Money for Green Projects

February 9, 2009 at 9:57 pm Leave a comment

We all want to build green projects, but there is no getting around that there are some additional costs to doing the right thing. Well tonight I bring you  a couple of ideas that may help us all get these projects accomplished!

The first is a fairly standard notification of grants available for some of those extra cost, like consultants and other items involved in obtaining a LEED certification. The story is on Green Building Law (http://www.greenbuildinglawblog.com/2009/02/articles/resources/kresge-foundation-adds-green-building-grants/) and it goes into some detail about who is eligible for these Kresge Foundation grants.

Excerpt: “The Kresge Foundation has added sustainable design planning grants from $50,000-$100,000 to its roster of resources available to non-profits.  The grants are for:

Professional services to facilitate the design planning meetings or charrettes during the pre-design period.  Planning grants are available to cover the following costs:

  • Energy analysis and modeling
  • Water use analysis and modeling
  • Ecological site planning
  • Commissioning expenses associated with the planning process
  • Initial documentation and LEED registration with the U.S. Green Building Council”

The other is a fascinating article on one method of getting green projects built and saving the economy at the same time. The article on the Inspired Economist (http://inspiredeconomist.com/2009/02/07/green-municipal-bonds-economic-crisis-solved/) really got me thinking.  I am going to forward it to my local and state officials for their reading pleasure and you should too!

Excerpt: “Here is how Green Municipal Bonds work:  Upon voter approval, the municipality creates a quasi-utility, and acts as an intermediary between the residents and utility companies.  The municipality then conducts an independent study of the cost, and savings, from implementing Green environmental solutions.   If the cost of the project is $1 billion, and the savings is a 15% reduction in consumption, the municipality issues the bonds and splits the savings between the resident, investor, and municipality.

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