Mayor Chris Beutler's Cleaner Greener Lincoln and Stronger, Safer Neighborhoods initiatives will conduct an energy upgrade for a nonprofit agency Tuesday April 5 as part of the Lincoln Energy Challenge. Trained AmeriCorps volunteers will start work at 9 a.m. at The Gathering Place, 1448 "E" Street.
The volunteers will replace incandescent bulbs with more energy efficient and longer lasting compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), caulk windows and doors, and apply weather stripping if necessary. These upgrades will save The Gathering Place money on energy bills every year.
This is the second energy upgrade event the Lincoln Energy Challenge has organized. The first event took place Jan. 20 at the Near South Community Bike Kitchen, where volunteers caulked windows, replaced the furnace air filter, weather-stripped doors and more.
Energy upgrade events are part of the Lincoln Energy Challenge, which launched in January. The Challenge encourages residents to "get comfortable saving money" by taking action and sharing progress.
The City's Cleaner Greener Lincoln initiative was launched in partnership with the Nebraska Attorney General's office, which provided $50,000 from a lawsuit settlement. The $2.4 million in stimulus funds to support the effort are available through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program.
Learn more about Cleaner Greener Lincoln and the Lincoln Energy Challenge at green.lincoln.ne.gov.