NACA Receives a Community Energy Savers Grant

September 13, 2011 10:02 a.m. EDT
NACA team members Osei Yiadom, left, Veris Lee, and Mpepera Simango stand with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was joined by Acting Department of General Services Director Theodore Atwood, Office of Sustainability Director Beth Strommen, Women's Housing Coalition Executive Director Joann Levy, representatives from BGE, and a host of citizens, energy advocates, and non-profit representatives on Monday, September 13, 2010 to announce the first round recipients of the Baltimore City Community Energy Savers Grants.

"With this funding, nonprofit organizations throughout the city will have an opportunity to learn about low-cost and no-cost steps that can bring about additional energy savings—and we all know that saving energy means saving dollars," Rawlings-Blake said.

The City has allotted $1 million to this grant program from a $6.37 million energy stimulus package previously awarded to the City’s Department of General Services. The grant is designed to empower nonprofits in Baltimore to conserve energy and raise energy awareness. The dollars saved on utility costs can be used by grant recipients to provide increased services to the Baltimoreans they serve. Applicants submitted proposals which met grant criteria in areas including predicted energy savings, potential to enhance economic and community development, and the ability to leverage government, non-profit, utility, and private sector resources for increased impact and longevity of results.

Grants are available in three energy categories: technical assistance for energy audits, upgrades/retrofits to increase energy efficiency, and education and outreach for energy savings. Those interested may still apply for the two remaining grant rounds. Applications are due on Dec. 8 of this year and March 23, 2011.

In addition to Community Energy Savers Grants for nonprofits, the Department of General Services is funding 16 other projects from this stimulus funding. Sixty-percent of these projects are community-related and include supplementing the efforts of energy programs in City agencies including Baltimore Housing’s weatherization and home energy conservation programs, funding the expansion of the Baltimore Neighborhood Energy Challenge (BNEC) in the City Planning Department, and providing retrofits for City facilities. The agency funded 50 energy-related summer jobs through the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development’s YouthWorks program.

More information about the Community Energy Savers Grant available at or


Celeste Amato
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Cathy Powell
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Source:  Baltimore City

The Northwood-Appold Community Academy opened as a public charter school in August 2005. The school served grades K through 2 in its innaugural year.  It has since grown to serve approximately 450 students from throughout Baltimore City in grades K through 8.

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