And now for something completely different...
Oregon's governor directed the state's Department of Energy
(http://www.oregon.gov/ENERGY/) to conduct energy audits on 500 schools,
using $2 million of leftover stimulus cash. Armed with that information
the state can pay for weatherization projects in public schools to
reduce energy expenses and create jobs for some of the state's many
unemployed. There is also discussion of having all retrofit projects
meet LEED Silver certification. Opponents would like to see projects
that would pay for themselves in the energy savings, rather than just a
government handout for job creation. Either way it is Sustainable
Technology in action, and an interesting way to boost not only
sustainability, but local economies.
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