Mayor Scott Avedisian met with National Grid officers at City Hall Tuesday to accept the designation of the city as a Rhode Island Energy Champion, as well as the grant.
“My administration has long been committed to promoting energy efficiency. I am very proud that Warwick has met the National Grid/SmartPower Rhode Island Energy Challenge. These funds will help us build upon the momentum we’ve gained in implementing energy-saving solutions in city buildings. I would like to thank National Grid and SmartPower for sponsoring this challenge, and I would like to express my gratitude to all of our residents and businesses who enabled us to reach our goal.”
Warwick will also receive two street signs proclaiming local citizens “Rhode Island Energy Champions”. The signs will be posted on key roads heading into Warwick. The event to formally unveil the street signs will take place later this fall.
“Congratulations to the City of Warwick for making this commitment to energy efficiency,” said Timothy F. Horan, president of National Grid in Rhode Island.
Their goal was to sign up 1,763 homes, but Warwick signed up more than 1,800 a week ahead of the deadline, an example all communities should look up to, Horan said.
In May 2013, National Grid, working with the non-profit organization SmartPower (www.smartpower.org), created the high visibility, community-based, on-the-ground campaign to increase energy efficiency. The Rhode Island Energy Challenge: Find Your Four! campaign is a dynamic program that has already engaged thousands of Rhode Islanders across the state and encouraged them to change their energy use behaviors by taking four energy actions in their homes.
In Warwick the campaign came to life with the support of local partners including Warwick Schools, Warwick Libraries, Warwick Little League and Soccer League, UPS, Westbay CAP, city employees, Warwick Representatives and the City Council.
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