Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Awards $12,500 to Support Earth Day 2007 Activities With Energy Star

Press Release Date:  Friday, February 02, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Greg Guess

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher announced today that $12,500 has been awarded by the Governor’s Office of Energy Policy (GOEP) to the Kentucky National Energy Education Development Project (NEED), a non-profit organization, to support Earth Day 2007 activities. This grant will enable 30 qualifying organizations to recognize Earth Day 2007 using the ENERGY STAR Change a Light, Change the World campaign.

“Taking the ENERGY STAR Change a Light, Change the World pledge gives all Kentuckians the opportunity to make a meaningful difference in our efforts to protect the environment,” said   Governor Fletcher. “Changing just one light to an ENERGY STAR qualified bulb can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save on energy costs.” 

“We are excited to help support Earth Day using the Change a Light campaign – what a great way to get our students and communities involved. Earth Day and ENERGY STAR make a great combination,” said Karen Reagor, coordinator for Kentucky NEED.

Schools, colleges and universities (public and private) and organizations such as scouting groups, 4-H clubs, municipalities and other non-profit groups or organizations are encouraged to apply for competitively awarded $350 mini-grants that can be used for Earth Day 2007 activities featuring the ENERGY STAR Change a Light, Change the World campaign.

The ENERGY STAR Change a Light, Change the World promotion is a national campaign that asks people to take a pledge to replace one incandescent light bulb with a compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL). CFLs use at least 2/3 less energy than standard incandescent bulbs. Combining Earth Day and ENERGY STAR gives all Kentuckians an individual action they can take that can help the environment.

Applicants are encouraged to use the mini-grant funds to partner with others in their community to increase the number of  Kentuckians who take the Change a Light pledge and change their world — one light at a time.

Grant applications and project ideas are available on-line at Applications must be submitted by February 28, 2007.

Educating Kentuckians about energy efficiency meets goals outlined in Governor Fletcher’s comprehensive energy strategy, Kentucky’s Energy – Opportunities for our Future, issued in February 2005. The strategy contains 54 recommendations to guide the Commonwealth’s energy policy and programs. Governor Fletcher’s comprehensive energy strategy can be found at the GOEP’s Web site:

Kentuckians will join others across the world in celebrating Earth Day on Sunday, April 22. Spearheaded by the Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet, a number of state agencies, local governments, businesses and organizations have joined together to celebrate Earth Day in the Commonwealth.  The state government theme for Earth Day this year will be energy. 

Visit the state Earth Day Web site at to learn more about Kentucky's Earth Day celebration.