I first want to thank Barb Wold for making me aware of this. I just got through reading an article from Democracy for New Mexico entitled, “Recovery Act Funds go to NM Tribal Communities for Energy Efficiency, Transportation.”
A quick excerpt from her blog:
“Five pueblos and the County of San Juan will receive more than $900,000 in energy efficiency grants through the Department of Energy for energy audits, building retrofits and to create financial incentive programs for energy efficiency improvements. They include:
Pueblo of Cochiti: $40,400
Pueblo of Isleta: $112,000
Pueblo of San Felipe: $102,200
Pueblo of Taos: $61,400
Zuni Pueblo: $267,500
San Juan County: $329,400
Additionally, the Department of Transportation released ARRA funds to:
Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo: $156,000 to purchase one van and one bus compatible with Americans with Disability Act standards.”
This is great news and I applaud New Mexican Senators Udall and Bingaman who helped get this money to some of our Native communities.
These funds will help tribal residents save energy and make their homes and buildings more efficient, while also providing jobs for residents there in the realm of performing building retrofits and energy audits.
Also, make sure to go here to read the full blog by Barb.