Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Announces Grants to Encourage ‘Change a Light, Change the World’

Press Release Date:  Thursday, September 20, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Lee Colten

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher today announced a grant program to help schools, nonprofits and local governments spread a message of energy conservation:  “Change A Light, Change the World.”

Kentucky is taking part in a national campaign to encourage people to substitute energy-saving compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs for traditional incandescent bulbs – at least one in each home. The fluorescent bulbs use a fourth of the energy but last 10 times longer than standard incandescents.

“This campaign demonstrates that individual actions can have a big impact on our environment. We can purchase more efficient light bulbs and take other simple steps to use energy more wisely, and these individual actions add up to significant energy savings,” Governor Fletcher said.

The campaign – Change a Light, Change the World – is a joint effort of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. The Governor’s Office of Energy Policy (GOEP) and the Kentucky affiliate of the National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project are serving as pledge drivers and are making $350 mini-grants available to 50 organizations.

Schools, colleges, universities, municipalities and non-profit organizations such as scouting organizations and 4-H clubs are eligible for grants   Eligible activities might include:

  • Hosting a pledge drive
  • Presenting at civic and/or community events such as PTA meetings
  • Coordinating a public service announcement
  • Hosting a light bulb life-cycle cost booth for customers at a local retailer  

“Education is a big component of this project,” said Karen Reagor, Kentucky NEED executive director.  “People get excited when they find out a CFL bulb can save them up to $30 in energy costs over the life of the bulb and that every CFL can prevent more than 450 pounds of emissions from a power plant over the lifetime of the bulb.”  Nearly all the grant applicants from last year’s campaign included education and public awareness as part of their project.

To apply for funds, go to and click on the ‘Change a Light – Change the World 2007’ link in the Popular Links box to the right.  Or contact Karen Reagor at (866) 736-8942 or  Application deadline is Oct. 12, 2007. 

For information about national efforts visit