Friday, October 06, 2017 10:02 AM


Chattanooga nonprofit GreenSpaces has kicked off a giving campaign to support of environmental sustainability.

Many dont realize the organization is a nonprofit, according toDirector of DevelopmentDawnHjelseth.

When the organization launched, theLyndhurst Foundation provided funding for incentive programs to encourage people to do things like invest in solar energy and get LEED-certified, but that ended after three years.

This year, GreenSpaces is celebrating its 10-year anniversary, and the giving campaign will help the organization continue its work, which shifted to educational outreach[1] afterLyndhurst funding ended.

For example, the organization educates people on simple things they can do to lower their energy bills, Hjelseth said.

On Thursday,Hjelseth said she was helping install solar LED lights in the Orchard Knob area to help preserve energy and promote general safety.

GreenSpaces focuses much of its work on low-income areas in an effort to inform residents how they can save money and energy.

The organization has found that neighborhoods such as Alton Park, East Lake and Highland Park use 43 percent more energy than the average Chattanooga household. Its partly because the homes are older, but educating people on little changes they can makesuch as installing programmable thermostatscan make a big difference,Hjelseth ...

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