East Lansing-based Urban Options, the Greater Lansing Go Green! Go Lansing! initiative and the Team Lansing Foundation received a $50,000 to help turn area restaurants and hotels some shade of green.
The Go Green! team is hoping to serve at least 50 businesses. Each business can apply for the green grant. If they’re an appropriate candidate, they get a green assessment to determine what kinds of improvements can be made to reduce energy use.
“We’ll get an idea of what their energy use is,” says Taylor Heins, with Lansing’s Go Green! initiative. “If they’re not using a lot of energy, they’re probably not a good candidate because we really want to reduce energy use.”
The group is specifically targeting restaurants and hotels because they use a lot of energy.
“We’ve offered similar services for smaller businesses, and now we’re looking to expand to larger facilities like hotels,” she says.
After the assessments are complete, Go Green! will help the businesses implement energy saving changes. Heins says she hopes the assessments will be complete by late August or early September.
Source: Taylor Heins, Go Green!
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