Group will use federal money to increase home energy efficiencyA Wisconsin conservation group has been awarded a quarter million in federal stimulus dollars to increase the energy efficiency of homes and boost its job market.
By: Kirk Carapezza, Wisconsin Public Radio, Superior Telegram
A Wisconsin conservation group has been awarded a quarter million in federal stimulus dollars to increase the energy efficiency of homes and boost its job market.
The Department of Energy has selected the Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation to receive $250,000 to improve green jobs training. The funds will help the Madison-based corporation train more local workers in energy efficient retrofitting and weatherization of homes.
Chris Schultz-Buechner is a director at the Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation. She says in addition to helping homeowners make their homes more energy efficient, the project will educate construction workers and general contractors on the latest green technology.
The corporation plans to use its funds to make educational videos and also buy a weatherization training truck that will travel throughout the state, reaching an estimated 600 people a year. Wisconsin’s program will also focus heavily on helping limited income residents weatherize their homes.
This project is part of a national effort that’ll invest $29 million in 34 projects across 27 states.