green|spaces is excited to partner with the City of Chattanooga Department of Economic & Community Development to expand the work of their Empower Chattanooga program. Over the past two years, the organization has provide educational classes to over 1000 renters and homeowners teaching simple low and no cost ways to lower their utility bills.
This Spring, the Empower program will fund 12 community projects up $1000 each to help residents implement community energy efficiency ideas. “Residents have amazing ideas on ways they can help solve the issue of high utility bills in their neighborhoods," stated Sam Fulbright, Empower Coordinator. "The idea of the grant program was inspired by “Project Porch Light”. A resident in the Highland Park neighborhood wanted to reduce crime activity and thought that by giving people a free LED light bulb, they would be able to keep their porch light on all night with adding just $1 annually to their utility bill.” The residents went door to door to hand out the light bulbs while also giving out information on other low cost energy efficiency tips and upcoming Empower workshops. To date over 125 residents have signed up to participate in Project Porch Light with a second round planned for this Spring.
Grant applications will open March 6th and will be due April 10th, 5pm. Applicants must reside in the 37406, 37404, 37407 and 37410 zip codes and can be an individual or part of a neighborhood association. Grant winners will be announced at the end of April at the Jen Lewin “The Pool” art installations. Those selected will be connected with a mentor from EPB and additional resources to help them complete their project by November 2017.
Applications will be based on the following criteria:
- How well does the project educate or achieve energy efficiency?
- How many people will be impacted by the project?
- Can the project be replicated in other neighborhoods?
- Does this project address any other community issues ie safety, blight, health?
- March 6, 2017 – Grant Applications Open
- April 10, 2017 – Grant Applications Close
- April 21, 2017 – 37406 Zip Code Winners Announced at The Pool Exhibit Opening at old Harriet Tubman Site
- April 25, 2017 – 37404 Zip Code Winners Announced at The Pool Exhibit Opening
- Opening at Highland Park Commons
- April 28, 2017 – 37407 & 37410 Zip Code Winners Announced at The Pool Exhibit Opening at East Lake Park
- May 1, 2017 – Winners Matched with EPB Mentor
- November 1, 2017 – All Projects must be complete