Caldwell green-energy group wins grant

Jul. 19, 2013 @ 06:53 AM

A local group focused on sustainable energy has received a $20,000 grant from the Z. Smith Reynolds foundation of Winston Salem.

The grant to the Caldwell Green Commission was one of 81 awarded by the foundation this year, totaling $11.3 million to organizations in 26 North Carolina counties.

Melissa Patton, executive director of Caldwell Green Commission, said the group is establishing a green business certification program with the grant funds, where energy auditors will evaluate local businesses in Caldwell and surrounding counties, identify where they can save money on energy costs, and certify those that qualify as “green businesses.”

The grant also will partially fund an initiative of the commission, partnered with Appalachian State University and Caldwell Community College, for an energy entrepreneurship program, which will give instruction and training for students looking to become energy auditors.

The commission currently in the process of changing its name to Sustainable Foothills.