Senator Southerland announces Energy Efficient School grant for Hamblen County Schools

Contact:  Darlene Schlicher, 741-6336

(NASHVILLE, TN), February 23, 2010 – State Senator Steve Southerland (R-Morristown) announced today that Hamblen County Schools have been awarded $45,600 in grant initiative projects from Tennessee’s Energy Efficient Schools Initiative (EESI).  The grants will allow for the installation of energy efficient HVAC equipment at Russellville Intermediate School, Manley Elementary School, Union Heights Elementary School and Witt Elementary School.

“I am very pleased that several of our schools have access to grants that will improve energy efficiency,” said Senator Southerland. “This will assist in fostering a healthier and safe learning environment for our students, while saving the county money in energy costs.”

The General Assembly passed legislation in 2008 that implemented Tennessee’s Energy Efficient Schools Initiative, a move supported by Senator Southerland. The grants were to be awarded to school districts to assist the schools in becoming more energy efficient, resulting lower operating costs and creating a better learning environment for Tennessee students.

“Families, businesses, and governments are struggling right now as the economy has been dismal. This grant money will assist in improving energy efficiency, which in turn will save money in the future,” Southerland added.

For more information about the Energy Efficient Schools Initiative, please visit www.tn.gov/eesi.



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