A position has been created by the city and county to promote energy efficiency and help recruit “green” energy jobs to the area.
In a unanimous vote during Wednesday’s Douglas County Commission meeting, commissioners agreed to match the city in funding the salary and benefits for a new sustainability coordinator.
The agreement has the city and county paying $100,000 each for a two-year employment agreement. Any employment after that period will be decided at a later date.
The city has received grant money to help fund their commitment to the position.
Douglas County Commissioners said they were satisfied that by creating this position, the new coordinator can closely examine energy efficiency standards throughout the area. The coordinator will also help promote Lawrence and Douglas County to “green” energy companies.