Yesterday morning, we presented a $2,500 Reduce Your Use For Good Grant to Conservation Consultants, Inc., a nonprofit organization that promotes responsible energy and resource use in home and buildings.
We enjoyed a tour of their facility and were extremely impressed with the innovative measures they take to make their facility as energy efficient as possible. Not only is their 3-story building Energy Star and Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certified it also features several recycling stations, motion sensor LED lighting, eco-friendly flooring and extensive solar paneling. On sunny days over 50 percent of the energy in the building, including water heating comes from the solar panels. This results in a substantial amount of saving on energy bills annually. The solar activity is all tracked on a daily basis via an online system that can be found here. Check it out!
To apply for the grant, Conservation Consultants, Inc. submitted a short video showcasing their facility and their mission. This is the fourth Reduce Your Use For Good grant that has been awarded in Western Pennsylvania. Earlier this year, we awarded Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley with a $2,500 grant for new energy-efficient lighting in its animal shelter in New Kensington, PA. Additionally, we awarded the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and Neighborhood Legal Services Association with $2,500 grants this past summer.
In an effort to use social media to drive social good, we’re leveraging our Facebook community to help award the grants. For every 2,500 new “Likes” we receive on our Facebook page, we will award another nonprofit applicant with $2,500 to be used toward reducing their energy use, helping them to continue the good work they do.
We’ve already awarded $130,000 to 53 nonprofits. Grant funds can be used for energy-efficient products or services to help nonprofits reduce their energy use. To be eligible, organizations must have a current and active Registered Charitable Number in Canada or 501(c)(3) status in the United States, be registered with and be in good standing with the appropriate state registration agency, and be in a Direct Energy service area.
For more information, visit ReduceYourUseForGood.com.