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STEP-UP Energy Grant Poster

The town of University Park has been awarded a three year, $1,425,000 grant from the United States Department of Energy (DOE). This grant was awarded following peer review of the town’s proposal submitted to the DOE’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program.


The purpose of this webpage is to provide information on this project. Here is the timeline of the project:

  • 15 December 2009: Proposal submitted by UP to DOE Funding Opportunity Announcement 0000148

  • 11 June 2010: Awards announced by DOE

  • 19 July 2010: UP Town Council votes to accept the grant, following a well attended public hearing at UP Elementary School

  • 6 August 2010: Initial meeting of the STEP-UP! advisory committee, formed to help the Mayor and the Town Council manage this project.

  • 11 August 2010: STEP-UP! formally approved by the DOE contracting office; Mayor Tabori sends DOE his confirmation of acceptance

  • 21 January 2011: STEP-UP! kick-off event. See the event flyer for details.

    Energy Coach

    STEP-UP Project Manager/Energy Coach has been hired:

    Suzanne Parmet can be reached at

    Primary Goals

    The primary goals of STEP-UP are to:

    1. improve the energy efficiency in about 25% of the homes in UP by facilitation of a low interest loan program and other incentives that will enable town residents to invest in energy efficiency upgrades tailored to the needs of their home

    2. invest in town wide energy efficiency projects, subject to Town Council approval, such as a solar energy project on a public building, efficient street lights, transportation, compositing, etc.

    3. document and quantitatively evaluate the improvements in energy efficiency brought about by this program and distribute case study materials to facilitate replication of our programs in other small towns.

    Further Information

    Further information about STEP-UP is available from the Town Hall presentation given on 19 July 2010 and the project summary of the proposal.

    The advisory committee will meet on a weekly basis during this transitional phase of the project. The council will be working with the Mayor and Town Council to develop the basic infrastructure of the project and initial relationships with STEP-UP partners, so that the Project Manager/Energy Coach can “hit the ground running” once hired.

    The advisory committee meetings will be advertised on the town website and are open to the public. University Park residents as well as neighbors interested in this project are welcome to attend.
  • Documents

    STEP-UP Project Summary

    STEP-UP Presentation

    STEP-UP Web Site RFP

    STEP-UP Web Site RFP Addendum

    View all STEP-UP documents