Sarbanes Joins Secretaries Granholm and Fudge for Baltimore Event Announcing $18.6 Million in Clean Energy Funding

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 15, 2021
CONTACT: Natalie Young |
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Marcia L. Fudge, Congressman Kweisi Mfume (D-Md.) and Mayor Brandon Scott at Civic Works’ Center for Sustainable Careers in Baltimore, Maryland to highlight the Biden Administration’s work to help communities lower home energy costs, reduce air pollution and generate clean energy jobs.

During the event, Secretary Granholm announced $18.6 million in funding for facilities like Civic Works that are leading the way in green career training and job training in weatherization and solar installation. This funding is available through the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy’s (EERE) Weatherization Assistance Program for the Enhancement & Innovation Funding Opportunity Announcement.

“It was a pleasure to welcome Secretaries Granholm and Fudge to Baltimore – especially to Civic Works, with which I have worked closely for many years. Building on passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, today’s announcement demonstrates the Biden Administration’s commitment to a cleaner, more resilient future,” said Congressman Sarbanes. “I am proud that the Biden Administration has chosen to spotlight Baltimore in its efforts to support energy affordability and weatherization.”

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which was signed into law last month, invests in public transit; electric and low-emission school bus fleets; electric vehicle charging networks and research, development and deployment of cutting-edge clean energy technologies.

Next year, with support from Congressman Sarbanes and various partners, Civic Works and the Baltimore City Department of Housing and Community Development will launch Baltimore Shines, a program to expand access to rooftop solar for low- and moderate-income homeowners in Baltimore and lower household energy bills.