The Green Impact Zone Low-Income Weatherization Assistance Program will host a free Halloweatherization Celebration for residents in and around the zone to celebrate National Weatherization Day on Oct. 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 4600 Paseo. The event will feature live entertainment, trick-or-treating, games, a moonwalk and a costume contest, as well as information on weatherization and energy conservation programs for residents in and around the Green Impact Zone. The first 500 attendees will also receive a free lunch. The Green Impact Zone asks that attendees RSVP for the event by calling 816/936-8804.

The Green Impact Zone Low-Income Weatherization Assistance Program is an initiative to weatherize homes in the zone and surrounding neighborhoods, stretching from 35th to 52nd Streets and from Main to Benton Boulevard, plus the area north of 56th Street between Troost and Main. Under the program, 659 homes will be weatherized, which will lower residents’ utility usage and help the environment.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, weatherization not only helps the environment by reducing energy usage, but can also save homeowners up to 35 percent on utility bills. The Mid-America Regional Council received $4.5 million in federal stimulus funds from the Department of Energy and Missouri Department of Natural Resources to pay for the program, which includes an innovative workforce development plan to hire and train workers for green jobs, along with new incentives for landlords to weatherize their rental properties.

The Green Impact Zone Low-Income Weatherization Assistance Program has already received nearly 1,500 inquiries from residents who want their homes weatherized, and contractors are working diligently to respond to all of them to determine if respondents meet eligibility requirements. Those who do not live in the Green Impact Zone service area may still be eligible for weatherization assistance through the city of Kansas City, Mo., which operates a similar weatherization program in Jackson, Clay and Platte counties, or through other agencies. For those who do not meet income guidelines, weatherization assistance and information may be available through the EnergyWorks KC partnership. See www.greenimpactzone.org/energy for details.

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