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Science and the Environment

University Extension Program Helps Businesses and Homeowners with Environmentally Friendly Upgrades

Bes Z

Judy Dasovitch talks with the University Extension's Jeff Barber about PACE.

Jeff Barber is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional,  registered architect and the Housing & Environmental Design State Specialist serving the Southwest Region for the University of Missouri Extension Program. He and his colleagues help the community with many aspects of environmental planning and home maintenance. This includes everything from teaching  individual citizens "Low Cost, No Cost Energy Savers" to collaborations with Drury University in community visioning.

Barber discusses the key aspects of PACE financing for communities and individuals as well as which projects are eligible. There are 30 states that have PACE enabling legislation. Missouri signed PACE into law with overwhelming bipartisan support in 2010. This new tool for economic development and renovation helps businesses and property owners overcome the initial cost barrier of energy upgrades and can be made available by cities and counties at little to no cost to the public.

Jeff Barber, University of Missouri Extension specialist, can be reached by emailing him at or by calling (417)343-5682.