—Sun Club® Donation to Help New Park in Bellaire Achieve “Net Zero” Energy Status for Park’s Daily Operations—
HOUSTON – March 29, 2017 – Evelyn’s Park, a new five-acre community green space in Bellaire, Texas, is set to become one of the most sustainable parks in the nation with a $313,500 grant from the Green Mountain Energy Sun Club. With solar power, a rainwater capture system and on-site composting capabilities, the donation will help Evelyn’s Park achieve net zero energy status for the park’s day-to-day operations by late 2018, leading the way for parks across the country. Evelyn’s Park will open to the public on Saturday, April 22, 2017, to coincide with global Earth Day.
Once all systems come online in late 2018, Evelyn’s Park’s sustainable features will include
- 73 kilowatts of solar power across nearly 5,000 square feet of space to achieve net zero energy status for the park’s day-to-day electricity costs and operations (21 kilowatts of solar power have been installed to-date at the park)
- 20,000-gallon cistern to provide significant rainwater capture to mitigate 40 percent of the park’s overall water consumption
- Several on-site tumbler composters for use in the park’s organic gardens that will recycle fruit and carbohydrate based food waste, coffee grounds and some compostable packaging from The Ivy and James café, set to open in early 2017
“Evelyn’s Park is focused on enriching our local community by connecting people to their city, their surroundings and to each other,” said Mark Parsons, president of Green Mountain Energy Sun Club. “Supporting organizations like Evelyn’s Park is why the Sun Club was founded, and we’re proud to help them soon achieve net zero energy status for the park’s day-to-day operations.”
Evelyn’s Park, located at 4400 Bellaire Boulevard, will debut with a grand opening “Picnic in the Park” event on Earth Day – April 22 – from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., designed to bring the community together for an afternoon of family, food and fun.
“We are very excited to partner with the Green Mountain Energy Sun Club to make Evelyn’s Park a leader in sustainability and a resource for sustainability education for the local community,” said Patricia King-Ritter, board president of Evelyn’s Park Conservancy. “It is a priority for us to teach the importance of conservation as we aim toward our goal of becoming a net zero park, and the sustainability grant is helping us reach that goal.”
The April 22 event will showcase the park’s amenities and future programming to be offered on a year-round basis. The Sustainability Zone powered by the Green Mountain Energy Sun Club will promote on-site water bottle recycling and sustainable education activities, and feature fun Earth Day-themed photo opportunities and a community art piece involving solar panels.
To date, the Sun Club, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has donated more than $4 million to support over 90 nonprofits across the country through solar and sustainability project donations. To learn more about the Sun Club and how to nominate a worthy nonprofit for a sustainability grant, visit www.gmsunclub.com.
About Green Mountain Energy Sun Club
Since its founding in 2002, the Green Mountain Energy Sun Club has donated more than $4 million to solar and sustainability projects focusing on renewable energy, energy efficiency and resource conservation in numerous communities in Texas and also in the Northeast. Contributions to the Sun Club® come from Green Mountain Energy Company’s residential customers in Texas, as well as from Green Mountain, its employees and other Sun Club supporters. Green Mountain’s customers are vital to the Sun Club mission of supporting local nonprofit organizations through solar and sustainability projects. To learn more about the Sun Club and to apply for a sustainability grant, please visit www.gmsunclub.com
About Evelyn’s Park Conservancy
Founded in 2011, Evelyn’s Park Conservancy is a nonprofit citizens’ organization dedicated to the stewardship and improvement of Evelyn’s Park. Evelyn’s Park Conservancy is committed to designing, developing and transforming the 5-acre historic former Teas Nursery site into a park that will be both a quiet refuge and a flourishing place for the community by offering a blend of natural beauty, thoughtful design, and diverse programming that inspires and enriches the everyday of generations to come. For more information on the Conservancy, visit www.evelynspark.org. Follow the Conservancy at www.facebook.com/EvelynsParkBellaire.
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