Connecticut Environmental Jobs Created by Stimulus Funds
Posted on April 6, 2009
Gov. M. Jodi Rell recently announced that the State of Connecticut will receive $24 million in federal stimulus funds for energy efficiency projects at the state and local level. Of the $24 million, more than $15 million has been awarded directly to many municipalities. The $24 million is on top of an additional investment of $102.8 million for weatherization and other energy funding the state will receive through stimulus funding.
â€œThis is a wonderful opportunity for towns and cities to make investments that build on our long-term goals for a cleaner environment while creating jobs at the local level,â€ Rell said in a press release. â€œMunicipalities have the flexibility to use these grants for project that best suit their needs.â€
The funding is expected to support a variety of projects, including energy audits, retrofits, transportation programs that conserve energy, greenhouse gas reduction, development of energy-efficient building codes and geothermal building systems. Towns and cities also have the capability to create a financial incentive program for energy improvements.
Following on the path to more green jobs, Rell previously announced that the state has finalized a comprehensive list of regulations for the construction and renovation of state-owned buildings and public schools. The regulations will help create more green collar jobs and reduce the facilitiesâ€™ energy consumption and costs.
â€œWe are building a cleaner, greener future for all of Connecticut,â€ Rell said in a press release. â€œThese strict standards will lead to a new generation of energy efficient â€˜greenâ€™ buildings, and ultimately reduce our carbon footprint on the environment. Our children, grandchildren and generations beyond will benefit from the stewardship that we commit to today.â€