DAVE ROBERTS is one of my all-time favorite bloggers. That is because he has a lot to say, and it comes in his own voice...This time, Dave is talking about local governments and applying for stimulus funds...
Dave advises: "If you want your town or county to take part in this smart spending of stimulus funding, get them to the Architecture2030 web site now."
Putting people to work, saving energy, and upgrading our building stock are all great ideas. If we can get there by stretching a dollar 14 times those great ideas start to make too much sense to ignore. The principle is to leverage the federal stimulus money that cities and states are getting by buying down interest rates for loans to increase energy efficiency. Ed Mazria, a Santa Fe architect, has a plan. The 14X plan is meeting an enthusiastic reception in presentations to mayors and other local officials.
"You could almost see in the audience light bulbs going on as he put flesh on the skeleton of his concept," says Mayor Patrick Hays of North Little Rock, Ark. "It was like a preacher giving a sermon and by the end we were singing out of the same hymn book and there were ten or twelve of us lining up to be baptized."
Sonoma County already has a Go Solar program designed to make solar energy and efficiency improvements. The 14X plan is another example of smart spending where governments encourage private citizens and businesses to do the right thing. If you want your community to get involved in this kind of work, the best thing I can do is steer you to the people who are doing the research and documentation.
The Architecture 2030 organization is so efficient, they have already provided a form for local governments applying to get their funds from the stimulus. If you want your town or county to take part in this smart spending of stimulus funding, get them to the Architecture2030 web site now.
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