The city of Lawrence will receive nearly $900,000 in federal stimulus money to undertake energy efficiency projects at city buildings.
The U.S. Department of Energy on Thursday announced the allocation as part of a $3.2 billion allocation to cities, counties and states across the country. Kansas will receive $21.06 million as part of the program. Lawrence’s share is $858,600.
City Manager David Corliss said the city would begin looking at a variety of city facilities that could benefit from energy efficiency improvements. The funds also can be used for certain transportation projects that promote energy efficiency, building code changes that conserve energy, the creation of incentive programs to encourage private energy efficiency projects, and purchases of energy efficient traffic signals and street lights.
Corliss said his staff would make recommendations to city commissioners on how to best spend the money later this year.