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2009 Media Releases


Date:
May 21, 2009
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Barb Baier, City Grants Writer-Administrator, 441-8252
Milo Mumgaard, Cleaner Greener Lincoln, 441-8044


CITY AWARDED MAJOR STIMULUS GRANT FOR ENVIRONMENTAL INITIATIVES

Mayor Chris Beutler announced today that the City has been awarded $261,985 in federal funding to hire 24 AmeriCorps members to work on environmental projects in the community. The Recovery Go Green initiative is led by the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department and funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, with program support provided by ServeNebraska, Nebraska Volunteer Service Commission.

"This is the first stimulus grant awarded to our City on a competitive basis," said Mayor Chris Beutler. "These funds will allow us to provide a variety of programs focusing on energy and the environment - programs that will have a positive long-term impact in our neighborhoods. I want to thank and congratulate Lincoln Parks and Recreation and its partners agencies for developing a successful proposal to put these funds to work in our community."

City agencies involved in the project are the "F" Street Recreation Center, the City Forestry Division, the Stronger Safer Neighborhoods Initiative, the Recycling Office, the Lincoln Area Agency on Aging and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department. The City's new "Cleaner Greener Initiative also will be involved. Other partners include the Downtown Lincoln Association, Community Learning Centers, the UNL Extension Office, the Red Cross, Special Olympics and Community Crops. Nebraska agencies include State Forestry and the Game and Parks Commission, and ServeNebraska will provide State administration of the federal funds.

The federal funding will be matched with $123,070 in funding and in-kind services from the City and its partners. The funds will be used to hire 16 full-time and eight part-time AmeriCorps members to work at City and partner sites. Projects may include public education on energy and the environment; work on the City's tree canopy and parks; rehabilitation and clean up in Lincoln's core neighborhoods; community gardening; youth programming; and recycling.

For more information on the initiative, contact Deb Buckman, AmeriCorps Grant Coordinator for the Parks and Recreation Department, at 441-4907. More information also will be available on the City Web site at lincoln.ne.gov.


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