Southwest lands three city grants to fight climate change

Three Southwest neighborhoods and organizations took five of the city’s grants of up to $10,000 each to help encourage citizens to join the fight against climate change.

The Bakken Museum (in the West Calhoun neighborhood), Linden Hills Power and Light (appropriately enough in Linden Hills) and Lyndale neighborhood all received Climate Change Innovations Funds.

The Seward/Longfellow neighborhoods and the Alliance for Sustainability are also recipients of the grants.

Each of the groups receives up to $10,000 for activities to be completed by December 15.

From the city’s website, here are summaries of the plans for the grants:

Linden Hills Power and Light
The grant will help support 80 volunteers going door to door engaging citizens about MEC and energy conservation, CFL distribution and an interactive website/blog.

Lyndale neighborhood
The grant will help the neighborhood target homeowners, renters, and businesses through newspaper articles, ads, and workshops, to educate them about the MEC and energy conservation. The funding will also help buy down the cost of energy audits and provide matching grants for energy improvements.

Bakken Museum
The grant will pay for a “Sustainable Electricity for the 21st Century” interactive exhibit and programming including MEC promotion, an energy conservation skit, ads, family activities and a Fall Energy Forum.

Seward/Longfellow neighborhoods
The grant will be used to fund an “Inconvenient Truth” kickoff event, compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) distribution, Minneapolis Energy Challenge (MEC) promotion, “Ask me what I am doing about Climate Change” lawn signs, an electric lawn mower sharing program, and a programmable thermostat swap. Partners include the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs, Welna II Hardware and Riverview Theater.

Alliance for Sustainability
The grant will be used to target at least 50 block clubs to host different types of energy conservation block parties, providing kits, fact sheets, door hangers, DVDs, free CFLs, and guest speakers.