$30,000 Sun Club donation provides renewable energy to wildlife refuge and wilderness preserve
Pasadena, TX- The Green Mountain Energy™ Sun Club™ is becoming one with nature as its $30,000 donation to the Armand Bayou Nature Center funds a solar array for the wildlife refuge and wilderness preserve. The Nature Center will also receive an accompanying educational display to teach visitors how renewable energy works. The Sun Club is a unique program enabling Green Mountain Energy Company’s residential customers, including those in Pasadena, to provide solar power to non-profits like the Nature Center.
Armand Bayou Nature Center is a 2,500-acre preserve providing nature education to visitors and preserving the region’s original wetlands, bottomland forest, and tall grass prairies. The solar array will generate electricity for the organization’s new Visitor Center which houses a classroom, library, and laboratory. An educational display will accompany the array to teach students from surrounding districts the importance of solar energy and how environmental stewardship is essential to maintaining the quality of life and economic viability of the community.
“We’ve always appreciated the role of the sun as the energy source for our natural ecosystems and essential to our conservation programs,” said Tom Kartrude, executive director, Armand Bayou Nature Center. “Now it will become an energy source for our human-built systems and part of our environmental education programs, too. Solar just fits with who we are and will allow us to expand our positive impact in the community thanks to this generous donation from the Sun Club.”
The Visitor Center is currently under construction with the goal of achieving LEED certification. The Sun Club solar array will contribute to the points needed for that designation.ÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ The role of solar energy in human interactions with the environment will be explained in the Nature Center’s “Hands on History” programs, provided for grades K-7, that routinely examine the various uses of natural resources on the Nature Center’s restored 1900-era farm site.
“The Armand Bayou Nature Center is on a mission to preserve the environment, which makes them a perfect partner for Green Mountain and a worthy recipient of this solar donation,” said Tony Napolillo, Sun Club Program Manager, Green Mountain Energy Company. “Our Sun Club members are committed to that same mission, and this donation is made possible by their generous contributions.”
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Armand Bayou Nature Center
Established in 1974, the nonprofit Armand Bayou Nature Center remains one of the largest urban wilderness preserves in the United States, protecting over 2500 acres of almost vanished native habitats.Over 370 animal species have been reported at the Nature Center, including over 220 different birds.
Armand Bayou Nature Center is located at 8500 Bay Area Blvd. near Red Bluff Road in Pasadena, TX. The Center is open Wednesday through Saturday at 9:00 AM. On Sundays the Center opens at Noon. The last admission is at 4:00 PM. The gates and parking lot close at 5:00 PM. Admission fees are $2 for seniors over 59, $4 for adults, $2 for children 4 to 12, and children under 4 are free. On the third Sunday of every month, admission to the Center is free. Visitors are encouraged to wear sturdy shoes and be prepared for changing weather conditions. More information about Armand Bayou Nature Center is available at www.abnc.org.
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