GreenSpaces received a $300,000 grant from the Southeast Sustainable Communities Fund to continue its energy-efficient programs. (Photo: Contributed)

The city of Chattanooga, GreenSpaces and EPB will be streamlining energy-saving programming with the help of a new grant.

The $300,000 Southeast Sustainable Communities Fund grant will go toward GreenSpaces’ work with Chattanooga and EPB in 2018 and 2019 to help area residents find low-cost and no-cost ways to conserve energy.

“We want to see our customers comfortable,” EPB Director of Environmental Stewardship and Community Elizabeth Hammitt said. “If there is an energy burden in a home, we want to see that become less of a burden.”

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Most of the grant money will go toward a new program beginning in January called Build It Green that will teach 18- to 26-year-olds energy-efficient construction techniques. The program will supply each attendee with a $10 an hour stipend to accommodate for the time they take out of their normal schedules.

For more about GreenSpaces programming, click here. To read a GreenSpaces feature in a national magazine, click here.

Alina Hunter-Grah is a contributing writer. She currently attends UTC, where she was previously the news editor of the student newspaper, The University Echo. Alina also worked at CNN during the summer of 2017 and is the former Chattanooga correspondent for 2nd & Church, a literary magazine based out of Nashville. You can reach Alina at [email protected] or on Twitter @alinahuntergrah

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