Senator Southerland announces Energy Efficient School grant for Newport Schools

(NASHVILLE, TN), February 9, 2010 – State Senator Steve Southerland (R-Morristown) announced today that Newport City Schools have been awarded $5,000 in a grant from Tennessee’s Energy Efficient Schools Initiative to install energy efficient HVAC equipment at Newport Grammar School.  The move leaves Newport City Schools with a balance of $11,300 for future energy efficient projects from the state’s Energy Efficient Schools Initiative.

“I am pleased that Newport has access to grants that will improve energy efficiency in our schools,” said Senator Southerland. “This will assist in fostering a healthier and safe learning environment for our students, and I am glad to see that we are taking advantage of technology to do so.”

The General Assembly passed legislation in 2008 that implemented Tennessee’s Energy Efficient Schools Initiative. 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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