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How 204 US Mayors Used Federal Grant Money to Better Their Cities

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMAs part of the economic stimulus package five years ago, Congress allotted $2.7 billion for energy efficient block grants (EECBG) to be spent by local governments. Over 200 mayors filled out questionnaires explaining how that money was spent in their cities. This was recently published in Successful City Initiatives with Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Funding, which states:

  • 87% said money went to municipal projects and operations
  • 83% said the city’s retrofit government buildings
  • 42% said it was used for LED/other energy-efficient street lighting
  • 31% said they used it to to install solar energy systems on public buildings and facilities

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