Vt. housing group wins grant for energy efficiency

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) -- A nonprofit housing lender based in Rutland has won a $4.5 million federal grant to pay for energy efficiency projects in homes and municipal buildings.

Vermont's congressional delegation announced on Friday that NeighborWorks of Western Vermont would get the money as part of the federal stimulus package passed last year.

Sen. Bernie Sanders wrote the legislative provision under which the money is being rewarded. He says his hope was that communities would be able to use the money for energy efficiency projects.

Sanders says the money will save energy and money, help fight climate change and create jobs.

To read the senator's press release, click here.