Senator Tracy announces Energy Efficient School grant for 2 Rutherford County Schools

(NASHVILLE, TN), August 16, 2010 – Local State Senator Jim Tracy announced today that Rutherford County has been awarded $23,655 in grant incentive funds from Tennessee’s Energy Efficient Schools Initiative.  The funds will be used to install energy efficient lighting at Oakland Middle School and Whitworth-Buchanan Middle School.

“This grant is especially needed this year as the extreme weather has put a strain on our school budgets to keep up with utility costs,” said Senator Tracy.  “The funds will help us be ready for any future needs like this by improving energy efficiency in our schools.”

The General Assembly is recognized for the legislation that is assisting all school districts to become more energy efficient, resulting in lower operating costs and creating a healthier and safer learning environment.  The Initiative is also retaining and creating jobs in Tennessee, both in the manufacturing sector in Tennessee as well as equipment vendors, contract labor for equipment installation, local equipment sales, etc.

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

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