel solar installation, paint the black roof with a white reflective coating, and create and host webinars for community partners interested in learning more about greening their own buildings.

Finally, the Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana, located in Delaware County, will upgrade the roof of its 53,000 square foot industrial building, which will increase energy efficiency and reduce energy costs for the food bank.  Second Harvest noted that for every $1 saved, they can provide six meals to those in need, and that they'll use the energy savings to underwrite approximately 34,000 lbs. of food each year!

These projects were chosen because of their energy conservation efforts, broad community support, and because of their visibility, to name a few factors.

All projects should all be completed by April 2011, so stay tuned as we highlight their successes!