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KY: “Lighten Up, Frankfort!” Paying Off In Tons and Greenbacks

August 9, 2010

FRANKFORT, Ky. - An ounce of effort is worth tons in reducing a community's carbon footprint, as a Franklin County project proves. And, the "Lighten Up, Frankfort!" project has earned some green for encouraging neighbors and groups to go green. A year-long project started in 2009 by The Frankfort Climate Action Network, or Frankfort CAN, has teams of households, churches and businesses working together to reduce their carbon emissions. The first-year cumulative results: 700,000 pounds or 350 tons in cuts of carbon dioxide.

Tona Barkley, a member of the Network who coordinates the "Lighten Up, Frankfort!" initiative, says it is producing real changes.

"We're changing the way we live. We're saving ourselves money. We're saving energy. And, we're helping to save a livable planet."

Barkley says small changes create energy-saving habits that anyone can do.

"It's simple things like increasing your recycling; turning down your thermostat a little bit; driving a fuel-efficient car or driving less; eating a few more vegetarian meals a week."

The "Lighten Up, Frankfort!" effort recently earned a $25,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to promote participation and hold community workshops about energy efficiency and climate change. The project goal for the next 12 months is to cut an additional 650 tons of carbon emissions.

More information about "Lighten Up, Frankfort!" can be found at

Renee Shaw, Public News Service - KY