HARRISBURG, Pa., April 23, 2003 — Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future (PennFuture) marked Earth Day by inducting five new Green Energy Heroes into the Clean Electricity Hall of Fame.
The businesses, organizations and governments that are being heralded all made the switch to clean renewable energy, a move that guarantees cleaner air for the 1 million Pennsylvanians with respiratory problems.
“The institutions we honor are a new breed of American heroes,” said John Hanger, President and CEO of PennFuture. “Together, they are making our energy future more secure, avoiding pollution, and helping make Pennsylvania a thriving renewable energy marketplace. Their leadership is crucial to creating a safer, healthier 21st Century.”
The entities honored included:
— Char’s Bella Mundo of Harrisburg. Char’s Bella Mundo – an American Bistro is a warm and intimate restaurant with an inviting atmosphere located at 540 Race Street in Historic Shipoke, Harrisburg. This restaurant recently switched to 100% clean wind energy, provided by Community Energy (www.newwindenergy.com).
— Radnor Township. Radnor recently joined large and small municipalities around the nation in switching to green electricity. Radnor’s decision to buy 62% of the power used in its municipal buildings, parks and traffic lights as wind power was implemented by the Energy Cooperative (www.theenergyco-op.com).
— Kinko’s in Philadelphia. Kinko’s, Inc. recently made a historic decision to purchase 100% renewable energy for 13 Philadelphia stores, making it the cleanest powered retail chain in the area. Power for Kinko’s is provided by Green Mountain Energy (www.greenmountain.com).
— Mercyhurst College, Erie. Mercyhurst announced last week that it would purchase 10% of its electricity from clean wind energy, marking a tie with Pittsburgh’s Chatham College and the University of Pennsylvania for the largest percentage of windpower among the state’s colleges and universities. Community Energy is the provider.
— Sun & Earth, Norristown. Sun & Earth, a leading manufacturer of natural, environmentally-safe household cleaning products, is now using 100% wind energy, making it the first consumer products company in the state to go green. Community Energy is the provider.
“These institutions are taking powerful action against smog, acid rain, dangerous soot, mercury contamination, and global warming, since old outdated power plants are the single largest cause of air pollution,” continued Hanger. “For all of us who want to breathe easier, this is the best Earth Day present we could receive.”
The Clean Electricity Hall of Fame is located at PennFuture’s website, www.pennfuture.org. More information about buying clean energy is at www.cleanyourair.org.