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Rutland affordable housing project gets $175,000 for energy efficiency

Rutland affordable housing project gets $175,000 for energy efficiency

first_imgUS Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) today announced a $175,000 federal energy efficiency grant for a 17-unit affordable housing project in the historic St. Stanislaus School and Convent buildings. The project’s extraordinary energy-saving improvements could make it a national model.  While a typical weatherization project in Vermont can save 20 to 30 percent on energy consumption, the St. Stanislaus project will aim to reduce energy use for heating by 60 percent, and reduce carbon emissions by 80 percent or more. One result will be that energy costs at the St. Stanislaus project will be slashed by thousands of dollars every year.“I am very pleased that this grant will help the St. Stanislaus project set a new standard for energy efficient affordable housing,” Sanders said. There is little doubt in my mind that in the years to come the energy mix in this state will be very different than it is today.  This federal support will help move our state toward a greener economy.“At a time when many Vermonters are struggling economically, when affordable housing can be very hard to come by and when many low- and moderate-income people are spending 50 percent of more of their limited income on housing, this affordable housing project is sorely needed and I’m very excited to see it built in Rutland.” “Sen. Sanders is giving us an exciting challenge and a tremendous opportunity,” said Elisabeth Kulas, executive director of the Housing Trust of Rutland County. “We’ve been sensitive to energy improvements and the concept of renewal energy in our affordable housing development, having dabbled with solar hot water and spray foam insulation in the recent past. This grant is creating a pathway to implement the most advanced, yet proven, energy technologies. “Furthermore, and equally notable, pursuing this initiative in a project that is also meeting the National Park Services’ highest historic preservation standards  adds one more critical dimension and means this will serve as a poster child for historic preservation with energy efficiency and renewals technology for the rest of the country,” Kulas added.In order to achieve the energy efficiency goals, the project will increase roof and wall insulation and install high-efficiency lighting and appliances. It also will feature a wood pellet boiler, a solar hot water heater, triple-glazed windows, and an energy-saving ventilation system.In addition to the $175,000 grant that Sanders secured from the U.S. Department of Energy, the $4.6 million project also received $1.25 million from the federal stimulus package and significant funding from the Vermont Housing Conservation Board and other investors.The project will revitalize two long-abandoned historic buildings in West Rutland.  Both the school building and the convent which housed nuns who taught there are included on the state’s historic register and the National Register of Historic Places.Source: WEST RUTLAND, Vt. Oct. 27 – US Senator Bernie Sanderslast_img read more

Enrollment for new school year begins today

Enrollment for new school year begins today

first_imgAn estimated two million learners in the region from preschool to senior high school are expected to enroll for the new school year, said Belleza, pointing out that DepEd Region 6 started pre-enrollment in February and March. * online class – but only possible if students have the needed gadgets such as laptop or desktop computer, cellphone, and strong internet connection For distance learning, DepEd-6 has three strategies. These are the following: * radio- or television-based instruction Today is also the start of the teachers’ rendering of service for the new school year, said Belleza. Belleza said t is up to schools to determine which teaching strategies would be suitable for their students. Teachers, however, need not be physically present in schools. They can work from home, she stressed. She also did not discount the possibility of homeschooling; the students just stay at home and their parents would teach them based on the curriculum and learning materials set by the school. DepEd-6 is exploring the possibility of combining the above-mentioned modalities for a “blended” learning experience of students, said Belleza. ILOILO City – The 30-day enrollment period for school year 2020-2021 begins today. They have the option to enroll online via email and through social media applications such as Facebook and Viber, among other internet-based communications applications, said Belleza. Physical distancing and the wearing of facemask would be required, said Belleza, and hand-washing stations would be made available in schools. Also, she said, it is ultimately up to the parents to decide if they want to enroll their children to school or not./PNcenter_img According to Department of Education (DepEd) Western Visayas information officer Lea Belleza, parents  and students need not go to schools for the enrollment due to the continued threat posed by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The new school year opens on Aug. 24. Schools can use radio, television and the internet so as to avoid face-to-face teaching which is still deemed risky at this time, said Briones. Belleza said face-to-face learning may be allowed in areas considered as “low-risk” for COVID-1 9 transmission but health safety measures would be strictly observed such as regular disinfection of schools, frequent hand-washing, wearing of facemask, observing physical distancing, and checking of body temperature. Belleza assured parents that in case the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases allows the physical presence of students in schools, the schools would be disinfecting their premises first to ensure that students are safe and protected from COVID-19. * modular – printed or electronic materials would be issued for students to study; this includes worksheets, too, that students must answer and other learning materials that teachers would deem necessary for the students Parents and students may also call or text the teachers, she added. In a televised meeting of the task force on Thursday night last week, Education secretary Leonor Briones said “blended” methods would be applied to ensure the continued learning of students amid the COVID-19 crisis. The enrollment this month, she said, “will validate kon tuod gid man nga ining mga bata ma-eskwela subong nga school year.” In Western Visayas, Belleza said, DepEd-6 already started preparing for various “learning delivery modalities”. These are face-to-face learning, distance learning, blended learning, and homeschooling. “DepEd strictly maintains the ‘no collection policy’. Wala sang bayaran ang kabataan,” said Belleza.last_img read more