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Fayetteville Celebrates Successful Energy Efficient Projects Friday December 9


Local non-profits benefit from $220,000 in energy efficiency grants.

The City of Fayetteville invites everyone to attend a ribbon-cutting celebration for three energy efficiency projects that were created by the Fayetteville City Council and paid for through federal grant funding.  This celebration will be held in the auditorium at Mount Sequoyah Retreat Center on Friday, December 9, 2011, at 1:00 p.m.  City of Fayetteville Director of Strategic Planning and Sustainability John Coleman will kick off the event with a welcome and information about these grant projects. 


Mayor Lioneld Jordan, who spearheaded increased training in energy efficiency jobs through the creation of the Center for Excellence in Fayetteville, will make a presentation, followed by Treadwell Institute Executive Director and past Chair of the Fayetteville Forward Green Economy Action Group Mikel Lolley, Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce President Steve Clark, Fayetteville Botanical Garden Director Ron Cox, and Mount Sequoyah Board of Directors member Lamar Pettus.  Fayetteville City Council members will be recognized and honored for their establishment of this energy efficiency grant program in Fayetteville, and Fayetteville’s delegation to the Arkansas General Assembly will be recognized and honored for their advocacy for affordable energy efficiency.  A brief tour of the energy improvements achieved at Mount Sequoyah will be held after the short presentations.


The City of Fayetteville used $220,000 of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant funds to develop a revolving loan fund (RLF) targeting energy efficiency benefits to non-profit organizations in the Fayetteville community. The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce, and Mount Sequoyah Retreat Center applied and were awarded loans to fund energy efficiency improvements on five buildings.


The projects included heating and air conditioning replacement, energy efficient lighting, insulation, windows, doors and an Energy Star roof replacement. The work was performed by local contractors and all products were made in America. The utility savings from each project will assist in the repayment of the loan to the City of Fayetteville.