Partners For Places Awards Chattanooga Funding For Environmental Efforts In Neighborhoods

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Chattanooga is one of eight cities announced on Thursday that has been awarded funding for sustainability projects focused on low-income and diverse communities, ensuring that all residents benefit from a community’s environmental progress. The City of Chattanooga’s Sustainability Office worked with local non-profit, green|spaces, to apply for funding to expand the Empower program, which teaches low-income residents low cost and no cost ways to reduce their utility bills.

The expansion of the program will allow more renters and homeowners in the East Chattanooga, Highland Park, Ridgedale, and East Lake communities to receive training as well as add the Alton Park community to the service area. The funding will also support neighborhood-led energy efficiency projects in these communities through a partnership with Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise and the City’s Department of Economic & Community Development.

“We know access to electricity and affordability directly impacts quality of life. Chattanoogans shouldn’t have to choose between keeping the lights on or feeding their family,” said Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke. “Through this grant, we will help even more Chattanooga families make their homes energy efficient and keep more money in their pockets.”

To expand this successful program that helps low-income neighborhoods, Chattanooga is receiving $40,000 from Partners for Places and $80,000 in local funding from the Benwood Foundation and Lyndhurst Foundation to continue to help communities increase their energy efficiency. Partners for Places pairs city governments with local and national funders to support sustainability projects that promote a healthy environment, a strong economy, and well-being for all residents.

“Becoming sustainable and solving the climate crisis may seem daunting, but to get there it has to be done on the local level with public/private partnerships,” said Darryl Young, director of the Sustainable Cities Program at the Summit Foundation. “We’re excited that so many of these ideas put the role of planning solutions in the hands of communities."

The communities for the Empower Program were selected from a study conducted by the City of Chattanooga, EPB, United Way, and green|spaces, which showed that homes in those areas used on average 43 percent more energy per square foot than the average home in Chattanooga during the winter months. Those neighborhoods also had some of the highest call volumes for energy assistance to THE United Way 211 Call Center.

“It has been incredible to see how simple changes and improvements to a home can have such a big impact! Participants, on average, have saved over $400 after attending just one 45-minute class,” said Sam Fulbright, green|spaces Empower program coordinator. “This expansion will allow us to serve hundreds of more families in Chattanooga along with providing them an opportunity use their own ideas to create more energy efficient communities through the neighborhood-led project program.”

Partners for Places, led by the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities in partnership with the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, is providing $514,000 in funding for the eight cities, which will be matched by the other funders listed below. The program is supported by six investor foundations: Bloomberg Philanthropies, The JPB Foundation, The Kendeda Fund, The New York Community Trust, Summit Foundation, and Surdna Foundation.

The Partners for Places recipients are Chattanooga, Detroit, Hartford, Ct., Miami-Dade County, Fl., Minneapolis, Portland, Or., Seattle and Tucson, Az. To date, Partners for Places has awarded more than $4 million across North America in this successful matching grant program, leading to an $8 million impact.

Gina Pannell Joins RE/MAX Properties As An Affiliate Broker

Gina Pannell has joined RE/MAX Properties as the newest member of its sales team. When she was young, Gina lived in Chattanooga and went to school in Apison. She said she always remembered the Chattanooga area and how beautiful it was compared to some places she had lived. She always wanted to come back to the area. As an adult, she also lived in Louisiana and North Carolina.  ... (click for more)

Joan Rose Named Coldwell Banker Pryor Realty's Rising Star Of The Year For 2017

Joan Rose, a local affiliate broker with Coldwell Banker Pryor Realty, was recognized as Coldwell Banker Pryor Realty’s Rising Star of the Year and Multi-Million Dollar Producer for 2017. The award was presented at the annual Coldwell Banker Awards Ceremony held at Springhill Suites in downtown Chattanooga. Ms. Rose, an Ooltewah resident, transitioned into real estate in late ... (click for more)

TBI Puts Man Who Killed 4 At Waffle House On Its "10 Most Wanted" List

A man who killed four people and injured two others at a Waffle House near Nashville on Sunday morning is still on the loose and has been added to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's ‘Top 10 Most Wanted’ list. He was identified as Travis Reinking, 29, of Morton, Ill., was arrested last year when he was in a restricted area at the White House in Washington, D.C. Reinking ... (click for more)

Dayton Teen Arrested After Running From Deputies On Highway 60; Passenger Caught With Drugs

Hamilton County Sheriff deputies caught up with a Dayton teen who drove off at a high rate of speed on Highway 60 on Sunday afternoon. A passenger in the vehicle was caught with drugs. At approximately  5 p.m. , deputies observed a white Chrysler 200 traveling south in the 7800 block of Highway 60 at a high rate of speed. The driver was improperly passing other vehicles ... (click for more)

Teachers Have Good Compensation Compared To Other Taxpayers - And Response

Hamilton County experienced a property tax increase of about 10.7 percent in 2017. By law the reappraisal of property shall not increase tax revenue. So after the reappraisal the state certified millage rate for Hamilton County was 2.4976 per hundred dollars assessed value. The county commission voted to raise the millage rate to 2.7652 per hundred. That's about a 10.7 percent increase ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Always Know The Facts

I adore the fact so many of America’s high school and college students are very active in our battle against violence in our schools but bemoan the fact that when you combine youth and ‘lack of experience’ they often are misguided and ill-informed. The best example came on Saturday when a reporter for Campus Reform walked around the Cal State-Santa Barbara campus asking the students ... (click for more)