This summer, the Town of Unity was awarded $82,500 from the State of Maine through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant. Many towns and cities in Maine received this grant, which is funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Energizing a Community is a local effort led by the Time and Tide RC&D, Unity College, and Unity Barn Raisers. The group’s initiative is to lay out and implement a vision of the energy future of surrounding communities. They will implement this vision through two approaches: educational and community action.
The Unity Energy Committee determines how to best allocate the funds to support this mission. The chair of this committee is Doug Fox, the Director of the Center for Sustainability and Global Change at Unity College. The committee plans to use the funding in the following three ways:
- Understand the town’s energy use and develop a community energy plan
- Complete residential and commercial building energy audits
- Provide seed funds to complete energy efficiency retrofits