Earth Hour (organized by the World Wildlife Fund) is upon us this Saturday evening and 152 countries are turning off the lights for one hour to raise awareness about sustainability. Hundreds of millions of people around the world will plunge into darkness from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Moreover, the hour is about recognizing individuals and businesses around the world doing something inventive, imaginative and entrepreneurial to help build a better planet. Locally, I’m recognizing a few in my own community, first off my neighbors.
Tim and Loreen installed their solar panels making them only the second residents on the street to do so. Last weekend was their first time ‘off the grid’ and owner Tim boasted how he sold power back to National Grid while qualifying for NY State tax credits.
Want to buy a Nissan Leaf but worried about price, range and the charging experience? EV issues are being addressed and not just by Tesla and Albany businesses are taking notice. Thanks in part to NY State incentive programs, PEV (plug-in electric vehicles) charging stations are popping up at host places like ShopRite, Holiday Inn Downtown and Woodlake Apartments.
And lastly, my neighborhood Girl Scouts are on the cutting edge of the green movement. Not only does the Samoa cookie have far less palm oil (palm oil causes deforestation)than it used to but girls are reminding everyone to replace their incandescent light bulbs with energy-efficient light bulbs this month.