|Downtown Green Power Initiative Reaches Goal of 400 Blocks Sold
April 30, 2009 - KUB and the city of Knoxville, along with their initiative partners, recently celebrated the purchase of 400 blocks of green power by downtown residents and businesses through the "Make Downtown Green, Block by Block" campaign. The 400-block goal was a representation of the 400 city blocks in downtown Knoxville.
Mayor Bill Haslam and Susan Edwards of KUB reveal the success of the "Make Downtown Green, Block by Block" campaign.
The April 30 celebration on Market Square included comments from Mayor Bill Haslam and recognition of the downtown residents and businesses that made the campaign a success. In honor of the environmental commitment of these customers, KUB distributed 400 dogwood saplings during the event.
The downtown Green Power Switch initiative was launched in April 2008 by KUB, the City of Knoxville, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE), the Central Business Improvement District, and the Knoxville Chamber.
Green power, which is energy created by renewable resources such as wind, solar power and methane gas, is provided by KUB through TVA’s Green Power Switch® program. Each 150-kilowatt-hour block of green power purchased costs $4 per month. KUB remains the leader among all TVA power distributors in the number of blocks purchased per month by its customers.
“Downtown residents and businesses have demonstrated a sustaining commitment toward environmental improvement,” said Mayor Bill Haslam. “Many individuals and businesses have stepped up through this challenge to help improve our environment through the purchase of green power. We applaud their efforts.”
Mintha Roach, KUB President and CEO said, “KUB's role in the community goes beyond providing reliable utility service. We have a long history of making environmental responsibility a priority. I want to thank the many KUB customers who continue to show their environmental commitment through the purchase of green power.”
As an example, the purchase of 400 blocks of green power for one year will have the environmental impact of planting two hundred acres of trees or recycling 3,206,400 (96,000 pounds) of aluminum cans or recycling 353,200 pounds of paper.
KUB and TVA would like to thank participating residents and the following downtown businesses for joining us as Green Power Switch® customers and helping to reach the goal:
Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville
The Benefield Richters Company
Brewer Ingram Fuller Architects, Inc
Café 4 and The Square Room
City of Knoxville
Elizabeth Eason Architecture, LLC
Furrow Services, LLC
United States General Services Administration: Baker Building and Duncan Building
Knoxville Tourism & Sports Corporation
Mast General Store
McCarty Holsaple McCarty Architects & Interior Designers
The O’Hanlon Group
Public Building Authority
Salon Visage Market Square
Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
The Tomato Head
Toppenberg & Burke, P.C.
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
The following downtown businesses also provided support during the campaign: Clayton Bank and Trust; Coffee & Chocolate; Fiveman Productions, Inc; Ritchie Family Partnership, LP.
Other downtown residents and businesses, as well as all KUB customers, are encouraged to sign up for green power. For more information or to sign up, visit the Environment section online at www.kub.org.
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