December 27, 2010 – (RealEstateRama) — The Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth’s (DELEG) Bureau of Energy Services Director Amy Butler, today announced that DELEG is awarding five different grants $15,000 each for Home Seminars and Tours projects. Home Seminars and Tours projects provide hands on examples for citizens on how to make homes more energy efficient.
“The Home Seminars and Tours program is a targeted educational program that uses real-world examples on how to make homes energy efficient,” said Amy Butler, Director of the Bureau of Energy Systems. “These projects will provide resources for citizens to learn how to cut their energy costs at home and ultimately, reduce Michigan’s carbon footprint. ”
Additionally, DELEG designated two new energy demonstration centers to complement the existing eight. The new designees are the Clean Energy Coalition in Ypsilanti and the Grand Valley State University Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center in Muskegon. “The Energy Demonstration Centers are a vital part of the energy infrastructure promoting energy solutions in Michigan” said Amy Butler.
Energy Demonstration Centers and Home Seminar and Tour projects demonstrate how to be energy efficient and utilize renewable energy through exhibits and/or examples of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. The different organizations’ educational efforts include information about the environmental and economic benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy and the various opportunities available to the public. The primary target audiences for the tours and centers include homeowners, renters, school children, homebuilders, and/or college students.
DELEG awarded the following five projects:
- WARM Training Center, $15,000: WARM Training Center has been working in the Detroit area on issues related to sustainable community development for 25 years. WARM promotes the development of resource efficient, affordable and healthy homes and communities through education, training, and technical assistance.
- Michigan Energy Options – East Lansing and Marquette, $15,000 to each office: Michigan Energy Options is a non-profit focused on promoting and implementing quality energy-efficiency and sustainability programming. Since the organization’s founding in 1978 under the name, Urban Options, Michigan Energy Options has provided solutions for Michigan residences and businesses for saving energy and money.
- Clean Energy Coalition, $15,000: Clean Energy Coalition (CEC) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting clean energy technologies as a way to create healthier, energy independent communities. CEC implements, manages, and evaluates cost effective, market transformation projects and programs in the building and transportation sectors.
- Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association, $15,000: GLREA is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1991 to provide education to the public in the fields of renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable development. At the GLREA Energy Demonstration Center you can view the Traveling Renewable Energy Display, review their library, take a tour, attend the PV Certification Training Program, attend a seminar, and more.
For a fact sheet regarding tips on how to make a home more energy efficient, please visit: http://www.michigan.gov/documents/CIS_EO_Home_Maintenance_Tips_94189_7.pdf
Citizens with questions or comments regarding the projects should contact Stephanie Epps by email at or by phone at 517-335-6448.
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Mario L. Morrow 517-373-9280