January 19 meeting at Antioch to provide information on recovery/stimulus funds available to local communities

Contact: Jan Fiderio at 603.283.2107

January 14, 2010 for Immediate Release

January 19 meeting at Antioch to provide information on recovery/stimulus funds available to local communities

ANEI to host information session sponsored by the New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning (OEP)

Antioch New England Institute (ANEI), a consulting and community outreach department of Antioch University New England, will be hosting an information session for local community officials regarding energy efficiency and conservation recovery/stimulus funds available to area towns.

The information session is sponsored by the State of New Hampshire’s Office and Energy Planning (OEP). Through the OEP, New Hampshire will be distributing $6.6 million in state recovery funds through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program. TRC Energy Services has been hired to administer the grant program in New Hampshire.
The grants are designed to help local governments do energy conservation work in town facilities, vehicles, or transportation fleets. Projects of up to $400,000 will be considered. The deadline for communities to apply for a grant is Feb 15. State grants will be awarded on March 10.

The January 19 meeting will be held in the Antioch University New England community room at 40 Avon Street in Keene. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. and is cohosted by Cool Monadnock, a three-year joint initiative between Clean Air-Cool Planet, Antioch New England Institute, and the Southwest Regional Planning Commission. Cool Monadnock is helping the thirty-five towns in the South West Regional Planning Commission area find and promote solutions to reduce energy and greenhouse gas emissions.

Through the Cool Monadnock program, a number of Antioch University New England students and graduates have been helping local communities complete baseline energy inventories on town buildings. Several towns have gone a step further and have conducted professional building audits and streetlight inventories. These efforts to measure energy use and inefficiencies can now be used to show project readiness for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block grant proposals. Support from Cool Monadnock volunteers will be available to area communities through 2010.

For more information about this meeting please contact Sarah Harpster at sharpster@cleanair-coolplanet.org or James Gruber at jgruber@antioch.edu

According to Cool Monadnock research, the Monadnock Region spends $350 million per year on energy in local buildings and transportation needs. The group estimates that the thirty-five towns in the planning commission area could reduce energy consumption by 30 percent saving $105 million using simple no cost conservation measures. Details on this data and resources for communities is available at: http://www.antiochne.edu/anei/programs/coolmonadnock/

About Antioch University New England (AUNE)
This is Antioch University New England’s forty-sixth year as an institution of higher education. Located in Keene, New Hampshire, AUNE offers rigorous, practice-oriented, values-based master’s, doctoral, and certificate programs to more than one thousand students. Degrees in education, leadership and management, environmental studies, and psychology reflect a dedication to activism, social justice, community service, and sustainability. Antioch University New England is the oldest and largest of Antioch University’s graduate campuses. For more information about Antioch University New England visit our web site at: www.antiochne.edu.

About Antioch University
Antioch University, a visionary academic community composed of five campuses in four states, is uniquely capable of bringing its students’ brightest ideals and highest ambitions to life. Each campus has its own distinct academic programs, community life, and regional or national identity. Antioch University is founded on principles of rigorous liberal arts education, innovative experiential learning and socially engaged citizenship. The multiple campuses of the University nurture in their students the knowledge, skills and habits of reflection to excel as lifelong learners, democratic leaders, and global citizens who live lives of meaning and purpose. For more information visit: www.antioch.edu.