Metro was awarded a $250,000 grant, which could become an additional $6 million, from the U.S. Department of Energy, Mayor Karl Dean’s office announced on Thursday.
The grant was from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program.
Funding will go toward paying the salary for one year of a full-time energy manager, who will work in the Metro General Services Department. The new energy manager will work with consultants to develop an energy conservation strategy for Metro.
Once the energy conservation plan is completed, Metro will be eligible for an additional $6 million, the mayor’s office said. The energy plan will incorporate several recommendations from the already completed Green Ribbon Committee’s report on sustainable energy.
“Sustainable practices tend to save money in the long run, but the initial investments, especially in energy efficiency of buildings and operations, can be a barrier,” Dean said. “The federal government has recognized this and has made significant funds available to entities, like Metro, that want to reduce energy use and emissions.
“This grant will allow us to map a course to not only fulfill a number of Green Ribbon recommendations, but to meet our goal of becoming a leading city in sustainable practices.”