In August 2009, $11.4 million in U.S. Forest Service Recovery Act grants were awarded to the State of Maine to help rural counties convert heating systems to wood/dual-fuel heating systems. The grants fund a program designed to achieve energy savings, reduce dependence on non-renewable energy resources, reduce greenhouse emissions, and support sustainable forestry.
Visit the USDA Blog to read the full story and see pictures of how these grants are being put to use.
The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) is using $5.5 billion in Recovery funds to convert federal buildings across the nation to high-performance green buildings, and to build new energy-efficient federal buildings, courthouses and land ports of entry.
Take a look at GSA’s interactive map to see details about investments in federal buildings across the country.
Community Health Centers across the country have received Recovery Act assistance through Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant programs. The Recovery Act provided $500 million to HRSA’s Community Health Center Programs to support increased demand at existing and new service sites. The Recovery Act also provided $1.5 billion in funding for construction, renovation and health information technology equipment. More than 1,100 centers have received funding to make capital investments and hire additional staff. These Federally Qualified Health Centers serve people regardless of their ability to pay.
Visit the Department of Health and Human Services website to read more about how three community health centers in California, Nebraska, and Alabama are using Recovery funds.
The U.S. Geological Survey has received $15.2 million in Recovery Act funding to modernize the monitoring networks and warning systems at five different volcano observatories in Alaska, Washington, Hawaii, California, and Yellowstone National Park. These funds will be used to replace aging analog seismic instruments with digital instruments that record a broader range of data. Improvements will also be made to the transmission systems that send data from volcanoes to the observatories for analysis.
To learn more about how Recovery funds are helping improve volcano monitoring visit the Department of the Interior’s website.
The National Institutes for Health has awarded two Recovery Act grants totaling $1 million to support scientific research to develop a new mobile application called “iHeal.” Scientists at the University of Massachusetts-Worcester and the Massachusetts Institute for Technology are testing an app that responds immediately to physiological changes in a person suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or substance abuse and proposes an appropriate intervention. Researchers say the technology would recognize “stressors that threaten a patient’s recovery and then [deliver] evidence-based interventions exactly at the moment of greatest need.”
If you think this app sounds pretty intelligent, it is! Learn how iHeal will work by visiting the HHS Recovery Site.
In January 2010 five private companies received a combined total of $50 million in Recovery grants from NASA to complete the initial steps in the design and construction of new space transportation vehicles. These “space taxis,” as NASA calls them, are intended to replace the NASA shuttle fleet when it is retired later this year. Three of the companies completed work on their projects in December, the other two completed work in the first quarter of 2011.
View more pictures and read the full story here.
In 2009 the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) received $9,879,750 in Recovery funds to help fund the construction of an affordable housing facility for the elderly in Hagerstown, Maryland. The award amount is the largest given to any Housing Authority in Maryland.
The four-story complex which is walking distance of downtown Hagerstown, will have 60 one bedroom, one bathroom apartments. The project is on track for completion next month.
To see picture of the project’s progress and find out more visit the HUD website.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) received $909,000 in Recovery funds to remove 37 unoccupied cottages and help restore nearly 35 acres of beach and dune habitat, at Long Beach West in Stratford, Connecticut. Work first began in early 2010, and paused from March 15 through September 15, 2010 to not disturb the federally protected nesting birds. The demolition of the cottages was completed in April 2011, and habitat restoration is now ongoing.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has received $167 million in Recovery funds to support coastal restoration in the US. NOAA’s Restoration Atlas, an interactive web-based map, provides information about Recovery projects such as project descriptions, project photos, and funding information. Some of these projects include the restoration of wetlands and coral reefs, the removal of fish passage barriers on coastal rivers and streams, and the restoration of fisheries. To learn more about Recovery funded marine and coastal habitat restoration projects visit the NOAA website or check out the Restoration Atlas.
Earlier this week, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced an offer of a conditional commitment for a $1.187 billion loan guarantee to support construction of a new, large-scale solar facility in California. According to DOE, the project is expected to create over 350 jobs and produce enough energy to power 60,000 homes. Visit the Energy Blog to read more about the project.