ATLANTA - With federal stimulus funds coming down the pipeline, state and local governments now have the opportunity to make major upgrades and modernize the nation’s infrastructure. To encourage investment in projects with the greatest long-term impact, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has put together resources to help its members engage decision-makers in identifying and planning projects in their areas. Two resource packages providing a guide to economic recovery funding and energy efficiency in schools are being distributed to ASHRAE’s 124 chapters in the United States, encompassing some 35,000 members.

“The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provides significant funding to federal agencies and state and local governments for the improvement of government-owned infrastructure,” said Bill Harrison, ASHRAE president. “ASHRAE members have the knowledge, experience, and resources to assist state and local governments in determining projects with the greatest value and return on investment.”

ASHRAE Member’s Guide to Recovery Fundingprovides information on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, areas of funding, resources available, and tips for engaging state and local decision makers.

Energy Efficiency in Schools, Smart Investments of Recovery Fundingprovides information targeted to school administrators and state recovery fund managers to encourage investment in energy efficient schools.

The two packages and supporting information can be found at

Publication date:04/20/2009