GREEN program promoted at Home Help Resource Fair in Macon

Middle Georgia residents looking to receive information about housing and home ownership such as budgeting and performing simple home maintenance, flocked to Macon to attend the Home Help Resource Fair on Sept. 14. The event, held at Central Georgia Technical College, attracted more than150 people.


Fort Valley State University’s Cooperative Extension Program, which offers housing education programs such as Home Buyer Education and Healthy Homes, supported the event by serving as a source of information for fair participants. The fair also providedFVSU an opportunity to promote its latest program designed to assist homeowners.


“Fort Valley State University’s Cooperative Extension Program participated,because we wanted to promote the new GREEN (Georgia Residential Energy Efficiency Network) project,” said Billy Brown, FVSU’s Cooperative Extension Program energy educator.


Brown said the GREEN program is designed to help homeowners become more energy efficient and conserve energy that will in turn save them money. “A lot of people don’t pay attention to their (energy) bill until they have to pay it,” Brown said. He said simple measures can be taken to cut down energy costs.


For example, a person may have a home with old windows that lets air in, but replacing those windows may be costly, however using caulk to seal any openings is the more economical choice.


Brown said that FVSU plans to participate in future events sponsored by members of the Georgia legislature to let them know of the importance of FVSU’s Cooperative Extension Program.


Congressman Sanford Bishop co-sponsored the activity along with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Middle Georgia.


In addition to the presence of Bishop, Edward Jennings, regional director of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and Pat Boisclair, director of Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Middle Georgia, were also present to assist attendees.


To learn more information about FVSU’s GREEN project, contact Billy Brown at (478) 825-6368 or






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