One of the new initiatives suggested in Albemarle County’s Climate Action Plan is a program to fund community programs intended to help the overall community reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
A call for applications was issued in March and now the county has made five awards totaling $100,000.
- A group called Autism Sanctuary will receive $25,000 to create a worm composting project “to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote green gardening practices in the local community, and provide additional jobs and learning experiences to those with autism in Central Virginia.”
- The nonprofit Community Bikes has been awarded $25,000 to expand a project called “Bicycle Recycling, Refurbishment, & Redistribution” “with the goal of providing more affordable and sustainable transportation options to underserved communities in Albemarle County.”
- The International Rescue Committee runs the New Roots Farm will use its $20,020 in part to purchase equipment that is not powered by fossil fuels. They’ll also “create a democratic self-determination process for designing its largest community garden.”
- A nonprofit group called FLIPP Inc will receive $18,600 to fund job-training programs for both designing and installing solar facilities that will be aimed at underserved communities.
- The Peabody School will get $11,380 to “engage the public and get youth involved in Piedmont grassland education and conservation through a grassland restoration project at Darden Towe Park.”
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