The city has received a $115,085 grant through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to establish internships within the city's sustainability program.
The grant will be used to hire six interns who are enrolled in relevant undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral programs or who graduated within the past three years. Two interns will be hired at a time and will work for six months each on such sustainability initiatives as reducing greenhouse gas emissions and starting a sustainability resource center to inform the public and business about sustainable technologies and practices.
The city also has received a Milestone Achievement Award from the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, which promotes sustainability within local governments.
The award recognizes the city for completing the first three milestones as established by the ICLEI Local Action Plan requirements for reducing green house gases: conducting an emissions inventory and forecast; setting emissions reduction targets; and developing a climate action plan.
The remaining two milestones are to implement climate protection measures; and to track and measure progress.
The city received the award at the North Carolina ICLEI Membership Summit in Asheboro. Mayor Allen Joines presented it to the Community Sustainability Program Committee last month.
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