Shaker Heights offers grants, other incentives to build green

The City of Shaker Heights approves a citywide "Go Green" Rebate Program, the first of its kind in the Midwest.

In July 2003, Shaker introduced a program with an ambitious goal: To help residents make their homes healthier and more energy efficient. And it provided the incentives to back it up by offering a combination of technical assistance, grants, low-interest loans, and discounted energy assessments. The program follows on the heels of the adoption by city council of the city's green building ordinance in May.

The new program could produce savings of up to 40 percent on home utility bills ($1,317 annual savings estimated for a 1,300 square foot home). In addition, homes that are more energy efficient are more marketable in the long term, says Sadhu Johnston, executive director, Cleveland Green Building Coalition

"Many cities are realizing that integrating energy efficiency into homes and businesses makes economic sense for the whole community," Johnston says. "However, Shaker's 'Go Green' Rebate Program is truly on the cutting edge."

The city will offer a series of workshops on making homes more energy efficient. Two workshops have been scheduled for September 24 and October 15, 2003. For more information, call Jayme Lucas of the Neighborhood Revitalization at 216-491-1340.


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