White House pledges $452 million in stimulus efficiency cash ahead of Earth Day

The $452 million comes from DoE’s “Retrofit Ramp-Up” program that is aimed at large-scale efficiency overhauls of residential neighborhoods and commercial districts. The money will be spread across 25 initiatives in states nationwide.

"For forty years, Earth Day has focused on transforming the way we use energy and reducing our dependence on fossil fuel - but this year, because of the historic clean energy investments in the Recovery Act, we're poised to make greater strides than ever in building a nationwide clean energy economy," Biden said in a prepared statement today.

Examples of funding announced today include $10 million for efficiency projects in Indianapolis and Lafayette, Indiana.

“The project will transform a 470 square block neighborhood in the heart of Indianapolis to a more energy efficient and economically sustainable community by retrofitting a diverse range of buildings in the region including residential, industrial and commercial units, schools and nonprofits within a large neighborhood in Indianapolis,” the White House description of the projects states.

Wednesday's announcement is one of a suite of Earth Day-related events featuring over 10 cabinet secretaries and other senior officials over the next five days.

Events include Interior Secretary Ken Salazar making remarks before students on the National Mall Thursday; Commerce Secretary Gary Locke speaking in Jersey City, New Jersey Thursday at a project that’s turning a landfill into a wetland; and Council on Environmental Quality Chairwoman Nancy Sutley speaking at the Earth Day Network’s rally on the National Mall Sunday.