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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Sierra Club granting $1M to green homes for injured veterans

The Sierra Club Foundation will provide a grant of as much as $1 million over the next three years to help another nonprofit group incorporate green building practices into homes it constructs for severely injured veterans.

The money will be awarded to Homes for Our Troops, a charity that builds homes adapted for severely injured and disabled veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The money will pay for incorporating energy saving and green energy technologies, including geothermal heating systems and photovoltaic solar panels.

"We hope this project will demonstrate how easy it is to save energy at home," said Peter Martin, executive director of the Sierra Club Foundation. "We can lower our energy bills, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and create jobs in the green building sector at the same time."

The money can also be used to incorporate other green building practices and to participate in the Energy Star and LEED programs.

Information about the Homes for Our Troops organization that provides veterans with new homes or adapts existing homes is available at www.homesforourtroops.org.

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