Topeka Needs Your Input on Energy Efficiency

By: From 13 News
By: From 13 News
The City of Topeka

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TOPEKA -- The Energy Efficiency & Conservation Strategy, prepared following public input meetings in March, is now being presented for public comment. All of the necessary documents can be found on the front page of the City of Topeka’s website, www.topeka.org . All residents are asked to read the documents and submit any comments, questions or concerns to Mike McGee at mmcgee@topeka.org or 368-3801, by August 5th.

The Energy Efficiency & Conservation Strategy was prepared as part of the City of Topeka’s participation in the U. S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program, funded by the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

Energy conservation activists, novices, and members of the general public attended two community discussions on March 18 and 19. Ideas generated during the public meetings and ones generated through discussions with private and government stakeholders were compiled, evaluated and prioritized. The completed strategies are now being shared with everyone and local government officials will be asked to make public policy decisions based on the ideas.

The March events were a community collaborative effort between the Topeka Sustainability Advisory Board (SAB) and Heartland Visioning to develop an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy (EECS) for our community. The discussion featured a presentation on the range of energy efficiency, conservation, renewable energy, and sustainability options available for communities by the non-profit energy consulting firm, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC). It was followed by an open brainstorming session and dialogue facilitated by William Beteta, Executive Director of Heartland Visioning.

In addition to the March public events, VEIC worked in conjunction with the Sustainability Advisory Board, Heartland Visioning, and more than 20 public and private stakeholders. The Sustainability Advisory Board, City staff, and the community came together to bring to life an Energy Efficiency & Conservation Strategy that will hopefully create a bright future for the City of Topeka.

For more information, contact Mike McGee at 368-3801.


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