Congratulations to the winners of our Vote Solar For Good Facebook challenge – Garden Oaks Elementary School, The Human Impacts Institute, and Philabundance! Hundreds of supporters voted for their favorite non-profits to receive a $1,500 solar donation from the Green Mountain Energy Sun Club, and these three organizations received the most votes in their respective states.
Here’s how these deserving organizations plan to use their solar donations…for good!
Garden Oaks Elementary School – Houston, Texas
This public Montessori magnet school with an emphasis on environmental science will receive $1,500 worth of solar lights to illuminate its walkways in the evening, and expose students to the environmentally-friendly beautification of their school. They will and use the lights to conduct experiments while monitoring energy savings.
The Human Impacts Institute works with East River State Park to bring free environmental education programs to community members and visitors of North Brooklyn. As the park does not have electricity, the solar-powered generator which will be donated by the Sun Club will be available for both HII workshops and events with other community partners. It will be used to charge batteries that serve their public events and workshops, such as outdoor lighting, cell phone chargers, portable fans and coolers, and music and environmental film screenings. It will also be used to host sustainable construction, energy efficiency, and cooking demonstrations.
Philabundance – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Philabundance is the largest hunger relief organization in the Delaware Valley, providing food to 65,000 neighbors in need each week. The solar generator they will receive from the Sun Club will help offset energy use at one of their warehouses. The saved funds will be used to provide food to those in the community who need it.
Green Mountain is also happy to offer each of the runner-up organizations volunteer service hours from at least four Green Mountain employees. These worthy non-profits include: Sci-Tech Discovery Center, The Gulf of Mexico Foundation, Fourth Arts Block (FABnyc), Groundwork Hudson Valley, Keep Philadelphia Beautiful, and The Fairmount Park Conservancy.
Thank you to all who participated and stay tuned for updates on how your votes have helped a lot of great organizations!