WESTPORT, Conn. -- The town of Westport has received a $10,000 grant to expand its energy efficient practices.
The town is among 35 municipalities receiving grants from Clean Energy Communities. State Rep. Jonathan Steinberg (D-Westport) joined other town leaders to accept the “Bright Idea” grant from Clean Energy Communities, a program administered through Energize Connecticut.
“Westport has been recognized once again for its leadership in pursuing energy efficiency/environmental conservation initiatives. Today's grant is simply one more example of our community's commitment to reducing its carbon footprint and improving quality of life.” said Steinberg.
From January 2010 to August 2013, Westport saved 4,549,933 kilowatt hours of electricity and 72,047 centum cubic feet of natural gas. The avoided emissions removed 2,621 tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere or the equivalent of taking 457 cars off the road for one year.
Westport qualified for the grant by raising $3,708 for Westport Warm Up Fund by recruiting homes for the program, high-efficiency lighting at the fire and police stations and Town Municipal Center, more than 1,500 homes (15 percent of the community) participated in residential programs and 78 businesses and municipal energy saving projects completed.